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The SUV trendsetter re-conceived

The exte­ri­or design of the new Mer­cedes-Benz GLE not only exudes pres­ence and pow­er but also sets a new stan­dard for sleek­ness in the SUV seg­ment.

The SUV trend­set­ter is full of inno­va­tions.

For exam­ple, the active sus­pen­sion E‑Active Body Con­trol on a 48volt basis is the first in the world.

The new dri­ver assis­tance fur­ther increase the lev­el of active safe­ty.

The inte­ri­or is even more spa­cious, with a third seat row avail­able on request.

The info­tain­ment boasts larg­er screens and MBUX Inte­ri­or Assist.

It can detect hand and arm move­ments to help with con­trol func­tions.

The GLE will fea­ture a new six-cylin­der petrol engine and four-cylin­der diesel.

Mer­cedes-Benz Cars South Africa Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Co-CEO, Johannes Fritz said the new 4MATIC ensures great agili­ty on the road and supe­ri­or per­for­mance off the beat­en track.

“In 1997 Mer­cedes-Benz found­ed the pre­mi­um SUV seg­ment with the launch of the M‑Class. Since then, over two mil­lion cus­tomers have decid­ed in favour of the off-road­er world­wide.

Mer­cedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC, desig­no hyazinthrot metal­lic, Led­er macchiatobeige/magmagrau;Kraftstoffverbrauch kom­biniert: 9,4–8,3 l/100 km; CO2-Emis­sio­nen kom­biniert: 214–190 g/km*
Mer­cedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC, desig­no hyazinth red metal­lic, Leather macchiatobeige/magma grey;combined fuel con­sump­tion: 9.4–8.3 l/100 km; com­bined CO2 emis­sions: 214–190 g/km*

The GLE intro­duces the new con­trol con­cept with inno­v­a­tive dri­ving assis­tants, a new engine range and more space. It sets the new GLE con­tin­ue this suc­cess sto­ry through­out,” said Fritz.

Pow­er­train: in-line six-cylin­der diesel meets Euro 6d

The new Mer­cedes-Benz GLE is the very first SUV any­where to meet the com­ing Euro 6d stan­dard.

The OM 656 six-cylin­der diesel engine comes with 243 kW and 700 Nm of torque in the GLE 400 d 4MATIC.

It is clean, too: Thanks to its extend­ed exhaust after treat­ment with an added under­floor SCR cat­a­lyst, the first Euro 6d stan­dard cer­ti­fied Mer­cedes-Benz mod­el. Avail­able on mar­ket launch is the four-cylin­der GLE 300 d 4MATIC with 180 kW and 500 Nm.

Thanks to fur­ther enhanced emis­sion con­trol tech­nolo­gies, the pow­er­ful four-cylin­der from the mod­ern OM 654 engine fam­i­ly remains below emis­sion lim­its even in demand­ing dri­ving sit­u­a­tions and envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions far beyond the norm.

Six-cylin­der petrol engine: elec­tri­fied with a 48-volt tech­nol­o­gy

The first petrol mod­el pow­ered by a six-cylin­der engine elec­tri­fied with a 48-volt tech­nol­o­gy is the Mer­cedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC avail­able on mar­ket launch.

Its per­for­mance data: 270 kW and 500 Nm of torque, with a fur­ther 250 Nm of torque avail­able via EQ Boost over short peri­ods.

The inte­grat­ed starter/alternator (ISG) is respon­si­ble for hybrid func­tions such as EQ Boost or ener­gy recu­per­a­tion, while allow­ing fuel sav­ings reserves for high-volt­age hybrid tech­nol­o­gy.

MBUX: now with Inte­ri­or Assist

It equips the GLE with the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the mul­ti­me­dia MBUX — Mer­cedes-Benz User Expe­ri­ence.

As a stan­dard it include a large screen Cock­pit as a 12.3‑inch/31.2 cm screens arranged next to each oth­er for a sub­lime wide screen look.

The infor­ma­tion of the instru­ment clus­ter and media dis­play is leg­i­ble on the large, high-res­o­lu­tion screens. An emo­tive pre­sen­ta­tion with bril­liant graph­ics under­lines the com­pre­hen­si­bil­i­ty of the intu­itive con­trol struc­ture.

The new, option­al MBUX Inte­ri­or Assist also allows intu­itive, nat­ur­al oper­a­tion of dif­fer­ent com­fort and MBUX func­tions by move­ment recog­ni­tion.

