The new 2017 Mercedes GLE is designed to compete with the likes of the BMW X6. In fact, this new offering from Mercedes will make the mid-sized SUV segment more competitive. It gets a new engine and the carmaker also plans to offer a hybrid option that delivers much more power than before. Some changes will also be made to the cabin to make it different to the cabins of the S and E as well as C class models.
2017 Mercedes GLE – Exterior and Interior Design
When we spied the GLE it was heavily camouflaged at the front and the back. However, we did notice that the German carmaker has redesigned the bumpers as well as the lights. The latter get new graphics. The body is pretty sporty and it is designed to look very aggressive. It is made from both aluminum as well as steel and this SUV has a coupe styling. Overall, occupants of the vehicle will find the interiors very comfortable as well as large enough to accommodate five adults. Inside the cabin, the carmaker has used plenty of high quality leather to cover up the sports seats and the sporty steering wheel. Overall, the driving experience is very sporty and satisfying.
The interiors also get the same standard features as are already being used in the latest S and E as well as C class models. However, the carmaker has also added some features that help to distinguish the GLE from these other models.
2017 Mercedes GLE – Engine and Performance
Under the hood, excellent diesel as well as petrol engines powers the 2017 Mercedes GLE. A plug-in hybrid model is also to be offered and it will be capable of producing 436 horsepower and the electric motor provides enough power for you to drive the GLE for up to 18 .5 miles. The carmaker is also planning to offer another engine that delivers more power. In fact, this engine produces over 550 horsepower and 516 pound feet of torque. With this engine the electric motor produces enough power for you to drive the GLE for more than 20 miles. Other engine options include the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 329 horsepower and a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine is also available. This engine delivers 205 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 engine will also be available. This engine is capable of producing 305 horsepower and 275 pound feet of torque and it will compete well with the engine that is currently powering up the BMW X6. This engine is mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to each of the four wheels of the GLE.
2017 Mercedes GLE – Release Date and Price
We expect to see the final 2017 Mercedes GLE version to be unveiled at next year’s New York Auto Show. Sales of the vehicle will probably start in the third quarter of the year. The 2017 Mercedes GLE will probably cost you about 66000 dollars for the basic version. For this price you get to own a vehicle that has a very stylish new look. In addition, the vehicle also benefits from upgraded technologies. The 2017 Mercedes GLE SUV is however not the same as the GLE Coupe model, which is a brand new model that is to be launched soon by Mercedes Benz in the not too distant future.