2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE (M-class) changes and release date

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The new Mercedes-Benz GLE 2016 model year crossover ready for serial production and is replacing the previous generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which debuted in 2011. The official world premiere of the new Mercedes GLE was held in the beginning of April 2015 in the annual New York Auto Show.

Sales start of new premium Mercedes crossover GLE in USA is scheduled for summer 2015. The pricing will be known closer to this period. It is minor upgrade for the model, so the pricing isn’t expected to increase much.

Release date: 2015 summer

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE (M-class) exterior changes

So the new Mercedes-Benz GLE 2016 model year can be called a facelifted version of the M-Class crossover SUV, received the new decoration elements in front of the body, like in Mercedes GLE Coupe, the new adaptive headlights (Xenon, LED daytime running lights) more expressive-looking false radiator grille adorned with a large three-pointed star.

New aggressive front bumper with air intakes, stylish aerodynamic elements inserts. At the rear, the new GLE get lamps with LED and slightly adjusted rear bumper with a modified configuration of the exhaust pipes.

To emphasize stylish image of brand new Mercedes-Benz GLE, new 20-21 inch alloy wheels with low profile tires 265/45 R20 and 295/35 R21 was presented.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE (M-class) interior changes

Interior changes of the new Mercedes GLE compared to its predecessor Mercedes-Benz M-Class are seemingly cosmetic. But in fact all the new equipment and components perfectly complement the interior of the premium SUV. You might be intrested in another premium SUV – article about new Acura RDX is here.

There are new compact multifunction steering wheel sporty trimmed in the bottom, stylish center console with touchpad selector, which provides handy multimedia system usage, 7-or 8-inch color touch screen display at the top of the front panel, new interior colors, various decorative insertions of aluminum, natural wood or carbon fiber, LED interior backlighting, leather seats, front panel and doors.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE (M-class) features

As the standard for the new 2016 Mercedes GLE offers Crosswind Assist (the system leveling the body while side wind), Collision Prevention Assist Plus (preventive safety system), ECO start/stop system, Dynamic Select control (choosing driving regimes) with handy lever, two zone climate control and Audio 20 CD multimedia system with 7-inch screen.

As additional equipment is available Driving Assistance, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop/Go Pilot, Pre-Safe Brake, Bas Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Pre-Safe Plus, LED Intelligent Light System (LED adaptive headlights), parking sensors, camera with panoramic view, power seats for first row with heating, ventilation and massage function, power tailgate, COMAND Online multimedia system with 8-inch touch screen, Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen speakers.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE (M-class) specifications and trims

Adaptive chassis Dynamic Select now has six operating modes (Individual, Comfort, Slippery and Sport, Offroad and Offroad Plus). However, only a maximum packaged versions comes with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and off-road package called Off-Road.

Under the hood, the new crossover from Mercedes-Benz get more technological and economical diesel and petrol engines. But extreme high-powered AMG and a hybrid version that can be recharged from the wall outlet are also available. Potential customers can choose from the following trims available for new 2016 Mercedes GLE:

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Diesel versions

  • Diesel Mercedes GLE 250 d and 250 d 4MATIC with four-cylinder 2.1-liter diesel engine (204 hp), with modern 9-speed automatic transmission – 9G-Tronic. The manufacturer claims that the engine fuel consumption in mixed-mode is about 45 mpg
  • Diesel Mercedes GLE 350 d 4MATIC with a six-cylinder 3.0-liter diesel engine (258 hp) is also equipped with a new gearbox 9G-Tronic.

Gasoline versions

  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4Matic with a 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine (333 hp).
  • Mercedes GLE 500 4Matic with a 4.7-liter V8 twin turbo engine (435 hp).
  • Mercedes GLE 63 AMG with V8 5.5 twin turbo (557 hp) acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
  • Mercedes GLE 63 S AMG 4Matic with even more powerful V8 5.5 twin-turbo (585 hp) from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Hybrid version

Of special note is a hybrid version of the car named Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e 4Matic, with the fuel consumption of spectacular 76 mpg. Hybrid powertrain system with total capacity of 442 hp and consistent of V6 3.0 petrol BlueDIRECT engine (333 hp) and an electric motor (116 hp) integrated in the automatic transmission 7G-Tronic Plus).

Crossover is able to overcome up to 18 miles with maximum speed of up to 80 mph on electricity only. The driver of a hybrid version chooses one of four driving modes including Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save, or Charge.

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Article about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE has been prepared on the basis of peer reviews and rumors from the Internet. The exact release date and the start of sales is unclear, but there is an actual information.

Mercedes-Benz M-class brand history

The first generation M-class was developed primarily for US-market and producing in Alabama, USA. The second generation was released in 2005. The third, current generation was presented in 2011. The new GLE is a facelifted 3rd gen M-class.

ENGINE SPECS

  • Engine Type : coming soon
  • Engine Size : coming soon
  • Cylinders : coming soon
  • Max. Torque : coming soon
  • Max. Power : coming soon
  • Pwr:Wgt Ratio : coming soon
  • Bore & Stroke : coming soon

Prices, specifications, options, features of 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE could change without notice.

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Comments
  • Jeffrey L Deavers

    The article incorrectly states in several places that there is a touch-screen.

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