Back in 1997, Mercedes-Benz became one of the first car manufacturers in the world to release a midsize luxury SUV called the M-Class. Since then, 5 million of the brand’s lineage of midsize crossover SUVs have been sold, making it one of the most popular luxury SUVs in the market. After its global unveiling almost a year ago at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz GLE has finally landed in Manila. Now in its fourth generation, and bearing the GLE name since 2015, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE continues the success story of the brand’s pioneering midsize luxury SUV.
Completely redesigned from the ground-up, the all-new GLE’s design is based on the concept of “harmonious interaction between emotion and intelligence.” Up front, this theme is highlighted by a large twin-slatted grille featuring the three-pointed star in the middle flanked by intelligent LED headlights, as well as a lower faux grille treatment to give the car a more dynamic fascia. The rest of the body, meanwhile, is characterized by a reduction in creases and lines going around the vehicle to give the popular SUV a cleaner look. At the back, the LED taillights have been made slimmer in order to give the GLE a more dynamic look.
Mercedes-Benz has gone through great lengths to revolutionize the interior of the all-new GLE. Dominating the interior layout is a pair of high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD displays, which are operated through the MBUX touchpad-operated infotainment system, in which sounds are played through a sumptuous Burmester surround sound system. Apart from the front occupants, rear passengers also get to enjoy electronic adjustment for the seats. Lastly, the car’s dimensions have also been revised in order to provide an increased amount of interior space for all occupants. As a result, the Philippine-market GLE is offered as a 7-seater midsize luxury SUV.
The Philippine-market GLE 300d 4MATIC features a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo diesel, producing 245 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Power is sent through all four wheels via a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. A transfer case with an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch is integrated into the transmission, allowing for variable torque transfer between axles.
In terms of active driver-assist features, the GLE has blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, Active Brake Assist (enhanced autonomous emergency braking), 360-degree camera, as well as an automated parking assist system.
Manufactured in Alabama, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d 4MATIC is now on sale with a starting price of P5,690,000.