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A sportier choice

Stuttgart.  Mercedes-Benz is combining two classes of vehicle – each with its own distinct style – to make a new model, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.     

The sporty nature of a coupé predominates, rather than the distinctive lines of a pure off-roader.

With its flowing side contour, elongated and low greenhouse, striking radiator grille with central chrome louvre and rear end design, the GLE Coupé cites styling features typical of particularly sporty Mercedes-Benz models.

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The GLE Coupé will be premiered with the following engine variants: a diesel rated at 190 kW (258 hp) and the petrol model rated at 245 kW (333 hp).

On top of this are the particularly powerful and exclusive AMG models with an engine line-up ranging from 270 kW (367 hp) to 430 kW (585 hp).

In addition to the generous amount of standard equipment, DYNAMIC SELECT with up to five driving modes, the Sports Direct-Steer system and the driver assistance systems typical of the brand, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé always comes with the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as well as 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive.

The GLE Coupé is the new addition to the successful portfolio of Mercedes-Benz coupés.

Alongside the classic two-door C, E and S-Class models and the four-door CLS and CLA Coupés, the new Coupé combines the physiognomy and lightfootedness typical of this family of vehicles with the versatility and robustness of an SUV.

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DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes: highly variable – from racy and sporty to poised and comfortable

The GLE Coupé feels very sporty right from the word go. Despite the similarity to an SUV with its raised seating position and an all-round view that is expansive for a coupé, the occupants are led to believe that they are in sports rather than off-road mode.

The sound is reminiscent of a sports car, and combined with the spontaneous and direct response to all commands provides an emotional driving experience.

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Optionally the GLE Coupé can also create a superior feeling of calm, coupled with unshakeably serene driving dynamics.

These two opposite worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé, with DYNAMIC SELECT, is different.

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Thanks to DYNAMIC SELECT, the feat of combining sporty with comfortable is admirably achieved. The four driving modes available in conjunction with AIRMATIC ADS, namely INDIVIDUAL, COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT, and the optional SPORT+ mode for the GLE 400 4MATIC, are selected using the rotary actuator in the centre console.

The variable dynamic control system then activates pre-programmed setups. The system networks all the control systems, generating different sets of parameters for distinct driving experiences.

The names speak for themselves: SPORT turns the GLE Coupé into a sporty and dynamic vehicle with strong linear and lateral dynamics.

The experience is even more intense in SPORT+ mode: this exhilarates with an even more sporty steering and accelerator response, plus the gear changes of the 9G-TRONIC transmission whose downshifts with double-declutch function are acoustically emphasised.

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The completely new configured AIRMATIC lowers the suspension in SPORT and SPORT+ for even more agile and direct handling.

COMFORT mode is the opposite end of the spectrum. Here the emphasis is on the feel-good parameters so typical of Mercedes-Benz saloon cars, for relaxed, effortless cruising with the greatest possible energy efficiency.

The COMAND displays take on lesser importance and, like the engine, dial instruments such as the rev counter show a relaxed response to the driver’s commands.

In combination with the comfort-oriented control of the powertrain and suspension, the result is a feel-good ambience at the level of a saloon.

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The engine sound is reduced to a pleasant timbre, and the feedback from the road surface and surroundings is considerably quieter in the interior.

SLIPPERY optimises the handling on surfaces with low friction coefficients such as snow or ice. In addition, INDIVIDUAL mode enables the driver to programme and store personal preferences in the individual control strategies, regardless of the engine variant.

The large central display visualises the individual DYNAMIC SELECT modes with photo-realistic graphics. In SPORT+, for example, the vehicle is depicted on a racetrack with red-and-white kerbs, and the driver is able to read off data such as linear and lateral acceleration or the steering angle in real time.

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A perfect combination: 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive and 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission

In the GLE Coupé, Mercedes-Benz is showing the possibilities of the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission in an all-wheel drive coupé with a longitudinal drive configuration.

Depending on the choice of driving mode, the 9G-TRONIC functions with high agility and responsiveness or effortless calm.

The potential of the new transmission is exploited to the full. It offers an impressively high shift speed and perfect transitions for energetic sprinting as well as with gentle, barely perceptible gear changes for enjoyable cruising.

4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive always goes hand in hand with safe, harmonious and sporty handling. The GLE 350 d 4MATIC and GLE 400 4MATIC models feature even torque distribution of 50:50 between the front and rear axles.

Thanks to perfect interaction between the modified dynamic control systems of ASR, ESP® with Curve Dynamic Assist, the 4ETS all-wheel drive system and ADAPTIVE BRAKE, longitudinal and lateral dynamics are increased to an above-average level.

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Stability pact: AIRMATIC with ADS Plus and Sports Direct-Steer

In addition to the ground-breaking powertrain configuration, the AIRMATIC air suspension newly designed specifically for the GLE Coupé, and available for the first time with the continuously variable damping system ADS Plus, guarantees extremely stable driving.

