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Efficiency meets performance: The new Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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High efficiency and outstanding handling both on the road and in terrain are among the strengths of the revised best-seller in the SUV segment.

Efficiency meets performance: The new Mercedes-Benz GLE.

High efficiency and outstanding handling both on the road and in terrain are among the strengths of the revised best-seller in the SUV segment.

More appealing appearance. New drive system.


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 offers a plug-in hybrid model, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC, which combines maximum efficiency with outstanding performance.

GLE 500 e 4MATIC:

Fuel consumption combined: 3.3 l/100km; CO₂-emissions combined: 78 g/km.*

Excellent driving dynamics.


Outstanding safety and a high level of driving dynamics both on the road and in terrain are among the other strengths of the premium SUV. Furthermore, the GLE impresses with ground-breaking assistance systems, the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and the innovative DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic handling control system, which offers extensive drive and off-road programmes already in basic specification.

The GLE blends tradition and modernity.


Even at first glance, the new GLE blends tradition and modernity. 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 modernMercedes-Benz design idiom catch the eye. Radiator grille, bumpers, headlamps, wings and the bonnet with its two power domes follow the current sensuous and clear design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.

Brand-typical look.


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 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. Front and rear bumper furthermore are fitted with the likewise characteristic three-dimensional chrome-look under ride guard. New light-alloy wheels boost the superior appearance of the new GLE.

GLE 63 AMG: powerful sportiness.


Performance and perfection revealed: the design of the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 inspires with exclusivity, powerful sportiness and dominance. From now on, the new GLE 63 also sports the distinctive “A wing” in the front bumper, which is characteristic for the AMG design philosophy. The design of the radiator grille with the silver chrome double louvre, the integrated AMG lettering and the central Mercedes star are distinguishing features of current AMG Performance automobiles.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4MATIC:

Fuel consumption combined: 11.8 l/100km;

CO₂-emissions combined: 278 g/km.*

Wellness factor of a luxury limousine.


The unmistakable design with the hallmark C-pillar and the variable interior with the wellness factor of a luxurious saloon model enrich the Mercedes-Benz GLE experience additionally. In the interior the larger media display stands out, which is now partially integrated into the instrument panel.

The centre console houses the comand controller with the touch pad fitted above in an optimal ergonomic position.

Interior with a feel-good atmosphere.


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. In addition to the standard aluminium with light-coloured longitudinal grain, 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.

Efficiency and driving pleasure.


Five equally efficient and powerful engines with four, six or eight cylinders are available to choose from. The special focus: 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 333 hp and a hybrid module with 116 hp of electric power. The system peak torque is a massive 650 Newton metres.

A selector switch on the centre console and the instrument cluster offer the driver a choice between four specific operating modes Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge. 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 which can be recharged using public charging stations, the wallbox charger at home or on a conventional power outlet.

Superior driving performance.


The powerful GLE 500 4MATIC with direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine produces an output of 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 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque from 1,400 revolutions per minute. In addition to the equally efficient and powerful four-cylinder diesel engine for the GLE 250 d andGLE 250 d 4MATIC models with an output of 204 hp, the proven V6 diesel engine producing 258 hp of power and a hefty torque of 620 Newton metres is available in theGLE 350 d 4MATIC. With the start of the new GLE generation, all diesel models will be 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 63 AMG – stronger than ever.


The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4MATIC is now stronger and more appealing than ever with an expanded model line-up and even more power. Following the introduction of the new naming logic, the successor of the successful Mercedes-BenzML 63 AMG is now called the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63. The AMG 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is even more powerful than before: in addition to the basic variant developing 557 hp, there is also the highly sporty S-Model to choose from which is rated at 585 hp. The chassis was completely revised to deliver even better driving dynamics and agility.

The throttle response of the engine and the shift times of the transmission are now on a new, even sportier level and thereby underscore the hallmark AMG Driving Performance.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC:

Fuel consumption combined: 11.8 l/100km;

CO₂-emissions combined: 278 g/km.*

Six drive programmes.


The DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic handling control system of the new GLE offers up to six drive programmes. In addition to the established settings INDIVIDUAL, COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT, in the 4MATIC models the driver can choose the additional OFFROAD setting 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 OFFROAD+ setting is available. All DYNAMIC SELECT programmes 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.

Intelligent chassis.


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. In theGLE 350 d 4MATICGLE 400 4MATIC and GLE 500 4MATICmodels, the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM roll stabilisation system can be combined with the AIRMATIC package with air suspension and ADS or with the Off-Road Engineering package. The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with AIRMATIC package comprises more than just the air suspension with automatic level control.

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

Extensive range of standard equipment.


The extensive range of standard equipment of the new GLE is based on the predecessor model, enhanced with new assistance systems such as Crosswind Assist and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. ECO start/stop function, the DYNAMIC SELECT controller on the centre console, the revised multifunction steering wheel as well as the Audio 20 CD infotainment system with 7-inch display and communications module for the use of Mercedes connect me services are also part of the standard delivery scope.


For more information about the car and its availability in the Eastern Cape contact Ronnies Motors: 043 711 8000 or visit their offices in Beacon Bay, East London. 


source: Mercedes Benz



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