The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE about the off-road offer it offers, nor about the looting capacity of some British SUVs that are competing for price. It’s a family car, above all, and a very good one.
Less changes are expected for the car’s grille, as the front grille of the test cars is identical to that of the current model, with a pair of horizontal slats and a large Mercedes-Benz badge in the middle. the lips of the ark, which give the car a more sturdy position and suggest that its path might be slightly wider. The overall wheelbase of the car could be longer too, as the test car seems to have a shorter front overhang. At the rear, the window is steeper than the current model, and it can be assumed that the design of the taillights has also been modified.
nside, the GLE Class has not changed dramatically since it was called the M-Class. The latest refreshed models have some details that align it more with the Mercedes sedans. Independent infotainment screens, revised sports seats and slightly smaller new steering wheels help create a slightly sportier atmosphere for the range. The GLE is better with a set of security options that include peripheral vision cameras and blind spot monitors. Likewise, its basic equipment is relatively complete, but apart from the optional leather and electric passenger seat, you will also have to pay a flat rate for a package that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Despite their flaws, these infotainment interfaces are much easier to use than the Mercedes COMAND system, with its non-touch screen and its multitude of equally unimpressive input paths (voice, handwriting, roll controller).
GLE with the traditional SUV body can be equipped with a basic powertrain. Under the GLE 350 badge, Mercedes equips a 3.5-liter V6 producing 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Good for 0-60 mph time of about 7.5 seconds, the smooth and fast GLE 350 sends power to the rear or all four wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddle controls.
The SUV body can also accommodate a hybrid plug-in model. In the 550LE GLE, Mercedes takes the V-6 and adds electric motors and lithium-ion batteries for a total of 436 hp and as much as 19 miles of electric driving only. The GLE 550e offers four driving modes in all, with special programs to charge the battery and another to save the battery of 8.8 kW. On a 220-volt charger, charging the batteries takes about two hours.