When a hand approach­es the touch­screen or the touch­pad on the cen­tre con­sole, the media dis­play changes and indi­vid­ual ele­ments are high­light­ed.

A unique fea­ture of MBUX — Mer­cedes-Benz User Expe­ri­ence is its learn­ing capa­bil­i­ty thanks to arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. With its pre­dic­tive func­tions, MBUX can antic­i­pate the driver’s wish­es – such as a reg­u­lar­ly used nav­i­ga­tion des­ti­na­tion.

Inte­ri­or: more space in the rear and third seat row on request

A size larg­er: the new GLE has a con­sid­er­ably longer wheel­base than its pre­de­ces­sor, which has increased by 80 mm.

This cre­ates sig­nif­i­cant­ly more space, espe­cial­ly for pas­sen­gers in the rear. Legroom in the sec­ond seat row has increased by 69 mm. Head­room in the rear with the stan­dard, fixed rear seat unit and 40:20:40 back­rest divi­sion has increased by 35 mm.

And because the A‑pillar is more upright than before, spa­cious­ness and entry com­fort in the first row has been fur­ther improved.

As an option­al extra, a spe­cial sec­ond seat row with six ful­ly elec­tric adjust­ment options is avail­able.

The right and left seats can be sep­a­rate­ly adjust­ed fore-and-aft by up to 100 mil­lime­tres, the back­rests are adjustable for angle and fold­able in a 40:20:40 ratio, and the head restraints are adjustable for height.

The back­rest can also be com­plete­ly fold­ed down elec­tri­cal­ly, using a switch array in the lug­gage com­part­ment.

As in the pre­vi­ous mod­el, three child seats can be installed next to one anoth­er in the sec­ond seat row.

The out­er seats have ISOFIX fas­ten­ing points.

The lug­gage capac­i­ty is up to 825 litres behind the rear seats, and up to 2055 litres when the sec­ond seat row is fold­ed down.

A 72 mm increase in through-load­ing width allows bulky items to be stowed more eas­i­ly.

Even more flex­i­bil­i­ty is pos­si­ble with the option­al, fold­ing third seat row, which pro­vides two extra seats.

Thanks to the Easy Entry func­tion of the ful­ly elec­tri­cal­ly adjustable sec­ond seat row, the two rear­most pas­sen­gers can con­ve­nient­ly reach their seats.

Mer­cedes-Benz GLE 300 d 4MATIC, mojavesil­ber, Led­er tartufobraun/ schwarz;Kraftstoffverbrauch kom­biniert: 6,4–6,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emis­sio­nen kom­biniert: 169–161 g/km*
Mer­cedes-Benz GLE 300 d 4MATIC, mojave sil­ver, leather truf­fle brown/black;combined fuel con­sump­tion: 6.4–6.1 l/100 km; com­bined CO2 emis­sions: 169–161 g/km

Exte­ri­or design: pow­er­ful pres­ence

“The GLE exhibits icon­ic Mer­cedes-Benz design while remain­ing true to its char­ac­ter as an off-road­er,” said Selvin Goven­der, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor for Mer­cedes-Benz Cars South Africa.

“With its design idiom it per­fect­ly embod­ies our design phi­los­o­phy of sen­su­al puri­ty, thus rep­re­sent­ing mod­ern lux­u­ry.

The inte­ri­or derives its fas­ci­na­tion from the con­trast between the lux­u­ri­ous and ele­gant design and the dig­i­tal high-tech of our MBUX sys­tem.”

Mod­ern lux­u­ry both on and off the road: that is the design mes­sage of the new GLE.

The vehicle’s pro­por­tions with a long wheel­base, short over­hangs 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.

The sur­faces inter­act with pre­cise graph­ic ele­ments.

The front sec­tion of the GLE exudes pres­ence and pow­er: this is ensured by the upright radi­a­tor grille in an octag­o­nal SUV inter­pre­ta­tion, the promi­nent, chrome-plat­ed under­guard and the bon­net with two pow­er domes.

This strik­ing appear­ance is empha­sised by the dis­tinc­tive head­lamp design by day and night.

The ULTRA RANGE high beam of the option­al MULTIBEAM LED head­lamps projects a par­tic­u­lar­ly long-range beam of light.

Viewed from the side, the wide C‑pillar typ­i­cal of the GLE con­veys self-assured sta­bil­i­ty.

The large wheels in sizes from 18 to 22 inch­es; as option­al; are housed in wheel arch­es with promi­nent lin­ers.

