Mercedes-Benz GLE facelift debuts, no more pure ICE, new 400 e PHEV variant

Mercedes-Benz has given a facelift to the Mercedes-Benz GLE, now making it an electrified-only car (including the AMG versions) and introducing a new 400 e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant to replace the 350 e PHEV. Including the AMG versions of the facelifted GLE, there are 7 trims of the car with each trim offered in both SUV and ‘Coupe’ body styles.

  • GLE 450 4MATIC (MHEV)
  • GLE 300 d 4MATIC (MHEV)
  • GLE 450 d 4MATIC (MHEV)
  • GLE 400 e 4MATIC (PHEV) (NEW)
  • GLE 350 de 4MATIC (PHEV)
  • AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+
  • AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé

The facelift has subtly tweaked the look of the Mercedes-Benz GLE, giving it a new headlight cluster that features a new daytime running light (DRL) design. The facelifted GLE also gets new bumpers and new wheels as part of the refresh. Like the headlights, the taillights have also been refreshed subtly.

As for powertrains, there are now 7 powertrains with 2 being AMG powertrains, 3 being mild hybrid (MHEV) powertrains, and 2 being PHEV powertrains. The AMG powertrains are electrified as well.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

New to the GLE is the powertrain in the GLE 400 e 4MATIC PHEV which consists of a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and an electric motor. Combined, the system makes 280 kW (381 hp metric) and 600 Nm. The 400 e accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h.

On electric drive alone, the 400 e has a maximum WLTP range of 105 km for the SUV version and 107 km for the Coupe version. Charging can be done at a rate of 11 kW with AC charging, which is the same for the GLE 350 de 4MATIC.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

Powertrains for the rest of the lineup are as such for the MHEV versions.

Engine3.0L turbo2.0L turbodiesel3.0L turbodiesel
Max. Power381 hp269 hp367
Additional Power (boost)20 hp20 hp20 hp
Peak Torque500 Nm550 Nm750 Nm
Additional Torque (boost)200 Nm200 Nm200 Nm
Transmission9G-Tronic automatic transmission9G-Tronic automatic transmission9G-Tronic automatic transmission
0-100 km/h5.6 s6.9 s5.6 s
Top speed250 km/h230 km/h250 km/h

For the PHEV versions…

GLE 400 e 4MATICGLE 350 de 4MATIC
Engine2.0L turbo2.0L turbodiesel
Max. Power (combined)380 hp333 hp
Max. Torque (combined)600 Nm750 Nm
0-100 km/h6.1 s6.9 s
Top speed210 km/h210 km/h

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AMG versions of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV and Coupe

The AMG versions consist of the 53 AND 63. Performance remains the same for the AMG 63 GLE, but the AMG 53 has been given a boost in torque thanks to a larger turbocharger and revised programming.

Engine3.0-litre inline 6 with exhaust gas turbocharger, electric additional compressor and ISG4.0-litre V8 with twin
scroll turbochargers
and ISG
Max. Power435 hp + 22 hp (ISG)612 hp + 22 hp
Max. Torque560 Nm + 200 Nm (ISG)850 Nm + 250 Nm (ISG)
0-100 km/h5.0 s3.9 s
Top speed250 km/h280 km/h

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Inside the GLE now gets the latest-generation steering wheel with touch elements on the left and right. Also new is a “personal sound setup” and a Dolby immersive audio experience’” as part of the Burmester surround sound system. Mercedes-Benz has comprehensively integrated many music streaming providers into the MBUX infotainment system.

Other updates to the GLE include the latest generation of MBUX, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a more interactive “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant which is capable of learning by activating online services in the Mercedes me App.

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