| Izah Azahari |
THE new Mercedes-Benz GLE is now showcased at Mercedes-Benz Autohaus Showroom in Beribi displaying an exterior design that exudes strength and charisma, as well as an even more spacious interior, and is launched with two lines – AMG Line and Standard Line.
The GLE is not only exceptionally dynamic and more comfortable on the road, it is also more competent off the beaten track than ever before, and at the same time sets a new aerodynamic best value in its segment with a cw value from 0.29.
The interior’s second row seats are electrically adjustable and it is now available with a third seat row. The infotainment system has larger screens, which comes with a full-colour head-up display with a resolution of 720 x 240 pixels.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC, as the first petrol model, is powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine systematically electrified with 48-volt technology. It has 270kW (367hp) and 500Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16kW/22hp available via EQ Boost over short periods.
The aesthetic appeal of the GLE is based on the harmonious interaction between emotion and intelligence, which is designed to awaken desire. This is characterised by timeless beauty, a combination of high-grade technology and craftsmanship and reduction to what is really important.
Modern luxury both on and off the road, that is the design message of the new GLE, where the vehicle’s proportions with a long wheelbase, short overhands and large, flush-fitted wheels already leave no doubt that it feels at home and cuts a good figure on any terrain. The GLE follows the design strategy of sensual purity, and dispenses with individual edges and beading in favour of generously modelled surfaces which interact with precise graphic elements.
The front section of the GLE exudes presence and power, ensured by the upright radiator grille in an octagonal SUV interpretation, the prominent, chrome-plated underguard and the bonnet with two powerdomes, emphasised by the distinctive headlamp design for day and night, where the optional ultra range high beam of the multibeam LED headlamps produces the maximum light intensity permitted by law.
Viewed from the side, the wide C-pillar typical of the GLE conveys self-assured stability, and large wheels in the sizes from 20 to 22 inches are housed in wheel arches with prominent linears.
This underlines the GLE’s robust SUV character, as do the pillared roof rails or the optional illuminated running boards. The chrome surrounding the windows are however reminiscent of a premium saloon model.
The GLE also cuts an athletic figure from the rear, ensured by the powerful shoulder muscle extending from the C-pillar to the rear lights, where the reflectors are relocated lower down, giving the rear lights a flatter appearance which are divided into two sections, giving off an impression of width and creates an unmistakable night design with illuminated blocks typical of the Mercedes-Benz SUVs.
The interior is luxuriously elegant and powerfully progressive where the central element in the dashboard’s design is a sporty, stylish cockpit unit embedded in a striking dashboard support that flows into the door panels, and the integral trim element likewise extends around the driver and front passenger areas to meet the doors, as well as the prominent, raised centre console that creates a robust contrast with the flee-floating appearance of the dashboard.
A size larger, the new GLE has a considerably longer wheelbase than its predecessor, which creates significantly more space, especially for passengers in the rear, where legroom in the second seat row has increased by 69mm to 1,045mm, while the headroom in the rear with the standard, fixed rear seat unit and 40:20:40 split backrest has been increased by 33mm to 1025mm, and because the A-pillar is more upright than before, spaciousness and entry comfort in the first row has been further improved.
A world first in the SUV segment, a second seat row with six fully electric adjustments is available as standard. The right and left seats can be separately adjusted fore and aft by up to 100mm, the backrests are adjustable for angle and foldable in a 40:20:40 ratio, and the head restraints are adjustable for height.
In typical Mercedes fashion, the rear seat adjustments are controlled by a switch in the door panel, and the backrest can also be completely folded down electrically, using a switch array in the luggage compartment.
The luggage capacity is up to 825 litres behind the rear seats and up to 2,055 litres when the second seat row is folded down. A 72mm increase in through-loading width allows bulky items to be stowed more easily. Useful holders and protective elements have been especially developed as accessories for practical stowage of recreational equipment in the interior.