New York 2015 Preview: Mercedes-Benz refreshes the GLE

New York 2015 Preview: Mercedes-Benz refreshes the GLE image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes-Benz Press | posted March 26, 2015 11:23

Mercedes-Benz to introduce the updated GLE at the New York Auto Show next week

Mercedes-Benz has just released photos of the updated 2016 GLE crossover which is set to have its global reveal at this year's New York Auto Show. Formerly called the M-Class after the company's recent restructuring of their automotive nomenclature, the 2016 GLE will have an updated exterior and an assortment of gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains.

Design-wise, the updated GLE still resembles the pre-facelift version apart from some subtle changes which include revised headlights and grill design, LED taillights and what the automaker calls a 'sportier' exhaust system.

The GLE's rear

AMG variants on the other hand will have a more aggressive look as each model will have a sport front bumper, a single-bar grill, a rear diffuser with a quad exhaust system and 20-inch AMG alloy wheels wrapped in 265/45/R20 tires.

The interior of the GLE

The interior largely carries over but the center media display has now been partially integrated onto the instrument panel according to Mercedes-Benz. Trims of silver and and hi-gloss black spruce up the cabin while an array of interior colors like ginger beige, espresso brown, saddle brown and porcelain are available for selection. AMG spec models on the other hand have the option of decorating their GLEs with carbon-fiber trim.

A variety of engines will be available on the standard GLE which consist of two gasoline-fed units, two diesel-driven motors and a hybrid powertrain. On the gasoline side, we have the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that cranks out 333 PS with 480 Nm of torque and the 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 that generates 453 PS with 700 Nm of torque. Over to diesel there is the 2.1-liter turbocharged inline-four which develops 204 PS with 480 Nm of torque and the larger 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 258 PS with 620 Nm of torque.

The GLE 63 AMG

The hybrid unit on the other hand is powered by a 3.0-liter BlueDIRECT V6 engine paired with a 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery integrated electric motor and a 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox. It has a combined system output of 442 PS and 650 Nm of torque, has a 30 km electric range with a top speed of 130 km/h and averages 30.3 km/l.

The first of the AMG powered GLEs is 63 AMG model that is driven by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that churns out 557 PS and 700 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h. Even more powerful is the 63 AMG S that also uses the 5.5-liter twin-turbo powerplant but produces 585 PS with 760 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.

Both standard and AMG models are mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.