The damping system changes its priorities depending on the preselected driving mode. SPORT+ focuses on the greatest possible lateral dynamics with the best possible ride comfort.

Conversely, COMFORT mode enables maximum ride comfort with the best possible dynamics.

The current handling conditions are detected via a steering angle sensor, four rotation sensors and also the driving speed from the ESP® signal and the brake pedal switch.

The control unit uses these signals for infinitely variable adjustment of the current damping force required for each individual wheel.

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In combination with the newly configured, degressive Sports Direct-Steer system, whose steering ratio is very direct at 17.4:1, and the compact sports steering wheel, the handling is outstanding in all operating conditions – whether manoeuvring in the city, at high speeds on the motorway, or with a brisk style of driving on winding mountain passes.

From December 2015 the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM will be available for the GLE 350 d 4MATIC. The active roll control further enhances the sporty and agile handling.

At the same time, the active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles raise the comfort to saloon level and compensate for one-sided excitation – for example when driving over potholes.

As standard the GLE 350 d 4MATIC and GLE 400 4MATIC models offer the AGILITY CONTROL steel suspension with amplitude-selective damping system.

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Wide range of outputs from 190 kW (258 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp)

Alongside the appealing design, the exceptional suspension and drive technology, and also the assistance systems familiar from the C, E and S-Class, the GLE Coupé is also equipped with numerous standard or optional equipment details and packages that further enrich the GLE Coupé experience. An overview of the model range:

GLE 350 d 4MATIC GLE 400 4MATIC
Engine V6 diesel engine, direct injection, turbocharger V6 petrol engine, direct injection, twin turbocharger
Displacement (cc) 2987 2996
Output kW (hp) at rpm 190 (258) / 3600 245 (333) 5500
Torque Nm at rpm 620 / 1600 – 2400 480 / 1400 – 4000
Emission standard EU 6
Transmission 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission
Drive system 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
Torque distribution FA/RA 50:50
Length/width/height, mm 4900 / 2003 / 1731
Wheelbase, mm 2915
Track width front/rear mm 1658 / 1725
Wheels / tyres 8.5 J x 20 / 275/50 R 20

The GLE 350 d 4MATIC diesel model delivers 190 kW (258 hp) and maximum torque of 620 Nm from 1600 rpm. A variable radiator shutter is used to optimise the airflow to the radiator and increase efficiency even further.

The GLE 400 4MATIC petrol model is powered by the direct-injection V6 biturbo engine with 245 kW (333 hp) and 480 Nm from 1400 rpm.

The impressive appearance of both models is further enhanced by 50.8 cm (20-inch) 10-spoke light-alloy wheels with size 275/50 R 20 tyres or optionally 53.3 cm (21-inch) light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres.

If that is not sporty enough, from December 2015 it will be possible to order 55.9 cm (22-inch) light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres for the GLE 350 d 4MATIC in conjunction with AIRMATIC air suspension and ADS Plus as well as the active roll stabilisation ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM.

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The chrome-effect shoulderline trim strips and the simulated underguards at the front and rear lend the Coupé additional exclusiveness alongside the twin-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim.

Green-tinted, heat-insulating glass reduces the glare of the sun in the summer, and LED technology features in the headlamps, daytime running lamps, rear lights and third brake light.

DYNAMIC SELECT, the EASY-PACK tailgate with power opening and closing, as well as the reversing camera with dynamic guide lines in the display are standard features.

Additional active handling safety is provided by ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist and Crosswind Assist, as well as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. The GLE Coupé is also equipped as standard with the brake system BAS PLUS, optionally available with Cross-Traffic Assist.

The AIRMATIC package including air suspension and the variably adaptive damping system (ADS Plus) with level control and automatic suspension lowering at high speeds are also available for both models.

For the first time in this segment, Mercedes-Benz is offering a fully power extendible and retractable trailer coupling, which also includes ESP® trailer stabilisation.

The towing capacity of the GLE is up to 3500 kg.

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Successful design synthesis of coupé and SUV elements

Sensuality and purity are the two poles that have determined the design idiom of the Mercedes-Benz brand for almost 130 years and have their origin in the nature of the two inventors of the automobile, Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler: Benz was more rationally oriented in his behaviour, whereas Daimler was driven more by his passion.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé demonstrates almost ideally how this bridge between intelligence and emotion, between tradition and modernity, blends into an attractive symbiosis.

The GLE Coupé not only skilfully embodies the firmly embedded principles of Mercedes-Benz design, but also focuses on the essential features of two entirely different automobile genres.

On the one hand, the youngest member of the GLE family bears the decisive, essential stylistic feature of all modern Mercedes-Benz coupés: it combines sheer sportiness with a high-level aesthetic and sensual demand for modern luxury.

