A sportier choice

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupé

    A sportier choice

    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. In addition, 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 SUV not only having convincing on-road vehicle dynamics, its looks is impressive as well.

    DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic handling control system: highly variable – from racy and sporty to poised and comfortable

    The GLE Coupé feels like a true sports coupé 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 powerful sports cars and, combined with the spontaneous and direct response to all commands, is guaranteed to get your pulse racing. On the other hand, it can also create a superior feeling of calm, coupled with unshakeably serene driving dynamics. These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different: DYNAMIC SELECT enables a wide spread in the driving dynamics and combines these diametrical worlds of experience in a single vehicle – an automobile premiere.

      GLE 450 AMG – the first AMG sports model

      The balancing act between extremely sporty yet still comfortable has been mastered especially well in the GLE 450 AMG. As the first AMG sports model, the V6 top-of-the-range GLE Coupé enables an attractive entry to the world of the sports car and performance brand.

      The new AMG sports models display impressive product substance and honour the promise of sports performance with a higher output class, standard all-wheel drive and also sophisticated chassis solutions. The DYNAMIC SELECT variable dynamic control system assigns fundamentally different characteristics to the five transmission modes of INDIVIDUAL, COMFORT, SLIPPERY, SPORT and SPORT+, which the driver is able to select using a rotary control on the centre console. The system networks all the control systems, generating different driving experience parameters. The names speak for themselves: SPORT and SPORT+ turn the GLE 450 AMG into a sporty, dynamic vehicle with pronounced longitudinal and lateral dynamics. COMFORT is the opposite end of the spectrum. Here the emphasis is on the feel-good parameters so typical of classic 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. In addition, INDIVIDUAL mode enables the driver to programme and store personal preferences in the individual control strategies, regardless of the engine variant.

        In the GLE 450 AMG, DYNAMIC SELECT not only modulates the "hard skills" such as the chassis and suspension, steering or powertrain. It is also possible to experience the selected mode more intensively on an emotional level because various "soft skills" such as the engine sound, instruments or dynamic control of the driving lights also vary. To this end, the nature of the various displays on the COMAND screen and in the cockpit changes according to the selected transmission mode. At the same time, the active light function of the all-LED headlamps responds more spontaneously and the engine produces the whole range of sounds from sporty and dominant to poised and reticent:

        • if the driver selects COMFORT mode, the displays take on lesser importance and, like the engine, the 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. The engine sound is reduced to a pleasant timbre, and the feedback from the road surface and surroundings is considerably quieter in the interior.
        • Things are very different when SPORT+ mode is selected. The character changes immediately, the gear changes performed by the 9G-TRONIC are acoustically accentuated, especially when downshifting with the double-declutch function, and the cockpit instruments respond faster and more “sharply". The large central display visualises the longitudinal and lateral acceleration plus the steering angle with a photo-realistic motorsports graphic. The engine sound is powerful and acoustically underscores the sports mode. This setting removes any doubt: the GLE Coupé is a lively sports model of the highest order, and treats its occupants to a compelling world of experience.

        Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupé: powerful or extra-powerful

        The new GLE 63 Coupé combines the sportiness of a coupé with the strengths of an SUV. High agility, distinctive engine sound and typical sports car acceleration are united with poise and assurance, tremendous pulling power and perfect traction.

        The typical SUV raised seating position and effortlessly unhurried superiority on the road, paired with typical AMG longitudinal and transverse dynamics and direct response to driver commands, result in an intense driving feel. The wide choice of different worlds of experience is based, among other things, on the DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, which for the first time permit such a wide spread of driving dynamics. The five transmission modes of “Slippery”, “Individual”, “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”, which the driver is able to select using a rotary control on the centre console, deliver fundamentally different driving dynamics. Be it the response of the engine, the shift strategy of the transmission, ESP® thresholds, power assistance for the steering or characteristics of the dampers: the system networks all the control systems, generating different sets of parameters for distinct driving experiences.

          The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine

          The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine of GLE 63 Coupé develops a maximum power of 557 hp and a torque of 700 Nm. The 8-cylinder powerplant is assembled according to the "one man, one engine" philosophy, delivers the familiar powerful performance: thus, the GLE 63 Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3. Fuel consumption values of 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC (combined); CO2: 279 g/km) and compliance with the EU6 standard demonstrate that maximum power, efficiency and environmental compatibility are by no means mutually exclusive for Mercedes-AMG.

            High protective potential through comprehensive 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 also 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:
            prevent and activate protective measures preventively (PreSAFE®)

            In the event of an accident:
            provide tailor-made 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

              "G" to the fore: the new SUV nomenclature

              The premiere of the GLE & GLE Coupé restructures the successful SUV range from Mercedes-Benz. The system centres around the five core model series, A, B, C, E and S, which will continue to be used to provide orientation for our customers. In the case of the model designations for the SUVs, in a tribute to the legendary G-Class, all SUV models will in future have the first two letters "GL" in their name. The "G" here denotes the car's lineage. The "L" is a letter that appears time and time again over the history of Mercedes-Benz: it is a linking letter that makes the model designations easier to remember and easier to pronounce; one that is familiar from the legendary SL, for example, or from the more recent CLS and CLA. It is followed by the third letter, which indicates the relationship to the relevant core model series.

                In specific terms:  
                GLA SUV in the A-Class segment
                GLC SUV in the C-Class segment; formerly GLK
                GLE SUV in the E-Class segment; formerly M-Class
                GLE Coupé SUV in the E-Class Coupé segment
                GLS SUV in the S-Class segment; formerly GL
                G unchanged
                The different types of engine are indicated by a lower-case letter.  

                The new Mercedes-Benz GLE data at a glance:

                Model GLE 400 GLE 500 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63
                No. of cylinders /arrangement V6 biturbo V8 biturbo V8 biturbo
                Transmissions 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7G-TRONIC PLUS AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC
                Total displacement (cc) 2,996 4,663 5,461
                Rated output (hp/rpm) 333 / 5,250-6,000 435 / 5,250 557 / 5,750
                Max torque (Nm at rpm) 480 / 1,600-4,000 700 / 1,800-4,000 700 / 1,750-5,500
                Fuel consumption
                Combined (l/100km)
                8.8-9.2 11-11.5 11.8
                CO2 emissions combined (g/km) 209-215 258-269 276
                Emission standard EU 6 EU 6 EU 6
                Acceleration
                0-100 km/h (s)
                6.1 5.3 4.3
                Top speed (km/h) 247 250 250*
                List Price in Hong Kong $799,900 $1,149,000 $1,609,000

                The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé data at a glance:

                Model GLE 400 Coupé GLE 450 AMG Coupé Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupé
                No. of cylinders /arrangement V6 biturbo V6 biturbo V8 biturbo
                Transmissions 9G-TRONIC 9G-TRONIC AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC
                Total displacement (cc) 2,996 2,996 5,461
                Rated output (hp/rpm) 333 / 5,250-6,000 67 / 5,500-6,000 557 / 5,750
                Max torque (Nm at rpm) 480 / 1,600-4,000 520 / 1,800-4,000 700 / 1,750-5,500
                Fuel consumption
                Combined (l/100km)
                8.7-8.9 8.9-9.4 11.9
                CO2 emissions combined (g/km) 199-207 209-219 278
                Emission standard EU 6 EU 6 EU 6
                Acceleration
                0-100 km/h (s)
                6.0 5.7 4.3
                Top speed (km/h) 247 250 250*
                List Price in Hong Kong $919,000 $1,088,000 $1,699,000

                * Electronically limited