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2024 Facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLE & GLE Coupé

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the updated 2024 GLE, which has improved off-road technologies, a more sophisticated MBUX system, and a new GLE 400e 4Matic plug-in hybrid trim level. Mercedes-Benz has now revised the model generation introduced in 2018's appearance, interior, technology, and equipment. Beginning in July 2023, dealers in Europe will get the revised models. The whole engine range is now electric. It comprises fourth-generation plug-in hybrids as well as mild hybrids with a 48-volt system and an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). The majority of current models are more powerful than their predecessors. The GLE 400 e 4MATIC's rise of 30 kW is the largest.

The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and permanently excited electric motor in the new plug-in hybrid GLE 400e combine to provide 479 lb-ft (649 Nm) of torque and 381 horsepower in the United States. The 23.3 kWh battery's all-electric range is yet unknown, but Mercedes will provide a 60 kW DC charger as an option to make charging as quick as feasible.

The GLE 350 d 4MATIC will be driven by a 2.0-liter diesel engine that, when combined with its electric motor, produces 194 horsepower (145 kW/197 PS), while the GLE 400e will produce 248 hp (185 kW/252 hp) in Europe. The automaker's 48-volt mild hybrid system, which will be added to the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines in Europe, will partially electrify all of the GLE's powertrains. They produce 266 horsepower (198 kW/269 PS) and 362 hp (270 kW/367 PS), respectively, and are known as the GLE 300 d 4MATIC and the GLE 450 d 4MATIC.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 255 hp (190 kW/259 PS) in the GLE 350, the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 375 hp (280 kW/380 PS) in the GLE 450, and the 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 510 hp (380 kW/517 PS) in the GLE 580 will all be equipped with Mercedes' mild-hybrid technology.

 

An "Off-Road Engineering Package" will also be made available for the final model, the GLE 580 4MATIC. The additional under body protection gives the SUV 1.2 inches more ground clearance when combined with the optional air suspension. Additionally, the infotainment system will have an off-road mode that gives the driver data on their roll angle, the grade they're on, and their cardinal heading. A "transparent hood" vision, made possible by the system's integration of 360-degree cameras, offers the driver a clearer perspective of the landscape around them. Equipment: built to haul a trailer and be used off-road.

Most GLE drivers stick to paved roads or simple to moderately challenging off-road terrain. Mercedes-Benz has consequently revised the Off-Road Engineering Package's scope in order to make it far more affordable for the GLE's only combustion-engined variants. Included are an underride guard and 30 millimeters greater ground clearance when combined with the optional AIRMATIC air suspension.

Additionally, Mercedes has updated the GLE's Trailer Route Planner. Based on details such as the trailer's weight, height, breadth, and other dimensions, it finds routes that are appropriate for driving with a previously established trailer. Trailer Maneuvering Assist now uses a camera-based technology and automatically controls the steering of the GLE up to a speed of 3 mph (4.5 km/h) to assist you in parking your trailer once you get to your destination.

 

MBUX, the technology that powers these apps, is now in its second iteration and is more sophisticated than ever. The GLE's displays are still the same size (12.3 inches), but the touchscreen can handle additional comfort and vehicle settings. Additionally, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now accessible, and Mercedes' voice assistant is more useful than ever and will continue to be so owing to over-the-air upgrades.

Additionally, Mercedes claims that a number of interior amenities were taken from the Maybach GLS and S-Class, demonstrating that the GLE isn't only about being tough. A redesigned steering wheel with sensor surfaces that control the driver and central displays is one of them.

Both the MANUFAKTUR Piano Black Flowing Lines trim material, which was previously exclusively available on the Maybach GLS, and the chrome finish on the center and side air vents now become available on the GLE. The SUV now comes with interior color choices in Catalana Beige and Bahia Brown.

 

Meanwhile, the design has been tweaked outside. Mercedes claims, for instance, that the grille now has two horizontal louvers with chrome accents, and the front bumper has been revised.

The exterior of the GLE SUV and GLE Coupé has undergone several minute alterations that give them a noticeably more contemporary look. More visual presence is provided by the redesigned front bumper. The radiator grille of the GLE has two horizontal louvers with chrome trim. A horizontal chrome fin has been added to the grille of the outer air intakes.

The 'light flare' in the headlights is a Mercedes-Benz trademark. While the optional MULTIBEAM LED has four light points, the regular LED High-Performance headlights only have two light points to complement the recognisable daytime running light signet. The inside of the tail lights has also been changed by the designers; whereas on the GLE, the light signet is created by two horizontal blocks, it is two bars on the GLE Coupé.

 

The GLE and GLE Coupé are current thanks to the second version of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. As both hardware and software have advanced significantly, the interior of the car becomes even more digital and sophisticated. Various vehicle and comfort functions may be managed on the LCD panels in stunning display views. The driver and center displays have been kept at their original 12.3-inch sizes. A touch screen may be used to easily and directly control the main display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now wirelessly accessible.

The ambient lighting now has the ability to project the Mercedes-Benz pattern, and Mercedes' tail lights now have two horizontal blocks as well. Twilight Blue and Alpine Grey color options are now available for the GLE, which is also available with new sets of 19- and 20-inch wheels.

 

In order to be ready for the following model cycle, Mercedes-AMG is updating its popular GLE SUV and Coupé model line. They are easily identifiable from the front thanks to freshly created LED daytime running lights. The "53" models also feature a redesigned front apron with side air intakes that are styled like aircraft wings and have expressive shapes. They visually resemble eight-cylinder vehicles more due to their strong look. Redesigned LED tail lights are located at the back. Alpine Grey Uni and Sodalite Blue Metallic are two brand-new colors that have been introduced to the paint palette. Additionally, the Mercedes star has been replaced with the AMG insignia on the front fascia, which will appear on all future AMG automobiles.

TopGear Magazine February 2024