New Mercedes Benz GLE SUV: Bigger, smarter, more comfortable

December 19, 2018 9:10 am |, Peter Warren

In mid-2019 Mercedes is unleashing the all new GLE SUV in Australia. Just like its predecessor it's a huge, powerful luxury SUV featuring a cabin packed with features and more room than you could ever need. 

Despite its similarities the 2019 model is an improvement over the older version in every way, as well as one of the most futuristic SUVs we've ever driven. 

A cabin straight out of Blade runner

Sci-fi classics like Blade Runner and Back to the Future always feature cars with screens covering their entire dashboard. The new Mercedes Benz GLE sports a similar look with near panoramic touch screens, that span from behind the steering wheel to halfway across the dash. 

If you don't feel like reaching out to touch the screens an advanced MBUX voice interpretation software allows you to speak to your car to control it. There's something really exciting about saying 'Hey Mercedes, I'm too hot' then feeling the aircon blast.

There's also an optional heads up display system that projects important information onto the windscreen, and a smart system that senses a car occupant's posture and adjusts their seat to perfectly fit their body. 

More powerful than ever

When Mercedes-Benz produce a new model they have a habit of packing it with more power than the last. Happily, they've followed that trend with the new GLE, strapping a massive mild-hybrid turbo charged 3 litre engine under its hood, that blasts out over 360 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. 

An advanced electrical motor can add 21 hp and 250 Nm of torque when needed, or be used to improve the car's efficiency. All this power is harnessed by a 9-speed automatic gearbox that provides seamless shifting, and impressive efficiency. A plug-in hybrid and diesel version of the car will also launch later in the year. 

Futuristic safety, and automation features

This car is brimming with futuristic features that makes driving easier and safer. The most innovative of which is the Trailer Maneuvering Assist system that uses sensors in the tow ball to take control of the steering wheel when backing a trailer at under 5 kph. 

There's also an E-Active Body Control system that uses air dampers at each wheel to automatically adjust suspension to the conditions. This means you get a smoother, safer ride.

Drop in to Peter Warren Mercedes-Benz in Warwick Farm to get behind the wheel of the current model GLE, or get in touch and enquire so that you're the first to hear about the next.