Increased presence of Mercedes GLE
Mercedes has revealed its second-generation GLE, which comes with a host of new clever technologies.
The mid-size SUV, which takes on the likes of the Audi Q7 and BMW X5, features a new look and refreshed range of engines.
Adopting the latest corporate design of the German firm, the Mercedes GLE is 80mm longer than its predecessor.
The result is a car that has a greater road presence than before, and is “even more spacious and comfortable”.
It is the first time a GLE has been offered as a sevenseater, while boot space is up to 825 litres with five seats in place – a 125-litre increase.
Comfort has been improved for second-row passengers, with the seats now electrically adjustable.
Typical Mercedes cabin design features, with the new MBUX infotainment system making an appearance on a 12.3inch touchscreen display following its debut on the new A-Class hatchback.
It’s completed by an equal-size LED screen in place of the traditional instrument cluster in front of the driver.
A technological highlight of the second-generation SUV is E-Active Body Control, a trick suspension system that individually controls spring and damping forces on each wheel to counteract body roll, pitch and squat for more comfortable driving.
At launch, the Mercedes GLE will have a new, sixcylinder 48v mild-hybrid powertrain developing 384bhp. Diesel options and a “long-range” hybrid will follow later, although details on these have yet to be confirmed.
All-wheel drive will be offered on all engines, with a fully variable system available if the Offroad package is selected. The new Mercedes GLE will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show, taking place from October 4 to 14. It’s set to go on sale early next year in Europe, although the pricing and specifications for the UK have yet to be confirmed.