Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised its best-seller in the SUV segment. The highlights of the new GLE include considerably more appealing front and the tail ends and extensive measures which make new benchmarks with regard to emissions and drive system possible. For the first time in its SUV history, Mercedes-Benz offers a plug-in hybrid model, the GLE550e 4MATIC, which combines maximum efficiency with outstanding performance. Outstanding safety and a high level of driving dynamics both on the road and in terrain are among the other strengths of the premium SUV. Furthermore, the GLE impresses with ground-breaking assistance systems and the innovative dynamic select, dynamic handling control system, which offers extensive drive and off-road programs for even the base model.
Even at first glance, the new GLE blends with the tradition and modernity. Classic SUV elements meet modern Mercedes-Benz design and form a convincing whole. On one hand, the dynamic appearance of the GLE is enhanced with the typical stylistic features of all generations. The characteristic C-pillar and the harmoniously integrated rear side window have been an integral part since this model series started in 1997. At the same time, elements of the modern Mercedes-Benz design catch the eye. The new wings with their arched wheel wells lend the entire front end more harmony and presence.
The best strategy for efficient driving has always been driving without unnecessary braking and accelerating. This is even more important in a hybrid model, because braking movement not only to deliver deceleration, but are also used to recover kinetic energy. The route or the traffic also has influence on the most efficient charging and discharging of the high-voltage battery. For this reason the intelligent drive system management aids the driver with specific control strategies in adopting the most efficient driving style.
With the start of the new GLE generation, the diesel model will be equipped with the optionally available off-road reduction gear and inter-axle differential lock. The transmission is fitted with a new type of torque converter with a high efficiency of 92% and a wide spread of 9.15 across the nine speeds. Both contribute to the high energy efficiency of the GLE models. Depending on the mode selected for the Dynamic Select variable dynamic handling control system, the 7G-TRONIC impresses with great agility and responsiveness or poised composure.
In the interior the larger media display stands out, which is now partially integrated into the instrument panel. The center air vents next to the display and the outer air vents are framed by classy silver shadow surrounds. In combination with the black high-gloss surround this emphasizes the sophisticated design of the interior. The center console houses the Command controller with the touchpad fitted above in an optimal ergonomic position. New colors make the interior even more attractive and lend it the feel good atmosphere that is typical of the brand. The choices now also include ginger beige, espresso brown, saddle brown or porcelain, which in combination with black interior elements create an interesting contrast. In addition to the standard aluminium with light colored longitudinal grain, the large trim elements are also available in a version featuring a particularly classy black piano lacquer or various types of wood open pore brown ash wood or the glossy wood types brown eucalyptus, black poplar or brown burred walnut. And especially sporty minded customers can choose high-quality AMG carbon fiber trim.
The price for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GL63 S Coupe is $110,225. With a price like that, you get a vehicle that is completely equipped with all the essentials that are trending in the automotive market currently.
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