The chrome sur­rounds of the win­dows are how­ev­er rem­i­nis­cent of a pre­mi­um saloon mod­el.

The GLE also cuts an ath­let­ic fig­ure from the rear.

This is par­tic­u­lar­ly ensured by the pow­er­ful shoul­der mus­cle extend­ing from the C‑pillar to the rear lights.

The rear is strik­ing­ly round­ed off with the chrome-plat­ed under­guard.

Aero­dy­nam­ics: detailed fine-tun­ing for the best Cd fig­ure in this class

The new GLE has a Cd fig­ure from 0.29, the best in its seg­ment.

This is also a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment over the pre­ced­ing mod­el (Cd 0.32).

The good aero­dy­nam­ic prop­er­ties make a key con­tri­bu­tion to low fuel con­sump­tion under every­day con­di­tions.

Intel­li­gent dri­ve 

Dri­ving assis­tance sys­tems: supe­ri­or sup­port in tail­backs

The new GLE is the debut of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Mer­cedes-Benz dri­ving assis­tance sys­tems giv­ing coop­er­a­tive sup­port to the dri­ver. The lev­el of active safe­ty has not only been improved fur­ther com­pared to the pre­ced­ing mod­el — some Intel­li­gent Dri­ve func­tions are also with­out par­al­lel beyond the SUV seg­ment.

When Active Dis­tance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adap­ta­tion is active, the new GLE is able to respond to Live­Traf­fic info — ide­al­ly before the dri­ver or the radar and cam­era sen­sors detect the hold-up or haz­ard.

When a traf­fic jam is detect­ed, the speed is reduced by way of pre­cau­tion to approx. 100 km/h, unless the dri­ver specif­i­cal­ly decides oth­er­wise.

Once the tail­back dis­solves, the GLE accel­er­ates back up to the set speed for Active Dis­tance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adap­ta­tion.

Where traf­fic signs spec­i­fy a dif­fer­ent speed, Active Speed Lim­it Assist auto­mat­i­cal­ly selects the sign post­ed speed lim­it.

Always ready to help: numer­ous oth­er assis­tants are avail­able

It is not only by giv­ing dri­ver sup­port in tail­backs that the new GLE fur­ther expands Mer­cedes-Benz Intel­li­gent Dri­ve and takes anoth­er major step towards autonomous dri­ving.

Active Dis­tance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steer­ing Assist now pro­vide even more com­fort­able sup­port for the dri­ver in keep­ing a safe dis­tance and steer­ing.

A total­ly new fea­ture of Active Brake Assist in the Dri­ving Assis­tance pack­age is the turn­ing-off func­tion, which comes into play when the dri­ver intends to turn off across the oncom­ing lane: in the event of a risk of col­li­sion with oncom­ing traf­fic, the GLE can car­ry out autonomous brak­ing.

In addi­tion, the new GLE is equipped with Active Blind Spot Assist which includes an exit warn­ing.

This func­tion can low­er the risk of a col­li­sion with oth­er road users, such as pass­ing cyclists.

This sup­ports ben­e­fi­cial changes in seat­ed pos­ture by means of minute move­ments of the seat cush­ion and back­rest when on a jour­ney.

Ener­giz­ing com­fort con­trol net­works var­i­ous com­fort sys­tems in the vehi­cle, and uses musi­cal and light­ing moods plus a num­ber of mas­sage modes for a wide range of feel-good pro­grammes.

4MATIC all-wheel dri­ve: agile on the road, supe­ri­or when off-road

In all vari­ants of the new GLE, pow­er is trans­mit­ted by the 9G-TRONIC auto­mat­ic trans­mis­sion.

With the four cylin­der engines, 4MATIC all-wheel dri­ve is realised with a trans­fer case which trans­mits the dri­ve torque to the axles in a fixed ratio of 50:50 per­cent.

A trans­fer case with an elec­tron­i­cal­ly con­trolled mul­ti ‑disc clutch is used in the GLE 450 or GLE 400 d.

This allows a vari­able trans­fer of dri­ve torque from 0100 per­cent (torque on demand) between the axles.

Also new, and avail­able as an option, is a trans­fer case spe­cial­ly con­fig­ured for supe­ri­or off-road dri­ving char­ac­ter­is­tics.

In addi­tion to the con­trolled mul­ti-disc clutch with torque-on demand func­tion, this has a reduc­tion gear set and an auto­mat­ic lock­ing effect from 0–100 per­cent for off-road dri­ving.

