Crossover SUV segment is where the majority of competition in automobile segment is and no company wants to be left out of the fun! From relatively small carmakers like Kia to iconic brands like Mercedes-Benz, everyone has joined the bandwagon. This explains why the Mercedes has focused on revamping its 2017 portfolio of cars with a special focus on this segment. The engine is one of its strong areas as is the upscale interior.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE will have aggressive styling and a sporty appeal. The Crossover coupe is basically a refresh to the dated M-Class. A tailgate is an addition to exterior design. It has got LED headlamps like most rivals in the segment. Taillights and grille have also received updates. The car will be sold in six trims- GLE300d, GLE350, AMG GLE63, GLE400, AMG GLE63 S and the GLE550e plug-in Hybrid.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV can seat up to 5 passengers. The cargo space is quite large. As expected, the seats are wrapped in plush leather and the feel is very soft. At the center console, there is an 8-inch tablet display. For entertainment buffs, there are features like an Olufsen Audio system. The panoramic sunroof can be adjusted with a push button. Front seats are equipped with armrest at sides. The iconic German brand never skimps on luxury and entertainment quotient and the same can be said about its latest crossover coupe, aka GLE Class. The entry-level GLE300d comes with rear privacy glass, power-folding mirrors, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, HD, and satellite radio. The GLE350 gets bigger 19” wheels. In the GLE400 trim you get a turbocharged engine, power lumbar support, multicolored ambient lighting, ventilated front seats and an enhanced 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound setup. Move up to the AMG GLE63, and you get aluminum shift pedals, sports exhaust, adaptive air suspension, rear parking sensors, 20-inch wheels. In AMG GLE63 S trim, you get 21” wheels, unique upholstery along with beefy turbocharged V8 engine. The safety features include standard airbags, stability control, adaptive cruise control, traction control, child safety locks and semi-autonomous braking systems. In higher trims, the number of safety features also goes up, as expected.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE – Modification under the Hood
The sources indicate 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class will have 3 engine options. The first is a 3.5-liters V6 engine with an output of 302 hp. There will be a Twin Turbocharged 3.0-liters V6 version making 329 hp. The third one is a 4-cylinder 2.1-liters turbo diesel that makes 201 hp. The hybrid version will get a GLE 550 e 4MATIC engine that makes 436 hp.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE – Expected MSRP and Availability
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class is likely to be made available for sale in early 2017. The price of base version can be close to $66,000. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has some strong points including numerous engine choices and plenty of entertainment features. The cabin also looks luxurious, as expected. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 2017 will face competition from rivals like the 2017 Volvo XC90, the 2017 Lexus RX 350 coupe, and 2017 BMW X5.