The new generation of the mid-size GLE SUV is out. Well, the vehicle is not available for orders yet, but the German company unveiled all the key changes. The 2020 Mercedes GLE will be more luxurious than before. We know it will be available in three levels – GLE 350, GLE 450, and AMG. We also expect updates about the plug-in hybrid variant, coupe, and color options. Dimensions of the SUV are pretty much the same as before, with slightly increased length. Engine options are 2.0 and 3.0, while AMG 53 SUV is getting special treatment.
Multiple drivetrain options are one of the greatest advantages of the 2020 Mercedes GLE. If two base units are not enough, the German company will bring the banger with an AMG. Besides that, all Mercedes vehicles are coming with a long list of standard features. So it is with GLE. Cozy seats, elegant and quiet cabin, and the latest features for the MBUX infotainment are highlights of the interior. With the new layout, drivers will find it simpler to control everything from the touchscreen display positioned at the center of the dashboard. Since the SUV is still new, we won’t find too many downsides before it shows itself on roads. The price will definitely be one of them.
2020 Mercedes GLE Powertrains and Specs
Compared to its predecessor, the 2020 Mercedes GLE will add a new base unit. In the previous generation, it was a 3.0-liter V6, and drivers complained about how it works. Even 330 hp and 355 lb-ft of torque were not enough. Engineers are raising the bar for the next GLE. The same engine is retuned and ready to burst 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Plus, there is a new EQ Boost system that can add an extra 22 hp. Top speed is limited to 130 mph. The new GLE 450 is going to need 5.5 seconds to accelerate 0-60 mph.
A nine-speed automatic transmission is a power router for both GLE 350 and GLE 450. Now, the entry-level SUV is coming with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. The new unit is small but very capable. It delivers 255 hp and 273 pound-feet of twist. While the 3.0-liter powertrain sends power only to all wheels, a 2WD is the default configuration for the 2020 Mercedes GLE 350. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is optional.
Daimler is developing the new generation of plug-in hybrids for Mercedes SUVs. We already know the new GLC will use it. But, various sources are mentioning that the company is going to implement PHEV drivetrain into 2020 Mercedes GLE. Currently, the setup is good for 30 miles of range by using the electric motor only. Also, the system can achieve top speeds of 130 mph. The new one should improve everything. From the new generation, we expect more range, power, and better fuel economy.
2020 Mercedes GLE Redesign
The 2020 Mercedes GLE is all new. It is rounder than before. The new front fascia is eye-catching, mostly for its curved styling. Mercedes is implementing the new language there. While other companies are making thin lights, Mercedes-Benz will install slightly larger. The SUV is going to be longer than before. Extra 3 inches for a wheelbase will come handy for the interior.
Features and Capacity
As always, the German company never disappoints with upholstery quality. High-end materials are covering seats and dashboard. Distinctive details and accents are breathtaking. The long dashboard is all in LCD. A 12-inch control panel is paired with one more 12-inch screen. Together, these two are covering most of the dashboard. The new infotainment touchscreen display is the place where the magic happens. The MBUX system brings more options than ever. The center console is new, but it comes with some old-school design language. Linear buttons are the same as for the S-Class.
The new 2020 Mercedes GLE will offer a lot of small items storage spaces. It is all about details. For example, glovebox holds hidden perfume box. Well, you can remove it if you wish. The new layout will offer a lot of functions, and one of them is tailgate lowering. It will definitely improve the access to the storage space. With a longer wheelbase and foldable second row, you can create more room for cargo. The 2020 Mercedes GLE offers more space than its archrival BMW X5. A seven-seat layout is optional.
When Will 2020 Mercedes GLE Be Available?
Of course, there are a lot more details all around the new 2020 Mercedes GLE. The company unveiled almost everything. The last thing we want to know is the precise release date. Announced for spring, the SUV is yet to appear to dealerships. The mid-size luxury SUV will now cost more, thanks to the update. With a V6 engine, the price could reach $60,000. On the other hand, the company is making the GLE more affordable with a turbo-four unit. Well, we will see how this combination works. Before the launch, buyers are not too optimistic about it.