The GLE will be a new model produced by German car maker of luxury cars. This company started with new naming policy. This exact model will come as a replacement for current M-Class. Although it will have completely different name, it will come as pretty much same type of vehicle. What is the real reason for this name change? Well, with new names, German manufacturer wants to more align them with sedans and coupes. For example, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE will come as a mid-size SUV, which will share level of luxury and performances with E-Class sedan. New model will come completely redesigned, with plenty of new features such as new engines, new look, many new unique features etc.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE design
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE will take the place of current M-Class models. It will be a mid-size luxury SUV, which will have both the characteristics of hi-performance and family-friendly vehicle. Although it will come with new body, it will have the same wheelbase as current M-Class models. However, it will have a longer body for about 4 inches. It will be a four-door SUV with similar profile. On the other side, front and rear body will come in completely new manner. The 2016 GLE will come with much fresher look, which will come in company’s new design language, which includes thing like new headlights, taillights, front and rear bumpers etc. It will also come with new alloy wheels, completely new interior, with new trims, colors etc.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE safety features
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE will come with plenty of safety systems. Some of standard features are airbags, antilock brakes, and stability and traction control. On the other side, there are plenty of optional features such as adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous braking in emergency situations, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, cross-traffic alert and many other. The 2016 GLE will be available with “Parking Package”, which comes with a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors and a parallel parking feature.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE drivetrain
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE will be available in petrol, diesel and hybrid variants. Base GLE350 model will be powered by V6 petrol unit with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. There is another V6 variant, GLE400, which comes with turbocharger and outputs 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It will be also available in V8 variant. It is a model called GLE63, which comes with 550 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. There is also an even more powerful variant, called GLE63 S, which outputs 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of max torque. Diesel variant is called GLE300d. It uses 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine with 201 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Finally, there is a GLE 550e, which combines electric motor with gasoline engine and has total output of 436 horsepower. All engines are paired with seven-speed automatic transmission, except GLE63 and GLE63 S. Those model use a seven-speed “multiclutch” transmission that promises the crisp response of a manual.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE release date and price
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE should come in August, while hybrid model will come probably in September. Exact price is still unknown, but it is expected that base model will go around 50.000 dollars.