New Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe brake cover
German luxury auto giant Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new GLE and GLE Coupe with a fresh look, new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain and plug-in hybrid model, along with additional tech. It is available in several trim levels, including the new 400e 4Matic. Interestingly, the AMG 53 is now more potent than its predecessor. Meanwhile, it introduced the current generation of the SUV back in 2018.
New Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe: Design
The GLE and GLE Coupe have not received any drastic but subtle design updates. It gets a new headlamp design and new daytime driving lights. The latter has drawn inspiration from recently updated siblings, such as the new generation GLC. The daytime driving lights comprise flare-style light elements adjoined by two light points (four points with optional multibeam LED headlamps). Mercedes has also updated the taillight cluster - the GLE gets two horizontal blocks, while the GLE Coupe comes with two bars. In addition, the twins feature a newly designed grille and front and rear bumpers. Notably, the AMG Line exterior package is now standard for the GLE Coupe.
Further, the brand offers a choice of 19- and 20-inch aerodynamically optimised alloy wheels with the GLE range. The AMG Line exterior package sports a fresh set of 21-inch wheels. Meanwhile, the new GLE and GLE Coupe benefit from two new paint options - Manufaktur alpine grey solid and sodalite blue metallic.
New Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe: Interior
The highlights of the interior are a new steering wheel with touch capacitive controls, fresh upholstery shades, and air-con vents made from galvanised metal similar to the Maybach GLS. The new colour range consists of catalana beige/black (GLE-only) and Bahia brown/black. In addition, a dual-tone black and classic red combination are exclusively available for the GLE Coupe that matches its sporty AMG Line package. The refreshed duo has also borrowed 'manufaktur piano lacquer black flowing lines' trim from the Maybach GLS.
Unlike the split screen setup on the new C-Class, GLC, and flagship S-Class, the GLE and GLE Coupe continue with the same single-piece panel system as the previous model that comprises two 12.3-inch displays. However, Mercedes has updated it with the latest iteration of the MBUX, bringing in wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto users. The system also features MBUX Smart Home Function. One can even ask questions to the updated MBUX assistant about home. For instance, "Hey Mercedes, is there anybody in my home right now?"
The 13-speaker, 590-watt Burmester surround sound system now offers two new features, such as personal sound setup and Dolby Atmos. The two 100W USB ports in the rear armrest and energising air control are available as optional extras.
New Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe: Trims and Powertrains
All trims of the new GLE and GLE Coupe are now completely electrified. Thanks to the 48-volt mild-hybrid functionality and integrated starter generator, which is now available across their diesel versions. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz has equipped them with a fourth-gen plug-in hybrid technology, offering an EV-only WLTP-tested driving range of up to 109km. For this, it provides an 11kW charger, while a 60kW DC fast charger is optional.
Trim options for the European market include 450 4Matic, 300d 4Matic, and 450d 4Matic, along with 350de 4Matic and a new 400e 4Matic.
New Mercedes-AMG 53 and 63 S: Key highlights
First up, the AMG models feature the AMG logo on the bonnet instead of the Mercedes-Benz emblem. It will be applicable to all future AMG models. The highlights of the AMG versions include 22-inch forged alloy wheels for GLE 63 S Coupe, an AMG performance exhaust system, a Burmester sound system, a memory package, a 360-degree camera, keyless entry, and blind spot assist are standard equipment for the 53. Whereas, the 53 Coupe now gets temperature-controlled front seats, MBUX AR function, and multibeam LED headlamps as standard.
The 63 S, along with an air balance package, multi-contour front seats, and a heads-up display, also benefits from MBUX interior assistant, temperature-controlled cup holders, and AMG logo projectors in the front doors.
Powering the 53 4Matic+ is a turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol motor producing 435PS and 560Nm of torque, which is an increment of 40Nm over the previous model. Whereas, the top-of-the-line 63 S gets the same V8 twin-scroll turbo-petrol mill that generates 612PS and 850Nm of torque. Both engines come with a 48-volt mild hybrid assist and integrated starter generator that also provides a brief power boost of 22PS and 200PS (250PS in 63 S).
New Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe India launch
Since the automaker offers both models in India, it is likely to bring the updated GLE and GLE Coupe to the country sometime later this year. The newer 53 and 63 S are also expected to arrive later.
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