At the same time, however, elements of the classic SUV are recognisable. With its muscular wings, large wheel arches, high beltline and generous ground clearance, this model raises the concept of a large four-door coupé to a new level.

The extreme proportions with superior aesthetics of the new GLE Coupé have emerged from this stylistic gene pool.

This is particularly due to the dramatic relationship between the low greenhouse and striking body; the silhouette signals dynamism and agility.

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The upright sports grille with single louvre, framed by three-dimensionally designed all-LED headlamps, is the major feature of the front end with its short, stylish overhang.

The forward-sloping bonnet with its typical Mercedes power domes underscores the membership of the GLE Coupé in the line-up of particularly sporty Mercedes-Benz models.

A discreet reference to the SUV genes of the vehicle is provided by the harmoniously integrated, illuminated running boards, a typical feature of classic SUVs or off-roaders and available as an option.

The coupé-like nature is also emphasised by the design of the rear end with its obvious elements of the design line first presented with the S-Class Coupé.

The styling characteristics here include the slim band of rear lights with their three-dimensional look, the wide chrome insert fitted above this and the registration plate incorporated into the bumper.

Another feature that has for generations distinguished the large coupé models from Mercedes-Benz is the typical shape of the rear window which is rounded off at the top.

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A discreet SUV reference is made by the chrome-plated underguard at the front and rear, here with the integrated twin tailpipes of the exhaust system.

The attractive sports seats and the compact sports steering wheel, as well as the infotainment features familiar from the C, E and S-Class initially catch your eye in the interior.

The information display, which is not entirely free-standing but partially integrated into the instrument panel, attracts attention and is fitted in an optimum ergonomic position.

The centre air vents next to the display and the outer air vents are framed by a silver shadow surround. The head unit has the same appearance to underline the homogeneity of the interior.

The centre console houses the COMAND Controller with the touchpad fitted above in an optimum ergonomic position.

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Attractive equipment packages and individual options

Popular equipment details are also combined in attractive packages for the GLE Coupé. The Driving Assistance package Plus includes DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® PLUS.

The Parking package with 360° camera and Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC guarantees an excellent overview and problem-free manoeuvring into and out of parking spaces.

Night-time visibility is improved by the LED Intelligent Light System which is a standard feature on all models; adverse weather conditions resulting in impaired visibility are defused by MAGIC VISION CONTROL – the heated, adaptive windscreen wiper system.

In addition to convenience functions, for the first time the optional Mirror package also comprises projection of the Mercedes star onto the floor, a feature which is integrated into the ambient lighting and is activated on opening and closing the vehicle.

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What for a coupé is an extremely large interior provides space for up to five people. The rear seat bench in the GLE Coupé is even the widest in its class.

Drivers who order the optional large panoramic glass roof are rewarded with an even greater feeling of spaciousness for all the passengers.

At a maximum of 1720 litres, the Coupé also offers the largest luggage compartment in its class and coincidentally holds the world record for luggage compartments in coupés.

Good infotainment is guaranteed by the Audio 20 CD system with eight loudspeakers and the Remote Online communication module for the use of the Mercedes connect me services in Europe (may vary from country to country).

As an option, the latest generation of COMAND Online offers perfect infotainment with a 20.3 cm (8-inch) TFT display and intuitive touchpad.

The system also includes a DVD player and Traffic Sign Assist with traffic sign recognition including wrong-way warning function.

If required, the customer can equip COMAND Online with the 6-disc DVD changer, Rear Seat Entertainment System with remote control, TV receiver or Bang & Olufsen sound system.

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Well worth a look: colour and material combinations for the GLE Coupé

There are almost limitless possibilities when it comes to customisation of the GLE Coupé – and the equipment packages again play an important role.

For instance, customers can give their GLE Coupé an especially sporty look with the AMG Line exterior, including the AMG front and rear apron or large 53.3 cm (21-inch) and 55.9 cm (22-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

Those who like things even more sporty and expressive can combine this feature with the Night package, in which the louvre in the radiator grille and the exterior mirror housings are in high-gloss black, for example.

At the same time, the wide selection of solid and metallic paints and the almost limitless possibilities for interior design increase the potential for individual customisation.

A total of 11 paint finishes are available, of which seven are metallic colours and two are special paint finishes with special-effect pigments in designo diamond white or designo hyacinth red metallic.

The interior radiates modern luxury and can be given a design ranging from ambitious and sporty to classic and elegant, depending on personal taste.

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The scope here ranges from single-tone black interior appointments to various combinations in which black is used with ginger beige, crystal grey, saddle brown or porcelain.

The interior of the GLE Coupé is particularly impressive in two-tone designo exclusive nappa leather in porcelain/black.

The AMG Line Interior transfers the sporty look to the interior with features such as AMG sports seats, AMG sports steering wheel, nappa leather appointments and aluminium sports pedals.

