Mercedes-Benz India has commenced bookings for the fourth-gen GLE
The GLE 400 d, which puts out 330PS and 700Nm of torque, will not be introduced at launch. It will follow in later in April. Feature highlights on the new GLE include MBUX multimedia infotainment system, 64-colour ambient lighting, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with ultra range high beam, 4MATIC all-wheel-drive with variable torque distribution, AIRMATIC suspension, and 20-inch wheels.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE has also seen a compete revamp in tech and comes with the twin 10.25-inch display units for the instrument console, while the centre console will feature the MBUX interface. The SUV also gets a new three-spoke steering wheel, grab handles integrated in the central tunnel along with powered seat adjustments for the rear passengers. The SUV continue to remain a seven-seater.
The sides match in terms of tautness and yet in the C-pillar with its wraparound rear windscreen glass is where you see the homage to the past ML/GLEs. The rear is underwhelming by comparison. The slimmer lights are nice, but perhaps too simplistic, and the rear hatch door is also a bit bare.
On the whole the rear also makes the car look shorter and smaller than it really is. On the plus side though, on the whole the car tends to look very taut and more compact than before, even though it has actually grown in dimension terms. The wheels are 18-22 inchers depending on the spec and option you choose.
It’s still a GLE – the reverse C-pillar makes sure that you’re immediately aware of the fact. Just that it looks lower, wider and sleeker, almost like it’s been shaped in a wind tunnel. That might not be too far off, considering this new SUV is more aerodynamic than before, with a slippery 0.29Cd showing an improvement over the outgoing model. It gets the new Mercedes family face, though with softer looking headlights and the familiar two-tier grille, or in the case of the AMG-line trim, the far sportier diamond grille.
This time around though it is longer (4924mm) by 105mm and wider (1947mm) by 12mm, but is 24mm lower than its predecessor (1772mm). Even the wheelbase, at 2995mm, has increased by about 80mm to accommodate the additional row of seating, a first for the GLE. Mercedes-Benz also claims that the legroom in the second row has gone up by 69mm, and there’s a 33mm improvement in headroom as well.