The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE is due in SA imminently and we have pricing for this luxury SUV.
From launch, there'll be just 3 engine options available and all feature the 9G-Tronic gearbox and all-wheel drive. First up we have the GLE 300d which boasts 180 kW and 500 Nm from a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Mercedes-Benz claims a fuel economy figure of 6.1-6.2 L /100 km for this model.
The next model in the range is the GLE 400d, which has 243 kW and 700 Nm from its 3.0 turbodiesel mill. In terms of economy, Mercedes-Benz claims returns of 7.0-7.5 L/100 km.
For those wanting some petrol-powered goodness in their life, Mercedes-Benz is offering the GLE 450. It features a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 petrol engine with the new EQ Boost function, comprising of a 48-volt integrated starter generator. Mounted within the forward section of the gearbox, it uses energy from a lithium-ion battery to provide an added 16 kW and generous 250 Nm of torque under acceleration in a mild hybrid process that is not only claimed to enhance performance but overall economy, too. Total power is rated at 270 kW and 500 Nm.
With the arrival of the new fourth-generation model, the GLE has taken on a clearly more up-market role in the Mercedes-Benz line-up, offering greater space, markedly higher levels of refinement and a range of standard features not even available in the German car maker's upper luxury models. With revisions to the Audi Q7 due soon and an all-new BMW X5 having just landed in SA, it looks like 2019 will be the year where the battle of best big luxury SUV will take place. Mercedes-Benz claims a fuel consumption figure of 8.3-9.4 L/100 km.
We'll have final specification at the vehicle's launch later this year.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Price in South Africa (February 2019)
Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d R1 210 500
Mercedes-Benz GLE 400d R1 351 200
Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 R1 329 400