With the EXCLUSIVE interior things become significantly more exclusive. Luxury seats with leather upholstery, the roof liner in either black, crystal grey or porcelain, contrasting topstitching on the dashboard and door panels, high-gloss black poplar wood trim, black piano lacquer, high-gloss brown eucalyptus wood or open-pore brown ash wood, ambience lighting and the Interior Light package create a particularly luxurious atmosphere.

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The designo Exclusive package provides even more luxury: heated luxury seats and door centre panels with diamond-pattern stitching, dashboard, beltlines and armrests in designo leather and the black DINAMICA roof liner make for even more exclusive travel.

As standard the GLE 350 d and GLE 400 feature black upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather, an ARTICO-lined dashboard, sport seats, a leather multifunction steering wheel and a crystal grey roof liner.

The large areas of trim are in light longitudinal-grain aluminium. Trim in open-pore brown ash wood, brown eucalyptus wood, dark-graphite poplar wood or AMG carbon-fibre/black piano lacquer is available on request.

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Comments on the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé

Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

“Our GLE Coupé combines typical coupé attributes such as sportiness, dynamism and agility with the self-assured presence, versatility and ruggedness of an SUV”.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars

“For Mercedes-Benz, the GLE Coupé is the trailblazer for a versatile vehicle class.
It will enable us to win new customers for our brand”.

Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG

“The GLE Coupé faithfully follows our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupé design idiom – enhanced by styling features from the SUV sector. With its extreme proportions it embodies sensual clarity and represents modern luxury plus superior sportiness”.

Dr Andreas Zygan, Head of SUV Development

“We decoded the styling specifications of our colleagues in Design using the appropriate automotive technology, and made them a reality. Every component influencing the vehicle dynamics was scrutinised, and designed to differentiate the vehicle clearly as a coupé. Our work particularly centred on the suspension, steering and powertrain, and on networking them”.

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On tour with the new Mercedes-Benz GLE

Efficiency meets performance

Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised its best-seller in the SUV segment.

The highlights of the new GLE include considerably more appealing front and tail ends and extensive measures which make new benchmarks with regard to emissions and drive system possible.

Across the available engine range, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by 17 percent on average compared with the predecessor model series.

For the first time in its SUV history, Mercedes-Benz is offering a plug-in hybrid model, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC, which combines maximum efficiency with outstanding performance.

This multi-talented vehicle will even better the already low fuel consumption figures of the efficiency champion GLE 250 d with four-cylinder diesel engine, while delivering the performance of a V8 model.

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The advantages of the new GLE furthermore include optimum on-road and off-road handling, outstanding spaciousness and high levels of active and passive safety.

In addition to the appealing design, the variable driving experience thanks to DYNAMIC SELECT and the assistance systems familiar from the E and S-Class, the GLE impresses with an extensive engine line-up.

Five equally efficient and powerful engines with four, six or eight cylinders are available to choose from.
The special focus:

  • the 150 kW (204 hp) four-cylinder GLE 250 d diesel model offers superior performance with an all-time low fuel consumption for this class of vehicles. It is the world’s first production full-size SUV with conventional drive that emits just 140 g of CO2/km (5.4 l/100 km).
  • No less impressive is the first Mercedes-Benz SUV with plug-in hybrid technology. In the GLE 500 e 4MATIC, a system output of 325 kW (442 hp) guarantees fulminating performance – but CO2 emissions of only 78 g/km (3.3 l/100 km) and a power consumption of 16.7 kWh/100 km. Moreover
    the hybrid is able to drive up to 30 kilometres with zero local emissions.

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GLE 500 e 4MATIC: plug-in hybrid technology meets SUV

The new GLE 500 e 4MATIC with plug-in hybrid drive combines the power and refinement of a V8 engine with the fuel consumption of a three-litre car and the versatility of a premium SUV.

The drive system components comprise a BlueDIRECT V6 direct-injection petrol engine with 245 kW (333 hp) and a hybrid module with 85 kW (116 hp) of electric power.

The system peak torque is a massive 650 Newton metres. In addition to impressive acceleration thanks to the boost function, the innovative system drive also offers all-electric driving at speeds up to 130 km/h, optimised energy recovery thanks to the intelligent operating strategy and comfort functions such as pre-entry climate control in summer and winter.

6-Zylinder Dieselmotor des GLE 350 d 6-cylinder diesel engine of the GLE 350 d

A selector switch on the centre console and the instrument cluster offer the driver a choice between four specific operating modes:

  • HYBRID: the system controls automatically select the most sensible operating mode with combustion engine and/or electric motor for optimising the overall energy balance
  • E-MODE: all-electric driving
  • E-SAVE: this mode preserves the current state of charge of the battery to be able to drive on all-electric power at a later time, for example in urban traffic
  • CHARGE: battery is charged during driving and when the vehicle is stationary

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The compact hybrid module is fully integrated into the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.

The electrical energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 8.7 kWh, which can be recharged using public charging stations, the wallbox charger at home or at a conventional 220 volt power outlet.

