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The GLE and GLE Coupé: Bestsellers now even better

  • Electrified: new diesel models with 48-volt system
  • Even more to experience: useful functions for off-road use and trailer operation
  • Digitised: MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system now even more intelligent


Stuttgart. Versatile: the Mercedes-Benz GLE and its sporty offshoot, the GLE Coupé, are just as suitable
for families and leisure time as they are for long-distance journeys and transporting loads. 4MATIC
ensures that you can get through even in poor traction conditions or off-road terrain on gradients of up
to 100 percent. A towing load of up to 3.5 tonnes makes it possible to pull a horse trailer, a valuable
classic car or a larger caravan.

Mercedes-Benz has now updated the exterior, interior, technology and equipment of the model generation
launched in 2018. The engine range is now electrified throughout. It includes mild hybrids with a 48-volt
system and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) as well as fourth-generation plug-in hybrids. Most models
now have more power than the previous versions.

The Driving Assistance Package contains further improved specific functions, for example for the Active
Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. The Parking Package with 360°
camera supports the driver when manoeuvring into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.
Another new feature is the “transparent bonnet” function. If the off-road drive program is switched on, the
central display shows a virtual view under the front of the vehicle – helping to make this noticeably easier in
steep terrain.

The GLE’s lineage began with the M-Class. With it, Mercedes-Benz established the premium SUV segment in 1997. The global success continued with the GLE launched in 2015. The current model series followed in 2018. The GLE and GLE Coupé are produced at the Tuscaloosa Mercedes-Benz plant (USA).


Equipment: designed for off-road use and towing a trailer

Most drivers of a GLE only travel on paved roads or in easy to moderately difficult off-road terrain.
Mercedes-Benz has therefore recompiled the scope of the Off-Road Engineering Package in order to be
able to offer it at a much lower price for the purely combustion-engined models of the GLE. Components
include an underride guard and, in combination with AIRMATIC air suspension (optional extra), 30
millimetres more ground clearance.


The “Off-Road Mode” in the current MBUX generation turns special content such as gradient, roll angle,
compass and steering angle into a visual experience. In conjunction with the optional Parking Package with
360° camera, it offers the “transparent bonnet” function. When the Off-Road Mode is active, the central
display shows a virtual view under the front of the vehicle, including the front wheels and their steering
position. The view is composed of the images from the 360° camera. The “transparent bonnet” is extremely
helpful: it enables the driver to better recognise obstacles such as large stones or deep potholes in his/her
path. This function also offers advantages when driving over ramps or crests.

The GLE pulls off even more: all-wheel drive and a gear ratio designed for traction enable a high towing
capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes and a tongue weight of up to 140 kg. The fully electric trailer coupling is
particularly convenient: via a button in the tailgate or a panel on the central display, the ball neck together
with the socket for the trailer electrics is swung out from under the car at the touch of a button and
automatically fixed in the operating position. After use, it retracts back into its rest position behind the
bumper equally effortlessly. A special feature is also provided for those who do not use the coupling to tow
a trailer, but to carry bicycles for example: the trailer coupling has two extra bolts on the ball neck to carry
a suitable cycle rack safely. Its load capacity is 100 kg – this means that e-bikes can also be taken along.

The extended Trailer Manoeuvring Assist now works via a camera-based system and is thus also suitable for
trailers with their own stabilisation device against rolling movements. In addition, the assist system makes
manoeuvring with a trailer even easier, and is more convenient and safer. The system automatically
regulates the steering angle of the towing vehicle up to a speed of 5 km/h and an uphill gradient of up to 15
percent. It is also integrated into MBUX and can be operated intuitively via the touchscreen. In addition to
stabilising the combination when reversing, the system can also guide it around freely selectable bends of
up to 90 degrees. The steering of the towing vehicle is operated automatically so that the selected angle is
maintained. This allows more precise positioning of a trailer. Drivers can also select a corresponding
function once the trailer has reached the desired direction and needs to reverse in a straight line. The entire
manoeuvring process can be followed from different camera perspectives on the central display. Dynamic
guide lines show the path ahead and the vehicle width. The system must be briefly trained. However, no
markings on the trailer are necessary for the visual measurement of the drawbar length.

Thanks to improved surround sensors, the parking systems give the driver even better support when
manoeuvring. Integrated into MBUX, they can be operated more intuitively and quickly. Unlike in the
predecessor model, Active Steering Assist now remains activated in towing mode. The system helps the
driver to stay in lane automatically, even when cornering slightly.

Exterior design: new daytime running light signets

A number of detailed changes to the exterior give the GLE SUV and GLE Coupé a distinctly more modern
appearance. The new front bumper provides more visual presence. Two horizontal louvres with chrome
inserts run through the radiator grille of the GLE. The grille of the outer air intakes has been given a
horizontal chrome fin.