The two ful­ly net­worked trans­fer cas­es with torque on demand allow a fur­ther improve­ment in han­dling safe­ty and agili­ty also when dri­ving on the road.

This is achieved in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing cor­ner­ing, by specif­i­cal­ly influ­enc­ing the degree of yaw to induce over­steer or under­steer.

Light­weight con­struc­tion: the bat­tle for the ide­al weight

With its high rigid­i­ty, the body shell of the new GLE makes a major con­tri­bu­tion to meet­ing the demand­ing stan­dards for vehi­cle dynam­ics, qui­et run­ning, per­ceived qual­i­ty and crash safe­ty.

From PRE-SAFE® to the seat belts, from the body shell struc­ture to the airbags: the new GLE pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion that com­mences well before an acci­dent and con­tin­ues to act after­wards.

Both sta­t­i­cal­ly and dynam­i­cal­ly, the body struc­ture of the new GLE is around 20 per­cent more tor­sion ally rigid than that of the pre­vi­ous mod­el.

To this end it com­bines high-strength sheet steel with light­weight mate­ri­als for cer­tain assem­blies.

Head up: the next-gen­er­a­tion head-up dis­play

A next-gen­er­a­tion head-up dis­play is avail­able which sets new stan­dards with a res­o­lu­tion of 720 x 240 pix­els and an extend­ed pro­jec­tion dis­tance.

A sys­tem of lens­es and mir­rors projects a full-colour image mea­sur­ing around 45 x 15 cen­time­tres into the wind­screen.

To the dri­ver it appears to float above the bon­net at a dis­tance of around 3 metres.

Now more than twice the size, the vir­tu­al image is 20 per­cent brighter for bet­ter leg­i­bil­i­ty and has space for fur­ther infor­ma­tion.

A clear view ahead: the ulti­mate wind­screen wiper sys­tem

The ulti­mate in wind­screen wiper/washer sys­tems is Mag­ic Vision Con­trol, which has under­gone fur­ther devel­op­ment for the new GLE and saves up to 50 per­cent of wash­er flu­id com­pared to a con­ven­tion­al sys­tem – while ensur­ing a per­fect view to the front.

The intel­li­gent sys­tem pre­cise­ly meters the wash­er flu­id accord­ing to the pre­vail­ing con­di­tions, e.g. the ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture and road speed.

The warm wash­er flu­id is dis­trib­uted onto the wind­screen along the entire length of the wiper blades by sophis­ti­cat­ed chan­nels and hoses, always on the side towards which the blade is cur­rent­ly mov­ing.

Accord­ing­ly the wash­ing pro­ce­dure can be ful­ly auto­mat­ed accord­ing to the cur­rent con­di­tions.

Cor­re­spond­ing wash­er pro­grammes are stored in the con­trol unit of the wiper motor.

Trail­er Maneu­ver­ing Assist: sup­port dur­ing slow maneu­vers 

Trail­er Maneu­ver­ing Assist is new at Mer­cedes-Benz and option­al­ly avail­able for the GLE in Europe.

It par­tic­u­lar­ly makes revers­ing maneu­vers eas­i­er for inex­pe­ri­enced trail­er users.

Trail­er Maneu­ver­ing Assist con­trols the steer­ing angle of the tow­ing vehi­cle auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

An artic­u­la­tion angle sen­sor in the ball-neck of the trail­er cou­pling sup­plies the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion.

Inte­ri­or design: lux­u­ri­ous­ly ele­gant and pow­er­ful­ly pro­gres­sive

The inte­ri­or of the new GLE derives its fas­ci­na­tion from the con­trast between the lux­u­ri­ous, ele­gant ambi­ence of a Mer­cedes-Benz lux­u­ry sedan and the robust, pro­gres­sive fea­tures of an SUV.

The cen­tral ele­ment in the dashboard’s design is a sporty, styl­ish cock­pit unit embed­ded in a strik­ing dash­board sup­port.

The promi­nent, raised cen­tre con­sole cre­ates a robust con­trast with the flee float­ing appear­ance of the dash­board.

As a typ­i­cal fea­ture of off-road­ers, there are two promi­nent grab han­dles on the cen­tre con­sole.

Flow­ing leather sur­faces cre­ate a mod­ern, lux­u­ri­ous impres­sion round­ed off by a broad area of trim and flush-fit­ting roller blinds.

All the ergonom­i­cal­ly refined con­trols and dis­plays fea­ture a new design.