The charging time using the wallbox charger or the charging station is around two hours.

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Intelligent drive system management

The best strategy for efficient driving has always been anticipatory driving without unnecessary braking and accelerating.

This is even more important in a hybrid model: this is because braking manoeuvres serve not only to deliver deceleration, but are also used to recover kinetic energy.

The route or the traffic also influences 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.

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The control strategy, for example, seeks to ensure that the battery is as flat as possible at the end of an uphill stretch, so that fuel is saved going uphill and the battery is charged going downhill.

Another key point is the requirement that urban areas should be reached with a fully charged battery if possible, so that the vehicle can be driven efficiently in stop-and-go traffic – and frequently in electric mode.

The energy management of the GLE 500 e 4MATIC can be divided into three areas:

  • route-based: automatically or by way of four operating modes
  • driver-based: using four driving modes
  • traffic-based: with the aid of radar.

V6 Biturbo Benzinmotor des GLE 500 e 4MATIC (2015) V6 biturbo petrol engine of the GLE 500 e 4MATIC

State-of-the-art BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 petrol engines

The powerful GLE 500 4MATIC with direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine produces an output of 320 kW (435 hp) and a peak torque of 700 Newton metres, and combines appealing performance with the high level of refinement of these engines.

The GLE 400 4MATIC is powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V6 engine with spray-guided combustion, new piezo injectors and MSI multi-spark ignition.

This engine produces an output of 245 kW (333 hp) and 480 Nm of torque from 1400 rpm, makes do with 8.8 l/100 km (209 g CO2/km) according to the NEDC combined cycle, and like all models has an ECO start/stop function.

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The range of petrol and plug-in hybrid engines* at a glance:

GLE 400 4MATIC GLE 500 4MATIC GLE 500 e 4MATIC
Engine Twin-turbo V6,

direct injection

Twin-turbo V8,

direct injection

Twin-turbo V6, direct injection, electric motor
Displacement, cc 2996 4663 2996
Combustion engine, kW/hp at rpm 245/333

5250-6000

320/435

5250

245 kW/333 hp

5250-6000

Electric motor, kW/hp 85/116
System output, kW/hp 325/442
Combustion engine, Nm

at rpm

480

1600-4000

700

1800-4000

480

1600-4000

Electric motor Nm 340
System torque 650
Consumption, l/100 km (NEDC comb.) 8.8 – 9.2 11.0 – 11.5 3.3 – 3.7
CO2 g/km 209 – 215 258 – 269 78 – 84
Electric range, km 30
Power consumption, kWh/100 km 16.7
Emission standard EU 6
0-100 km/h, s 6.1  5.3  5.3
Top speed , km/h 247 250  247
Transmission Seven-speed automatic transmission

7G-TRONIC

Based on

7G-TRONIC

Drive system 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
Length/width/height, mm 4819/1998/1796
Wheelbase, mm 2915
Wheels

Tyres

8.5 J x 18

255/55 R 18

8.5 J x 19

255/50 R 19

* may vary from country to country

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Popular 4 in-line and V6 diesel engines, new 9G-TRONIC

In addition to the equally efficient and powerful four-cylinder diesel engine for the GLE 250 d and GLE 250 d 4MATIC models with an output of 150 kW (204 hp), the proven V6 diesel engine producing 190 kW (258 hp) of power and a hefty torque of 620 Newton metres is available in the GLE 350 d 4MATIC.

In the six-cylinder model, an extensive package of measures makes a reduction in fuel consumption from the previous model by around nine percent to 6.4 l/100 km (NEDC combined) possible.

In the newly available GLE 250 d with rear-wheel drive, NEDC combined fuel consumption can even be reduced to 5.4 l/100 km.

It is the world’s first production full-size SUV with conventional drive that emits just 140 g of CO2/km (5.4 l/100 km).

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In the case of the six-cylinder, the engine upgrading measures especially include a different engine control unit with combustion control which regulates diesel fuel injection on a cylinder-selective basis during the warm-up phase, depending on the combustion air supply.

In addition, a revised EGR valve and a new, demand-controlled vane-type oil pump are used in the GLE 350 d 4MATIC to reduce fuel consumption even further.

GLE SUV (W166), Exterieur: Cavansitblau Metallic, Exterior: cavansite blue metallic GLE Coupé (C 292), Exterieur: Designo Diamantweiß Bright, exterior: designo diamond white bright

An optimised combustion process and a significant reduction in friction have been achieved in the four-cylinder diesel engine.

In all three diesel variants, consumption and emissions have been further reduced by the standard ECO start/stop function and an optimised turbocharger.

In the INDIVIDUAL driving mode, on the GLE 350 d 4MATIC the sailing ECO function can additionally be activated.

With the start of the new GLE generation, all diesel models are equipped with the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard, for the first time also with the optionally available off-road reduction gear and inter-axle differential lock.

