With a wealth of innovations, the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is poised to set new benchmarks in its segment at an extremely competitive price. For example, the revolutionary new E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL system is the world’s most intelligent SUV suspension developed by Mercedes-Benz and powered in part by the 48-volt battery. The driver assistance systems also take another step forward with Active Stop-and-Go Assist that enables the GLE to recognize traffic jams at an early stage and support the driver in stop-and-go traffic.
The interior is even more spacious and comfortable, with a newly available third row seat. The new GLE is equipped with the intuitively-operated infotainment system Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with Voice Control and natural language understanding, and introduces the new MBUX Interior Assistant, which supports operating intentions by recognizing hand and arm movements. The exterior design not only exudes presence and power, but also sets a new standard for aerodynamics in the SUV segment.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class benefits from exciting new additional standard features including MBUX with Voice Control, dual-12.3″ digital instrument cluster and 12.3″ touchscreen multimedia displays, Mercedes-Benz Navigation, LED headlamps, HANDS-FREE ACCESS and a host of safety features, including Blind Spot Assist and Active Parking Assist.
Newly optional features such as the enlarged panoramic sliding sunroof with a 50% larger viewing area, 4-Zone Climate Control and Inductive Wireless Charging make the in-car experience even more luxurious for the driver and passengers. The new 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission on all GLE models allows for faster, smoother and more efficient driving.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV is available in GLE 350 and GLE 450 4Matic trim levels. Both distinguished by engine choices and drivetrain. The GLE has seating for five passengers, but the optional third-row seats increase capacity to seven.
Standard equipment for the GLE include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, a hands-free liftgate, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, adaptive suspension dampers, an automated parking system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a virtual instrument panel, simulated leather upholstery (MB-Tex), heated front seats, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, the MBUX infotainment system, a navigation system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, five USB-C ports, and HD radio.
Standard safety features include emergency communications, forward collision warning and mitigation, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a passenger-exit alert system, and a drowsy driver monitoring system.
An optional third row of seats is available and comes with powered second-row seats and two additional USB ports. The Premium package add a household power outlet, interior ambient lighting, a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, satellite radio, and a wireless charging pad. The Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise control, active emergency stop assist, lane keeping assist, active lane change assist, frontal cross-traffic alert, a traffic sign reader, and a low-level automated driving system.
The MBUX Technology package adds augmented reality driving directions, a head-up display and additional controls for interior features, while the Energizing Package Plus bring an air fragrancer, ventilated front seats, and multicontour front seats with massage functions.
Other options include a variety of AMG styling packages such as adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, soft-close doors, a panoramic sunroof, a trailer hitch, an air suspension, leather upholstery, sport front seats, heated rear seats, a surround-view parking camera system, additional sound and heat insulation, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, power window shades, and a premium 25-speaker Burmester audio system.
The GLE 450 4Matic is also eligible for the E-Active Body Control suspension that counteracts the vehicle’s body roll in turns.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC and GLE 450 4MATIC will be available in the U.S. starting in spring 2019, followed by the GLE 350 in summer 2019. The all-new GLE lineup includes the GLE 350, with an MSRP starting at $53,700, the GLE 350 4MATIC starting at $56,200, and the GLE 450 4MATIC starting at $61,150.
Just as impressive as how the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class drives is how well the interior is crafted. As expected, the cabin is covered in top-grade materials and built with the solid construction that Mercedes is known for. The beautiful twin 12.3-inch screens accentuate the horizontal dash. The only items that strike an odd tone is the rectangular central air vents and awkward vent-like strakes to the right of the central display.
As the second Mercedes-Benz vehicle to employ the new MBUX infotainment system, the 2020 GLE gains an advantage over its rivals. The MBUX system is packed with features and easy to operate. The main reason is the multiple means of control. The touchpad located on the center console is the obvious way, and it’s flanked by an appropriate number of physical shortcut buttons. You can also use the main display as a touchscreen, operate small trace-pads located on the steering wheel, or simply speak out loud using MBUX accurate voice recognition system.
A long list of options is available to provide supreme comfort. Different cabin modes can be selected to create a specific ambiance with lighting, audio and even scent. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class massaging seats are by far the most useful, especially on longer trips as they gently shift the primary seat contact points to alleviate fatigue. For the driver, a very large head-up display effectively eliminates the need to glance at the instrument panel, and the Distronic adaptive cruise control feature lessens the drudgery of driving on the highway, especially in congested traffic. Other advanced safety features are well tuned to avoid false alarms.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class second-row seats are accommodating for larger adults, with an abundance of room in all applicable dimensions. Unlike other SUVs, the materials quality back there is as good as it is up front. The optional third-row seats are more spacious than you’ll expected. They have enough headroom for adults, but the low and short seat cushions definitely make them better suited to smaller passengers. No matter which seat you’re in, the GLE’s cabin remains blissfully quiet, with a luxurious ride that is in keeping with the Mercedes-Benz reputation.
The cargo area is large and flat with no wheelwell intrusion. Max cargo room is among the best in the midsize luxury SUV class. There are 38.2 cubic feet of space behind the second-row and 72.6 cubes with the seatbacks folded flat. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class max towing capacity, even with the four-cylinder engine, is similarly strong.
Under the hood, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class gets two new engines, both paired with the same nine-speed automatic transmission. For the base GLE 350 and GLE 350 4Matic (all-wheel-drive) models, there’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The new 3.0L inline six-cylinder turbo engine with EQ Boost in the GLE 450 4MATIC produces 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and is systematically electrified with 48-volt technology. The Integrated- Starter Generator (ISG) is responsible for functions such as EQ Boost and energy recuperation by augments the output by up to 21 additional horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high- voltage hybrid technology.
Available on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC, the sophisticated E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension uses Road Surface Scan and a curve inclination function that make an extraordinary level of comfort possible. It is the only system on the market where the spring and damping forces can be individually controlled at each wheel. The suspension also introduces and enhances off-road capabilities. For example, the new Free-driving mode can quickly and automatically help rock the GLE free by raising and lowering the suspension level if it becomes bogged down.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (GLE 350)
255 horsepower @ 5,700-6,100 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,000 rpm
0-60 mph time: 7.0 seconds est. (4MATIC: 7.1 est.)
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (RWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)
Towing capacity: 7,700 lbs
Max. total payload: 1,521 lbs
3.0-liter supercharged inline-6 with EQ boost (GLE 450)
362 horsepower @ 5,500-6,100 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,000 rpm
0-60 mph time: 5.5 seconds est
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 mpg
Towing capacity: 7,700 lbs
Max. total payload: 1,623 lbs