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Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLE Plug-In Will Have A 62-Mile Range

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The next Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrid will have a huge improvement over the 2018 GLE 550e plug-in that only produces 10 miles of electric driving. The new plug-in hybrid is rated with 62 miles of electric range, according to a WLTP test cycle.

Ola Kallenius, head of Daimler group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development and Daimler’s next CEO, told in an interview that the plug-in hybrid is scheduled to be launched in the second half of next year.

It remains unclear if the GLE PHEV will only be launched exclusively in Europe initially but we’re pretty sure that the United States will have to wait for a few more months before getting their hands on the vehicle.

There are also no indications yet of what engine will be paired with the existing electric motor. Most plug-in hybrids come with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, but Kallenius said it’s possible we might even see a diesel powertrain. Things will be very different for the US market, though, which will quite possibly see a wider range of engine options.

An issue that may crop up, however, is the validity of the WLTP test cycle. In most cases, the WLTP testing correlates closely with the EPA test results but there are some instances where these two have butt heads. The Chevrolet Bolt is rated at 240 miles by the WLTP but only 238 miles by the EPA. The Hyundai Kona got a 292-mile range rating from WLTP but the EPA only rated it for 250 miles.

This means we cannot be too sure about the GLE plug-in hybrid’s numbers. The US market, specifically, may want to wait for the EPA results, though the WLTP figures still represent a huge advancement for plug-in hybrid vehicles, a vast majority of which don’t go as far as 62 miles on electric power alone.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Makes Its Way at the Paris Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz Cars am Vortag der Mondial de l‘Auto Paris 2018Mercedes-Benz Cars on the eve of the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris 2018

Arriving in style at the eve of the 2018 Paris Auto Show was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE bringing in new powertrains, tech elements, and more cabin space. The latest sport utility vehicle from the famous German luxury automaker made its world premiere alongside the new Mercedes-AMG A35, Mercedes-Benz EQC electric vehicle, and the Smart Forease concept car.

Powertrains

Mercedes-Benz Cars am Vortag der Mondial de l‘Auto Paris 2018 Mercedes-Benz Cars on the eve of the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris 2018

The range was highlighted by its GLE 450 trim. The unit is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to deliver a mild-hybrid setup. The petrol-fed engine offers 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque going to the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The electric motor provides a boost of 22 hp to the power of the GLE 450.

Mercedes said that diesel and plug-in hybrid versions of the GLE will follow. We are eagerly waiting for its AMG variant too!

Tech

Mercedes-Benz Cars am Vortag der Mondial de l‘Auto Paris 2018 Mercedes-Benz Cars on the eve of the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris 2018

The new GLE is riddled with new safety and driver assistance systems. The innovative technologies packed within the SUV are the 48-volt E-Active Body Control active suspension and the Active Tailback Assist. These elements help improve the vehicle’s ride comfort and agility.

The MBUX multimedia system introduced by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan also comes with the new GLE. Basically, the system functions like Siri or Alexa. That means it is capable of recognizing and executing voice commands after the user utters “Hey Mercedes”.

Bigger Wheelbase

Mercedes-Benz Cars am Vortag der Mondial de l‘Auto Paris 2018 Mercedes-Benz Cars on the eve of the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris 2018

The new GLE extends its wheelbase by more than three inches. That translates to more legroom in three-row seating capacity. The second-row seats mostly benefit from the upgrade with more than two inches increase in legroom.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE together with the Mercedes-AMG A35 and the Smart Forease at the Paris Auto Show in the gallery below:

3 Things To Know About The All-New Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes-Benz GLE sketch

German company Mercedes-Benz came up with a sketch and short video clip showing the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE sport utility vehicle’s redesigned front fascia and exciting new set of LED headlights. As if the GLE has not been talked about a lot lately, now the sketch and teaser video turned people’s enthusiasm to a near obsession.

Exterior and New Platform

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE will be based on the MHA RWD platform. The silhouette of the car might remain the same, but the styling on the new GLE is bolder and definitely more futuristic. It is longer, too, at 3.1 inches (80 millimeters). Spy shots revealed a prominent new grille, sweptback LED headlamps, and wraparound taillights. The new model is less boxy, too, and has sharper-looking bumpers, larger alloy wheels, and the familiar twin exhausts.

Powertrains

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will most likely use the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine on the GLE 63 which will be available in two flavors—one that makes 563 horsepower and another one that produces a whopping 604 horsepower. We also believe that the German carmaker will introduce an entry-level GLE 53 AMG to the SUV’s lineup. This will use a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine.

For the standard versions, Mercedes will use a number of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for the 2019 GLE. These engines will be paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. There might also be a 48-volt plug-in hybrid version that’s going to be paired with the six-cylinder versions.

Interior

Spy shots revealed an interesting take on the interior, especially because of the new technology that Mercedes has been working on. In terms of in-car tech, Mercedes is doing a complete revamp. It will now come with twin 10.25-inch display units for the instrumental console. The center console, on the other hand, will run the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) interface. The new SUV will also arrive with a three-spoke steering wheel, grab handles integrated into the central tunnel and powered seat adjustments for the rear passengers.

New 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Spotted Out And About

The Mercedes-Benz GLE will soon be redesigned, probably as an answer to BMW’s launching of the newest X5. The prototype for the new-generation of Mercedes’ mid-size luxury SUV has been spotted testing and we’re here to pick it apart for new information and details.

The current-generation GLE was never a redesigned model. It was introduced back in 2016 as a model for that year, but it was really just an update of the M-Class, which was launched in 2012. This redesigned model should focus on giving the GLE a new look. It will arrive for the 2019 model year, and should be on sale starting later this year or early next year.

How did we know this test vehicle was a GLE? The size and proportions would tell you that externally. But there was also a shot of the earlier test vehicles that showed the “W167” inscription on the rear. The current-generation GLE is internally referred to as a W166, so that makes sense, right?

The prototype has very light camouflage and disguise, and it’s easy to make out a number of details such as the massive grille and the more angular headlight shape. There’s also a more rugged look for the SUV’s body, thanks to the wide wheel arches that lead to the narrow cabin. Overall, the shape is more similar to the iconic G-Class with its strong lines and aggressive styling.

Inside, the layout is quite similar to the E-Class with the dashboard featuring a host of technology such as the dual-screen design and smartphone-like screen that is the main controller for the infotainment system. Speaking of infotainment system, that would be the new MBUX system that’s in the latest A-Class.

The MHA platform will be used for the new GLE. This is related to Mercedes’ MRA platform that’s in the German automaker’s sedans and coupes. Remember that it had its debut in the GLC? There’s also going to be a redesigned GLS in the future.

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