GLE 350 d 4MATIC (C 292), Exterieur: Designo Diamantweiß Bright, exterior: designo diamond white bright

The range of diesel engines* at a glance:

GLE 250 d GLE 250 d 4MATIC GLE 350 d 4MATIC
Engine 4-cylinder in-line diesel engine,

direct injection,

turbocharger

V6 diesel engine

direct injection,

turbocharger

Displacement, cc 2143 2987
Output, kW/hp

at rpm

150/204

3800

190 / 258

3600

Peak torque, Nm

at rpm

480

1600-1800

500

1600-1800

620

1600-2400

Fuel consumption, l/100 km

(NEDC combined)

5.4 – 5.6 5.7 – 5.9 6.4 – 6.6
CO2 g/km 140 – 146 149 – 156 169 – 179
Emission standard EU 6
0-100 km/h, s 8.6  8.6 7.1
Top speed , km/h 210 210 225
Transmission 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission
Drive system Rear-wheel drive 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
Length/width/height, mm 4819/1935/1840
Wheelbase, mm 3075
Wheels / tyres 7.5 J x 17 / 235/65 R 17

* may vary from country to country

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DYNAMIC SELECT combined with off-road driving modes

The DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic handling control system of the new GLE offers up to six driving modes.

In addition to the established settings COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT, the driver can choose the INDIVIDUAL mode or, in conjunction with AIRMATIC, OFF-ROAD mode for mild terrain with the DYNAMIC SELECT controller on the centre console.

If the GLE model is equipped with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, the OFF-ROAD+ mode is also available.

In this setting, the off-road reduction gear and a 100% inter-axle differential lock come into play to generate high traction even in challenging terrain.

This is further boosted by the expanded functions of the AIRMATIC air suspension with raised ride heights for a ground clearance of up to 285 millimetres and a fording depth of 600 millimetres.

The reinforced underfloor panelling of this equipment variant protects important components against hard ground contact.

When the individual driving modes are selected, DYNAMIC SELECT activates sets of fundamentally different characteristics.

GLE 350 d 4MATIC (C 292), Exterieur: Designo Diamantweiß Bright, exterior: designo diamond white bright

The system networks all the control systems, generating different sets of parameters for distinct driving experiences. SPORT makes the GLE a sporty and dynamic performer.

COMFORT is the opposite end of the spectrum. Here the emphasis is on the feel-good parameters typical of Mercedes-Benz saloon cars, for relaxed, effortless cruising with the greatest possible energy efficiency.

SLIPPERY optimises the handling on surfaces with low friction coefficients such as snow or ice. And special off-road algorithms for ABS, 4ETS or ESP® boost traction in the OFF-ROAD settings.

In addition, INDIVIDUAL mode enables the driver to programme and store personal preferences in the individual control strategies, regardless of the engine variant.

All DYNAMIC SELECT programs are visualised on the central media display. Especially impressive are the off-road animations: various parameters such as slope angle, tilt angle, steering angle or heading are displayed dynamically in real time.

The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system with a balanced torque distribution between the front and rear axle inherently boosts the safe as well as harmonious and sporty handling.

GLE 350 d 4MATIC (C 292), Exterieur: Designo Diamantweiß Bright, exterior: designo diamond white bright

Stable combination: AIRMATIC ADS and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM

In addition to the ground-breaking powertrain configuration, the retuned AIRMATIC air suspension with ADS variable damping system guarantees extremely stable driving.

The damping system changes its priorities depending on the preselected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. SPORT focuses on the greatest possible lateral dynamics with the best possible ride quality.

Conversely, COMFORT mode enables maximum ride quality with the best possible dynamics.

The current handling conditions are detected via a steering angle sensor, four rotation sensors, the driving speed from the ESP® signal and the brake pedal switch.

The control unit uses these signals for continuous adjustment of the current damping force for each individual wheel.

In the GLE 350 d 4MATIC, GLE 400 4MATIC and GLE 500 4MATIC models, the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM with active roll stabilisation can be combined with the AIRMATIC package with air suspension and ADS or with the Off-Road Engineering package.

The system uses active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle and compensates the roll angle of the body during cornering.

This enhances agility and driving fun. At the same time, the system provides increased handling stability and therefore safety, especially at higher speeds.

Better driving comfort both when cornering and on straights as well as expanded off-road capabilities are also part of the advantages of the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM.

All models with four and six-cylinder engines are equipped with the AGILITY CONTROL steel suspension as standard.

The AIRMATIC package with ADS is optionally available for these versions. An electro-mechanical Direct-Steer system is standard on all models.

For the first time in this segment, Mercedes-Benz is offering a fully power extendible and retractable trailer coupling, which also includes ESP® trailer stabilisation.

The towing capacity of the GLE is up to 3500 kg.

