In­creased pres­ence of Mercedes GLE

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - YOURCAR -

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.

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