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And while the exterior has undergone what is a fairly mild revamp, it does at least look better than the early press shots we were sent back in September Decked out in bland metallic beige paint and black plastic exterior trim, the car in said photos did a sterling job of hiding what is actually a sharp, well-proportioned design to these eyes. Manufacturers seem to be jettisoning the rotary dial selector button in favour of other, more fiddly solutions and Mercedes is no different.
We were shown a demonstration where the driver could program the sat-nav with just a simple gesture, whereas the passenger — using the same gesture — can switch their massaging seat on. A neat feature that has use beyond simply being a flashy gimmick. It has a solidity to it that recent Mercedes cabins have lacked, while the overall design is logical and relatively easy to master. How does it drive?
From launch the GLE will be available with two engines in the UK, both paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel drive. These consist of the d 2.
Back to the present, however, and while both engines are accomplished, you get the feeling that Mercedes is making you wait for the good stuff. The bhp is creamy smooth and provides plenty of go yet is better suited to markets where the price of fuel is inconsequential.
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Meanwhile, the d is punchy enough with bhp and lb ft of torque mph in 7. The sweet spot, therefore, appears to fall on either of the two 3. Fast, relatively frugal and free of the 2. Providing a composed, unfussy ride that does an extraordinary job of taking the edge off bumps even with inch wheels fittedthis — along with low levels of wind noise — make the GLE an incredibly relaxing place to spend time in.
If you can bring yourself to switch the drive selector out of Comfort and into Sport really, why would you? And talking of taking it out of its comfort zone, the GLE is also available with an Off-Road Pack although, not on the d versionthat, among other features, adds a low-range transmission and extra underbody protection.
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To suggest it has been totally transformed, as Mercedes does, is probably going a little too far, but to its credit everything you see and touch has been reworked, including the front seats which are a good deal firmer and more body hugging than before.
The multi-layered dashboard boasts its own individual design with signature rectangular air vents as opposed to the round vents used by other recent new Mercedes-Benz models.
Ahead of the driver, its upper section houses a large hoodless digital panel with two New technology comes in the form of an optional head-up display unit boasting x pixel resolution across a screen area of 45cm by 15cm. Active Stop and Go assist, a driving function that permits semi-autonomous driving in traffic jams, is also among a wide range of driver assistant programs adopted by the new model. There is a distinct feeling of roominess up front with generous levels of head and elbow room combining with the commanding seating position and more upright A-pillars to create a pleasing driving environment.
A high mounted centre console with integrated grab handles also provides a wide divide between the driver and front seat passenger, further adding to the feeling of space.
That longer wheelbase has liberated an added 69mm of rear legroom and, in combination with a longer rear overhang, also helps to increase the accommodation offered by the third seat row. Boot space has actually been reduced by litres, though it remains competitive at litres with the second-row seats, which now come with optional six-way electric adjustment, set all the way back.
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The so-called MHA modular high architecture structure adopts cast aluminium nodes for the front and rear suspension mountings as well as other changes in the material mix that not only help to increase its overall stiffness but also see it hit the scales at the same weight of the shorter and narrower version of the older MRA modular rear architecture platform used by the superceded third-generation GLE at kg.
The new structure sits on a heavily reworked double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Lower end models continue with standard steel springs and adaptive dampers, but they can be optioned with the three-chamber height adjustable AirMatic air suspension that comes as standard on higher end models at extra cost. A further development of the AirMatic system, it works in combination with a volt electric architecture and stereo camera that is used to scan the road to provide individual adjustment of the air spring and damper acting on each wheel, allowing it to not only counteract body lean but also better control pitch and dive.
The initial engine line-up for the new GLE in the UK includes just two units, though others, including two six-cylinder diesels and a pair of AMG fettled petrol engines, are set to follow later in Right now, however, the line-up starts with a turbocharged 2.
Mounted within the forward section of the gearbox, it uses energy from a lithium-ion battery to provide an added 22bhp and generous lb ft of torque under acceleration in a mild-hybrid process that is not only claimed to enhance performance but overall economy, too.
How does the GLE perform on the road? The new petrol-electric drivetrain, also used in the CLS and S, is tailor-made for the new GLE, providing prodigious shove when accelerating from low speeds and a solid turn of speed through the gears on a loaded throttle. It is also pleasingly hushed and well isolated from the cabin, giving the GLE 4Matic agreeably calm and relatively quiet cruising qualities.