GLE 350 d 4MATIC (C 292), Exterieur: Designo Diamantweiß Bright, exterior: designo diamond white bright

High protective potential through comprehensive active and passive safety

As is already a tradition, the new GLE impresses with outstanding active and passive safety. The models regularly score highest marks in the international crash ratings.

With its high protective potential, the GLE creates the best conditions for passing future tests with the highest rating.

The comprehensive safety concept follows the brand’s hallmark strategy and comprises four areas:

Safe driving: avoid dangers, provide timely warnings, and aid the driver with extensive assistance systems

In the event of danger: activation of precautionary protective measures (PRE-SAFE®)

In the event of an accident: provide appropriate protection with a highly stable passenger cell, defined deformation zones and restraint systems such as airbags or belt tensioners

After an accident: prevent the worst and make swift assistance possible

The extensive safety equipment of the new GLE is extended with assistance systems such as Crosswind Assist or COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS.

This high level of anticipatory safety included as standard can be enhanced even further, for example with the Driving Assistance package Plus, which includes DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® PLUS.

GLE 350 d 4MATIC (C 292), Exterieur: Designo Diamantweiß Bright, exterior: designo diamond white bright

Modern times: new design with classic style elements

Even at first glance, the new GLE blends tradition and modernity. Classic SUV elements meet modern Mercedes-Benz design and form a convincing whole.

On one hand, the confident 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 idiom catch the eye. The radiator grille, bumpers, headlamps, wings and the bonnet with its two power domes follow the current sensual and clear design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.

GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015; DYNAMIC SELECT control unit

Especially the harmonious, organic transition of the two radiator louvres to the central Mercedes star is convincing.

New headlamps with the daytime driving lights forming the brand’s hallmark eyebrows and the current lamp layout – optionally as LED Intelligent Light-System – blend harmoniously with the front end.

The new wings with their arched wheel wells lend the entire front end more harmony and presence.

The tail end of the GLE was likewise matched to the current design idiom and updated cautiously. New LED tail lamps now glow in the brand’s hallmark night design.

Also striking are the redesigned tailpipes integrated into the lower section of the bumper.

Front and rear bumper furthermore are fitted with the likewise characteristic three-dimensional chrome-look underride guard.

New light-alloy wheels boost the superior appearance of the new GLE.

GLE 500 e ( W 166 )2015, Hybridkomponenten hybrid components

Detailed refinements for an even more harmonious interior

In the interior the larger media display stands out, now being partially integrated into the instrument panel. The centre air vents next to the display and the outer air vents are framed by a silver shadow surround.

In combination with the high-gloss black surround this emphasises the sophisticated design of the interior.

The centre console houses the COMAND Controller with the touchpad fitted above in an optimum ergonomic position.

New colours 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 light longitudinal-grain aluminium, 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 shiny wood types brown eucalyptus, black poplar or brown burred walnut.

And especially sporty minded customers can choose high-quality AMG carbon-fibre trim.

GLE 500 e (Plug-In Hybrid) W 166, 2015 COMAND Display mit Energieflussanzeige

Complete standard equipment, attractive equipment packages

The extensive safety features of the new GLE are based on the preceding model, enhanced with numerous comfort and safety features.

New features include the DYNAMIC SELECT Controller in the centre console and the semi-integrated media info display in the dashboard.

The revised multifunction steering wheel as well as the Audio 20 CD infotainment system with 17.8 cm (7-inch) display and communications module for the use of Mercedes connect me services are also part of the standard equipment.

With the Comfort package for the German market, the equipment is enhanced by the automatic EASY-PACK tailgate, the gentle, automatic power closing of all doors and a reversing camera.

The Parking package with 360° camera and Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC guarantees an excellent overview and problem-free manoeuvring into and out of parking spaces.

Night-time vision is improved by the LED Intelligent Light System which is available for all models; adverse weather conditions resulting in impaired visibility are defused by MAGIC VISION CONTROL, the heated adaptive windscreen wiper system with purposeful water distribution.

V8 Biturbo Benzinmotor des GLE 500 4Matic (2015) V8 biturbo petrol engine of the GLE 500 4Matic

In addition to convenience functions, for the first time the optional Mirror package also comprises projection of the Mercedes star onto the floor, a feature which is integrated into the ambient lighting and is activated on opening and closing the vehicle.

With the AMG Line exterior, the GLE has an even more dynamic and athletic appearance.

The package includes special front and rear bumpers in distinctive AMG styling and 50.8 cm (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

Those who like things even more exclusive can combine this feature with the Night package, which features black radiator grille louvres, exterior mirror housings, roof rails and window surrounds.

The line-up of options is rounded off by high-sheen black 50.8 cm (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

The AMG Line interior transfers the sporty appearance to the interior with sports seats with ARTICO man-made leather upholstery (optionally nappa leather), a black nappa leather multifunction sport steering wheel, an instrument cluster with a distinctive dial in chequered-flag design and brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs.