Nine gears for com­fort­able and effi­cient gear shifts

In all vari­ants of the new GLE, pow­er is trans­mit­ted by the 9G-TRONIC auto­mat­ic trans­mis­sion.

The broad ratio spread of gears one to nine allows a clear­ly per­cep­ti­ble reduc­tion in engine speed and is a deci­sive fac­tor behind the high lev­el of ener­gy effi­cien­cy and ride com­fort.

The high over­all effi­cien­cy is reflect­ed in the fuel econ­o­my.

Short­ened shift and response times ensure opti­mum spon­tane­ity com­bined with out­stand­ing­ly smooth gear changes. Par­tic­u­lar­ly in man­u­al mode and S mode, 9G-TRONIC responds imme­di­ate­ly and enhances dri­ving plea­sure.

The par­tic­u­lar­ly good gear shift­ing com­fort of the 9‑speed auto­mat­ic trans­mis­sion is the result of exten­sive mea­sures.

These include the nov­el direct con­trol sys­tem which enables short, bare­ly per­cep­ti­ble gear changes.

The com­bi­na­tion of twin-tur­bine tor­sion­al damper and cen­trifu­gal pen­du­lum tech­nol­o­gy in the torque con­vert­er ensures out­stand­ing dri­ve com­fort.

An addi­tion­al, elec­tric trans­mis­sion oil pump is acti­vat­ed in start/stop oper­a­tion, ensur­ing a basic sup­ply to the con­trol ele­ments and actu­a­tors.

The time delay between the desire to move off and the vehicle’s actu­al move­ment is reduced by the elec­tric trans­mis­sion oil pump.

In ECO dri­ving mode, the glid­ing func­tion assists the driver’s active fuel econ­o­my mea­sures.

When the driver’s foot leaves the accel­er­a­tor, the com­bus­tion engine is decou­pled from the dri­ve sys­tem and runs at idling speed.

The vehi­cle rolls for a mea­sur­ably longer dis­tance than when on the over­run.

When the accel­er­a­tor is depressed again, the con­nec­tion between the engine and dri­ve sys­tem is re-estab­lished.

When the dri­ving sit­u­a­tion and charge lev­el of the bat­tery allow, the com­bus­tion engine is decou­pled from the dri­ve­train and switched off, so that the vehi­cle can coast freely (“glid­ing”).

This involves shift­ing the trans­mis­sion into neu­tral posi­tion, there­by reduc­ing drag loss­es in the dri­ve­train.

The starter-alter­na­tor serves as an elec­tric dri­ve and helps to extend the ener­gy effi­cient glid­ing phase.

Dur­ing decel­er­a­tion, the kinet­ic ener­gy from the starter-gen­er­a­tor is con­vert­ed into elec­tric pow­er (“recu­per­at­ed”) as appro­pri­ate to the dri­ving sit­u­a­tion and used to charge the bat­tery.

Espe­cial­ly in con­junc­tion with the new trans­fer case with Torque on Demand, a clear dif­fer­ence between the indi­vid­ual on-road dri­ving modes Com­fort, Sport and Sport+ (only in con­junc­tion with eABC) is per­ceiv­able and selec­table by any cus­tomer.

The vehi­cle char­ac­ter­is­tics can be var­ied from neutral/slight under­steer right up to slight and con­trol­lable over­steer.

The new GLE Mod­els:

GLE 300 d 4MATIC GLE 400 d 4MATIC GLE 450 4MATIC
Num­ber of cylinders/arrangement 4/in-line 6/in-line 6/in-line
Dis­place­ment (cc) 1950 2925 2999
Rat­ed out­put (kW) 180 243 270
at rpm 4200 3600–4000 5500–6100
Extra out­put from EQ Boost (kW/hp) - - 16/22
Rat­ed torque (Nm) 500 700 500
at rpm 1600–2400 1200–3000 1600–4500
Add. torque from ECO Boost (Nm) - - 250
Fuel con­sump­tion com­bined  (l/100 km) 6.4–6.1 7,5–7,0 9.4–8.3
Com­bined CO2 emis­sions (g/km) 161–169 184–199 190–214
Emis­sion class Euro 6d-TEMP Euro 6d Euro 6d-TEMP
Accel­er­a­tion 0–100 km/h (s) 7.2 5.8 5.7
Top speed (km/h) 225 240 250
Start­ing Retail Price R 1 210 500 R1 351 200 R1 329 400

*DIN kerb weight, not includ­ing dri­ver; **EC kerb weight, includ­ing dri­ver (75 kg).



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