The so-called light flare in the headlamps is characteristic of Mercedes-Benz. With the standard LED
High-Performance headlamps, two light points complement the distinctive daytime running light signet,
while with the optional MULTIBEAM LED there are four light points. The designers have also revised the
interior of the tail lights: on the GLE, the light signet is formed by two horizontal blocks, on the GLE Coupé it
is two bars.


The AMG Line exterior is now standard on the GLE Coupé. Elements of this line include the diamond grille
with Mercedes-Benz pattern in chrome, the AMG front apron with chrome trim, AMG side sill panels and
wheel arch cladding in the vehicle colour, as well as the AMG rear apron with diffuser-look insert.


Fresh additions to the colour palette of these two SUVs are sodalite blue metallic and MANUFAKTUR alpine
grey solid. Two aerodynamically optimised light-alloy wheels in 19- and 20-inch sizes complete the line-up
of choices for the GLE. They feature a high-sheen finish and a five-twin-spoke design. The AMG Line
exterior also features a new 21-inch wheel design. The ambient lighting with animated projection of the
Mercedes-Benz pattern is available as a new optional extra.

Interior: with fine details from the Mercedes-Maybach GLS and Mercedes S-Class


New on board the GLE and GLE Coupé is the latest-generation steering wheel with sensor surfaces on the
horizontal spokes. With these touch elements on the right and left, the driver can operate the driver and
central displays from the steering wheel.


A special eye-catching feature in the interior is the chrome look of the centre and side air vents. Previously
they were edged in black, but now the slats are galvanised in real metal, as in the Mercedes-Maybach GLS.
For the interior colours, the equipment combinations catalana beige/black (GLE SUV) and bahia
brown/black (GLE SUV and GLE Coupé) have been added. The black/classic red appointments available
exclusively for the coupé and in combination with AMG Line are particularly sporty.


The trim range continues to be broadly diversified between classic and progressive. Familiar from the
Mercedes-Maybach GLS and now also available for the GLE SUV and GLE Coupé is the “MANUFAKTUR piano
lacquer black flowing lines” trim. If black appointments are selected, the seats are available in a nappa
leather finish. With ambient lighting, the same colours and colour palettes can be selected as in the S-Class.
Two USB ports (optional extra) delivering 100 W of power are available in the rear armrest as practical
charging options.


The premium audio system Burmester® surround sound system which now also features the personal
sound setup as well as the Dolby Atmos immersive audio experience. Thirteen speakers, 13 separate
amplifier channels and a system output of 590 watts are further features of the Burmester® surround sound
system.


Newly available as an optional extra is ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL. The system monitors air quality using air
quality and fine particle sensors. A two-stage filter concept reduces fine particles and a large proportion of
other pollutant components. Depending on the measurement value, the vehicle intelligently switches
between fresh air and air-recirculation modes.


Latest generation of MBUX: intuitively operated and capable of learning


With the second generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system, the GLE
and GLE Coupé are now also up to date. The vehicle interior becomes even more digital and intelligent, as
both the hardware and software have made great strides: numerous vehicle and comfort functions can be
controlled on the LCD screens in brilliant display views. The sizes of the driver and central displays, each
measuring 12.3 inches, have been retained. The central display can be operated directly and conveniently
as a touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available wirelessly.


The driver and central displays offer a holistic, aesthetic experience. They present information in a
structured and clearly defined way. The appearance can be individualised with a total of three display
styles (classic, sporty, discreet) and four modes (navigation, assistance, service, off-road).

Hey Mercedes: the increasingly sharp voice assistant


The voice assistant “Hey Mercedes” becomes more interactive and capable of learning by activating online
services in the Mercedes me App. Moreover, occupants can trigger certain actions even without the
activation keyword “Hey Mercedes”. These include taking a telephone call, for example. Hey Mercedes also
explains vehicle functions on hearing the “Help” command, and provides assistance when asked how to
connect a smartphone by Bluetooth or where the first-aid kit can be found, for example. Hey Mercedes
even recognises the position of the occupants. In addition, other vehicle functions such as the interior
lighting or the blinds can now be controlled by voice commands.


Powertrain: systematic electrification

Thanks to mild hybrids with 48-volt technology and the Integrated Starter Generator, the GLE SUV and GLE
Coupé are now electrified throughout. Most models now have more power than the previous versions.

Technical data at a glance


Success story: the Tuscaloosa plant

When the plant was founded in 1995, the location was the first major Mercedes-Benz plant outside
Germany. About two thirds of annual production is exported – making Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
(MBUSI) based there one of the largest automotive exporters in the USA. Since 1997, about four million
vehicles have rolled off the assembly line at the plant in Tuscaloosa. In 2021 alone, it was some 260,000
SUVs.


The Tuscaloosa plant uses modern digital, sustainable, efficient and flexible production methods. The site
thus follows the blueprint of Factory 56 in Sindelfingen, which symbolises the future of automotive
production at Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz invested in flexible production at an early stage and also
used the modern digital production ecosystem MO360. This enables Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa to
produce models with combustion engines, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles in large quantities in
parallel.

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