As an option, the latest generation of COMAND Online offers perfect infotainment with a 20.3 cm (8-inch) display and intuitive touchpad.

GLE 500 e (Plug-In Hybrid) W 166, 2015 Interieur: Nappaleder designo espressobraun, Zierelemente Holz Esche braun offenporig, Interior: nappa leather designo espresso brown, open-pore brown ash wood trim,

The system allows rapid data communication via Long Term Evolution (LTE) with download speeds of up to 300 MBit/s, and includes a modern control and display concept, fast HDD navigation with real-time LIVE TRAFFIC data, various interfaces such as an SD card slot, Bluetooth or USB as well as a DVD player and traffic sign recognition with wrong-way warning function.

Customers can optionally supplement COMAND Online with a 6-disc DVD changer, the Rear-Seat Entertainment System with remote control or a TV receiver.

Also available are sound systems from Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen to elevate the music experience to the level of a concert hall.

GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015

Whether remote control of vehicle functions or traffic information in real time – Mercedes connect me services make personal mobility easier and more convenient: from the basic services for safety and security and LIVE TRAFFIC information in real time to the in part fee-based Remote Online services, the desired data can be exchanged via the mobile phone network and via an internet connection.

GLE Coupé 4MATIC (C 292) 2014; Studio, Interieur: Leder Sattelbraun / Schwarz, Zierelemente Holz Eukalyptus braun glänzend interior: leather saddle brown / black, high-gloss brown eucalyptus wood trim

Comments on the new Mercedes-Benz GLE

Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars

“The latest, most efficient drive technology combined with superb ride comfort and the versatility and robustness typical of an SUV – the new GLE has all the attributes to continue the success story of our bestseller”.

“Often copied, rarely equalled – the M-Class established the segment of premium SUVs in 1997 and since then has been one of the most successful models in the world.

Production will exceed the 1.6 million mark with the introduction of the GLE”.

Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG

“With its sporty, serene appearance, our new GLE embodies the typical attributes of a modern off-roader. At the same time it follows the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy with its clear, sensuous design idiom”.

Wolf-Dieter Kurz, Head of the SUV and Sportscars product group

“Plug-in hybrid and highly efficient diesel engines, dynamic control system DYNAMIC SELECT and 9G-TRONIC – the new Mercedes-Benz GLE combines maximum efficiency with dynamic performance both on and off the road”.

“Across the engine range, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by an average of 17 percent compared to the preceding model.

The GLE 250 d gives us the most economical full-size SUV in our model range, while the plug-in hybrid model GLE 500 e 4MATIC excels with a low power consumption”.

Dr Andreas Zygan, Head of SUV Development

“For the first time in its SUV history, Mercedes-Benz is offering a plug-in hybrid model in the form of the GLE 500 e 4MATIC.

During the development phase, in addition to high energy efficiency the main focus was on hallmark GLE handling in all conditions.

Our hybrid all-rounder combines the low consumption of the efficiency champion, the GLE 250 d, with the agility and dynamism of a V8 model”.

GLE 500 e (Plug-In Hybrid) W 166, 2015 COMAND Display mit Energieflussanzeige

GLE 500 e (Plug-In Hybrid) W 166, 2015 COMAND Display mit Energieflussanzeige

4-Zylinder Dieselmotor des GLE 250 d 4-cylinder diesel engine of the GLE 250 d

V6 Biturbo Benzinmotor des GLE 400 e 4MATIC (2015) V6 biturbo petrol engine of the GLE 400 e 4MATIC

9-Gang Automatikgetriebe 9G-TRONIC für Fahrzeuge mit 4MATIC 9 speed automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC for 4MATIC models

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, infographics Intelligent Powertrain Management GLE 500 e

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, infographics Intelligent Powertrain Management GLE 500 e

GLE SUV (W166), Exterieur: Cavansitblau Metallic, Exterior: cavansite blue metallic GLE Coupé (C 292), Exterieur: Designo Diamantweiß Bright, exterior: designo diamond white bright

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE 250 d (W 166) 2015, Leistungsdiagramm, power diagram

Mercedes-Benz GLE 250 d 4MATIC (W 166) 2015, Leistungsdiagramm, power diagram

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 d 4MATIC, 2015, Leistungsdiagramm, power diagram

Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC 2015, Leistungsdiagramm, power diagram

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 4MATIC (W 166) 2015, Leistungsdiagramm, power diagram

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e 4MATIC (W 166) 2015, Leistungsdiagramm, power diagram

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Designskizze, design sketch

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Maßzeichnung, dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Maßzeichnung, dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Maßzeichnung, dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Maßzeichnung, dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Maßzeichnung, dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Maßzeichnung, dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé (C 292) 2015, Maßzeichnung, dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Maßzeichnung dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Maßzeichnung dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Maßzeichnung dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Maßzeichnung dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Maßzeichnung dimension drawing

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 166) 2015, Maßzeichnung dimension drawing

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