Revamped Mercedes GLE gets an extra shot of electrification

Though Mercedes has already launched an all-electric version in the guise of the EQE SUV, the brand is still supporting the combustion-engined versions of its large SUV GLE for which it has announced a facelift. Asides from some mild tweaking on the outside, Mercedes has added a new batch of diesel models with mild hybrid assistance and upgraded plug-in hybrids with more zero-emission range. The changes also apply to the coupé version.

All the engines benefit from more power, but the GLE 400e 4Matic model gets the biggest hike with 41 hp extra. In addition, the facelift now turns every GLE into a mild hybrid, with the two diesel options, 300 d and 450 d, featuring a 48-volt battery and an integrated starter-generator. The results are an average CO2 emission of 179 g/km for the first nameplate and 199 g/km for the latter.

Plug-in hybrid with diesel

The plug-in hybrid range has been upgraded with a battery of 31,2 kWh, mated to a 199 kW synchronous motor, enabling the big vehicle to reach 109 kilometers of zero-emission driving. This is slightly more than on the predecessor. However, despite tumbling sales and increasing controversy, Mercedes still keeps the diesel option (350 de) in its plug-in hybrid range.

According to WLTP, this model with a four-pot engine can return 0,6 liters per 100 kilometers at best. It is flanked by the 400 e, the strongest in the range (apart from the AMG models), using a four-cylinder gasoline engine with a total system output of 280 kW. Interstingly, the PHEVs are equipped with DC charging up to 60 kW. At a home socket, they can cope with 11 kW.

Wait for summer

Chrome details on the front grille and an altered light signature of the LED headlamps and on the rear make the new version easier recognizable. Mercedes has also made the range AMG Line exterior pack standard. Think of wider wheel arches and a more visual front bumper.

In the interior, the owner is met by Mercedes’ latest steering wheel design with touch controls. The center and side air vents now get a chrome look, while the Burmester sound system has been upgraded with a Dolby Atmos extension for a more immersive experience. In addition, customers can now choose the Energizing Air Control from the options list, a two-stage filter that reduces fine particles and other pollutant components.

The MBUX infotainment system has been upgraded to the second generation, enabling wireless functionality of Apple Car Play and Android Auto, more personalization choices, and notifications of over-the-air updates. The facelifted GLE and GLE Coupé won’t arrive in the showrooms before summer 2023.

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