Set to premiere in October at the Paris Motor Show and arrive in showrooms next year, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE is already a standout in the segment its predecessors innovated. To ensure the instantaneous effect of its presence, Mercedes-Benz delivers a new GLE that is refined yet rugged and more technologically advanced than any luxury SUV that has come before.
"The new GLE is not only more comfortable than ever before on the road, but also shows its superior off-road character off the beaten track. This alone shows our determination to reinforce our claim to leadership in the SUV segment," says Ola Kallenius, corporate research, Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz Cars development. "Significantly more space in the interior, the new control concept, considerably extended and refined driver assistance systems, the best aerodynamics in the segment, a completely new range of engines and numerous other innovations emphatically underline this."
Heading up the impressive package that is the Mercedes-Benz GLE are five essential innovations: E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, turn-off functionality for Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, 4MATIC® all-wheel drive and an exclusive adjustable second row.
The world-first E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL utilizes a 48-volt active suspension that enables individualized spring and damping control at each wheel, providing superior stability and balance. Active Stop-and-Go Assist works at speeds up to 37 mph to help mitigate fuel loss in high-volume traffic and automatically works with Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC® to get back up to speed when traffic dissipates. New for Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function is a turning feature that will sense the potential for a collision when turning across an oncoming lane and brake when necessary.
Also new is fully variable 4MATIC® AWD, offered with the GLE 450 4MATIC®. A transfer case with an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch allows torque to be distributed between the front and rear axle anywhere from 0-100 percent depending on drive mode. For the 2.0-liter turbo-equipped GLE 350 4MATIC®, a different transfer case distributes torque evenly between the front and rear axles at a consistent 50:50 ratio.
Thanks to a 3.1-inch extension of the wheelbase from the previous generation, the new GLE is both more imposing on the road and more spacious on the inside. Capitalizing on this space, Mercedes-Benz offers the GLE with a world-first fully electrically adjustable second row that provides greater flexibility no matter your needs. Second-row leg room is expanded by 2.7 inches for superior passenger comfort, and 40:20:40 adjustable backseats enable better cargo versatility when necessary.
The innovative new Mercedes-Benz GLE will reportedly be built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and arrive in dealerships in 2019.
This article is presented by Zimbrick European in Madison, WI.