2020 Mercedes GLE SUV Review: Specs, Release Date & Price

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 - BMW

Here is The New Updates of 2020 Mercedes GLE. The 88th edition of the World Auto Show opens tomorrow and Mercedes has just unveiled the preview of the new generation of GLE, it’s family SUV. More chic, technological and now with 7 seats, he will face him, exposed at the same time, his rival forever, the new BMW X5.

It is in a Parisian monument of art deco, the Molitor Pool, that Mercedes has chosen to lift the veil on its 2020 Mercedes GLE. The family SUV plays continuity. Visually, it is in line with Mercedes’ new visual identity that goes through tapered lights and a trapeze grille.

The rear part retains the custodian connected to the bezel of his ancestor, the M-Class, while the lights take the form of diamonds. On board, the GLE cleans and adopts a 100% digital dashboard that combines two 12-inch screens one touch, the other not. This instrumentation is completed by a head-up display and a gesture control system. To govern all the multimedia features, he relies on the MBUX voice system, the same as on board the new A-Class.

With a wheelbase that borders the 3 meters, the GLE is much more welcoming than before. In the second row, the bench is fixed as standard with a 40/20/40 cut. The novelty is, of course, the arrival of two additional optional rear seats. A benefit that was sorely missed. He joins the Audi Q7 and BMW X5. Unfortunately, we could not test them since the version displayed was in 5 places configuration. The trunk also wins with 825 liters in 5-seater configuration and up to 2,055 liters with all rear seats folded down.

2020 Mercedes GLE Redesign

Aesthetically, we recognize his ancestor by the common detail that are the rear window panes connected to the rear window, which gives not only an original identity but also does a remarkable job to reduce blind spots. We find otherwise the latest stylistic elements of the brand with tapered projectors, a trapezoidal grille, and refined taillights. If the goal was to lighten the silhouette of this beautiful baby 5.92 m, it is achieved: all, proportionate and dynamic, has a much less massive appearance than its main competitors are the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7.

2020 Mercedes GLE Towing Capacity

But it is inside that the 2020 Mercedes GLE evolves in the most spectacular way by receiving as standard the pair of contiguous 12.3-inch screens formed of the instrumentation as well as the multimedia system MBUX and integrating them perfectly (contrary to other models of Mercedes where it looks almost like a last-minute addition) in a dashboard in the purest style of the best effect.

The electric seats at the front allow concocting a driving position making a little more forget the elevated nature of the machine and the rear seat is absolutely royal thanks to a considerable wheelbase reaching the three meters. Like the previous generation, it is possible to add two additional folding seats in the huge trunk volume of 630 dm3 but, as often, they are reserved for children as the leg room is counted. It is also an option to $3475 which also includes the power back seat and the time needed to fold his back, keeping your finger on the button, to finally access the third rank is unbearably long.

Representing more than 90% of sales, three diesel engines are already available: a 4-cylinder 2.0 of 245 hp 500 Nm and a 6-cylinder inline 3.0 in 272 hp and 600 Nm or 330 hp and 700 Nm, for relatively close performance since only 1.5 s separates the two extremes over the 0 to 100 km / h range from 5.7 to 7.2 s. Only one gasoline offer exists for the moment: a 6-cylinder in-line 3.0 turbocharged 367 hp and 500 Nm with micro-hybridization 48V which will soon be joined by the 53 AMG with the same engine pushed to 435 hp and 520 Nm then by a rechargeable hybrid version. All engines are associated with a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 4matic all-wheel drive.

2020 Mercedes GLE Engine Specs

At launch, the GLE will start with a single gasoline engine. A 6-cylinder 357 hp equipped with a 48V technology that provides a “boost” function and a braking energy recovery. All this is intended to lower emissions rates and pump-outs. The range will then be expanded with four cylinders, petrol and diesel, and a rechargeable hybrid version. In all cases, the transmission will be provided by the 9-speed automatic transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

2020 Mercedes GLE Performance

The courses, extremely playful, are sometimes strangely convoluted in their succession of pins, moguls and cuvettes and the coating is very changeable, with imperfections ranging from small bleeding to severe potholes.

And it is without a doubt for these reasons that Mercedes wanted to organize press tests of the 2020 Mercedes GLE for the good and simple reason that it is now equipped with pneumatic suspension series. Unsurprisingly, it is not the sharpest tool to perform a really special, it is even a little clumsy with a lack of communication direction, but it is against a real machine to smooth the landscape giving the impression of having taken a seat on a flying carpet, despite the 20-inch wheels of our test model. Add a remarkable soundproofing and a very torquey engine and you have an ideal transcontinental tele transportation device.

And by “very torquey” is meant “like a locomotive”. Our test model is indeed a 350d, the diesel intermediate developing 272 hp but especially 600 Nm from 1200 to 3200 rpm, a range in which the nine-speed automatic transmission is happy to stay. What quickly forget the 2,235 kg of all that is torn off the ground with ease, with a 0 to 100 km / h announced in just 6.6 s.

Fuel Economy

Unfortunately, the gravity brings you painfully to reality when going to the pump since, at the end of our test, we found an average of 8.8 l / 100 km with only two people on board and adopting a flexible driving.

Long stretches of highways have allowed us to experiment with Adaptive Cruise Control for a long time and it is one of the most effective on sale today. In fact, it offers complete autonomy in traffic jams by taking care of all the functions related to driving from 0 to 60 km / h but, above all, it shows great flexibility, preserving with the talent the occupants of steering, braking or acceleration.

2020 Mercedes GLE Configuration & Equipment

With this new generation of GLE, Mercedes wanted to simplify the range by offering only two finishes. Assuming that the selling price is on average $92,374, the manufacturer has decided to dispense with the first levels and start the direction of the already complete Avantgarde Line, from 67,600 €. It includes Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Detector, Parking Assist Pack with Rear View Camera and Parking Assist with Front / Rear Proximity Cameras, Front Headlamps and LED Tail Lights , cruise control, Airmatic air suspension, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, Dynamic Select system with lowering of the suspension in the Sport / Sport plus program or bearing in the Offroad / Offroad plus program, keyless start, electric tailgate,

Accessible from $80,267, the AMG Line finish, especially cosmetic, complete with an AMG body kit, 20-inch wheels on the outside and a multifunction sports steering wheel and AMG crankset on the inside.

Among the most notable options, the Mercedes GLE can receive wheels up to 22 inches ($2578), a leather upholstery ($2690), Multibeam headlights ($1400), a Burmester High-End sound system 3D ($6614), the head-up display ($1345), the maneuvering assistant with trailer ($500) or the E-Active Body Control suspensions with roll and pitch compensation ($8,744).

Level 3 autonomous driving

The GLE is not immune to the arrival of many driving aids such as a system able to anticipate traffic jams and take over from the driver during a traffic accordion up to 60 km / h. In fact, the Distronic cruise control and active distance control is able to anticipate a traffic jam thanks to the information communicated by the GPS connected to the traffic info. Once the slowdown is in sight (the cap is also detected by a camera and a radar), an “active congestion assistant” ensures autonomous driving up to about 60 km / h. If the vehicle stops, it can restart alone (maximum stopping time of one minute). On multi-lane roads, the directional assistant offers a function that facilitates the passage of a vehicle. urgency: the car runs as far as the edge of the lane. Mercedes also offers for the first time a maneuvering aid with trailer.

In terms of comfort, in addition to the system that analyzes the road upstream (Road Surface Scan) and the one that compensates the inclination in turns, the GLE receives a new undercarriage E-Active Body Control. It individually regulates the suspension and damping characteristics of each wheel to counter not only roll movements but also pitching and vertical movements.

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