The new, fourth generation of the popular mid-size luxury SUV is here and it seems like the German carmaker did a very good job with the new model. According to the latest reports, this model definitely has a big chance to retain and even improve its very good position on the market. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE features a lot of improvements. This was a complete overhaul, which included core changes in all aspects.
The platform is new, as well as the styling, while pretty much all of the company’s latest technologies have been applied to this luxurious SUV. Of course, novelties under the hood are among these new technologies as well. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE comes with several units in the offer, including a new mild hybrid system. All of them are characterized by improved efficiency and more power. Also, all of them come with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Redesign
As we already mentioned, this redesign has brought a lot of novelties. Of course, there is a new platform, which brings notable improvements in terms of ride quality. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE sticks to its traditional approach and offers suspension setup that insists rather on the comfort that performances. Therefore, rivals from BMW and Audi may be more athletic, but this one dominates when it comes to riding softness.
Another important thing to mention is that the new model is notably bigger. Compared to the previous generation, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE gets about three inches in wheelbase and full five inches in overall length, which should be highly beneficial in terms of interior space and comfort. Of course, there is also a completely new styling. Although it keeps a typical mid-size SUV shape, it comes with completely new aesthetics, based on the brand’s new design language.
Typically for the brand, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE interior features excellent quality. You can easily notice hi-end materials all over the cabin, along with amazing craftsmanship. Styling-wise, the new dashboard looks amazing. Of course, it is highlighted by two integrated screens. One of the is an instrument cluster while the other is used for the infotainment system. Also, you can notice plenty of massive, but also elegant air vents on the dashboard, as another highlight.
In terms of comfort and functionality, this is pretty much a typical mid-size luxury SUV. It comes standard with two rows of seats, but three-row versions are available as well. Typically for the class, the third row isn’t that generous in terms of space. So, won’t be a great place to be in, if you are considering longer trips. When it comes to cargo volume, you can count on about 33 cubic feet behind the second row, which are pretty much typical numbers for the class.
One of the main characteristics of this SUV is a full amount of top-notch tech features in the offer. All models come standard with things like a 12.3-inch screen for the driver’s display, a 12.3-inch touch screen for the infotainment display, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, five USB ports, proximity key entry, push-button start etc. In higher trims, you can get even more, including things like a video-based navigation system, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, an in-cabin air fragrance system, a Burmester surround-sound system etc.
When it comes to safety, the list of standard features is quite good. It includes a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, active brake assist, driver attention monitoring, parking assist etc. Among optional features, some of the highlights are systems like head-up display, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, active steering assist, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and bicyclist monitoring, lane change assist and many more.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Engines
At this moment, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is available in two variants. Base models now feature a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is good for about 255 horsepower. Seems enough for a daily driver, but those who want something peppier can opt for a new six-cylinder unit, which delivers 362 horsepower. Also, this engine comes with a mild hybrid setup, which adds an extra 21 hp in short intervals, which is highly beneficial during acceleration. Speaking of acceleration, this version marks a quite respectable 0-60 time that goes around 5.5 seconds.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. With the six-cylinder engine, you can also count on pretty respectable numbers, which go around 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Both engines come paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Pricing
The base version of 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE, equipped with a four-cylinder engine, goes around 53.700 dollars. AWD models are available at 56.000 dollars, while models with six cylinders start at around 61.000 dollars.
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