Since Mercedes-Benz’ introduction of the GLE in 2015, the automobile has quickly become one of the foremost choices in the SUV segment. Just unveiled in Hong Kong is its latest iteration, which brings on a multitude of upgrades that make it a tech-powered beast for the road. It’s ready for all kinds of terrain while equipped with the smarts to handle any difficulty on the road. Let’s take a look at all the new innovations and features.
1. Its new technologies help you master the road with ease.
The look and practicality of the new GLE’s cockpit is one of its prized improvements over the outgoing model. Two 31.2cm screens make up one impressive widescreen experience. It uses the latest MBUX infotainment system, which adds voice control, touch control, and a head up display. The optional MBUX Interior Assist also intelligently recognises the driver’s hand movements, plus it can discern the driver’s hand from that of the front passenger.
2. It’s the most aerodynamic in its segment.
The GLE’s exterior has been fine tuned once again to be even more aerodynamic. The magic measure for this is its drag coefficient, or Cd figure, and the new GLE boasts a best-in-class figure at 0.29 — a significant improvement over its preceding model at Cd 0.32. A sleeker, more efficient silhouette also means it can achieve a lower fuel consumption under everyday driving conditions. Its paired with the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission featuring gears one to nine to handle safety and agility with ease.
3. Greater performance is achieved in the GLE 450 with an extra zap of electric power.
The GLE 450 is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine, topped off with a 48-volt EQ Boost system, which makes engine starting impressively smooth. Thanks to the bump of electricity, the GLE can put out an extra 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW of power, over its existing 270 kW and 500 Nm of torque. The broadly spaced nine-speed transmission system also allows plenty of energy efficiency and comfort when switching gears. With an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch, torque is delivered more precisely on demand between the axles, improving safety and agility overall. An additional off-road transfer case is also available as an option for those who want to push the limits of tough terrain driving further.
4. The GLE’s numerous optional upgrades make the most of comfort and safety.
An array of driver assistance options adds comfort and ease when driving across all kinds of terrains. With greater intelligence capabilities, it’s once again one step closer to having the car drive itself. Assistants help you keep in your lane or keep your distance from the next car effortlessly, adjusting the speed automatically ahead of bends or junctions. It also watches your blind spot for you, warning you of approaching vehicles before you open the door.
The newly introduced E-Active Body Control suspension and Airmatic air suspension ensures stability, more control and freedom. It’s the only system on the market where the spring and damping forces are controlled at each wheel. This helps the car remain more stable, counteracting body roll, pitching and squatting during acceleration, and leans like a motorcycle into corners to counteract centrifugal forces. Hit the off-road free-driving mode, and the improved suspension can also help change the ground pressure of the tyres, thus freeing the car if it gets stuck in difficult ground.
5. It balances elegance with sport, perfect for Hong Kong roads.
SUVs of other marques may lean more towards either spectrum of muscle or luxury. The GLE is perhaps one of the most balanced SUVs available on the market: equal parts comfortable, quiet, sporty as well as practical, while its extended wheelbase now offers enough room for seven seats — a first-time feature on the GLE. For those looking for an extra athletic edge, you’ll want to opt for the AMG line, and up to 22-inch light alloy wheels.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC has a list price of HK$879,000