For the first time, the GLE will even get a third row of seats as an option
A week after the showcase of its first all-electric SUV, the EQC, Mercedes-Benz has now taken the wraps off the new generation of the GLE. Introduced in 1997 as the M-Class, Mercedes-Benz says that it has sold over 20 lakh units of the SUV (which was renamed the GLE in 2015) across the world. The new version will be showcased at the upcoming Paris Motor Show from October 4-14. For now, however, let’s take a look at the updates that the new-generation GLE packs.
Looks & Dynamics
The new-genMercedes-Benz GLE is seems bigger than the existing model. In fact, the wheelbase has increased by a whole 80mm. It’s also looks significantly different from the older model. The new GLE’s front-end looks more upright than the current model’s. The stretched-back headlamps of the current gen have been shown the door and the new ones appear more aggressive. The headlamps, which flank the new octagonal front grille, get MULTIBEAM technology which, Mercedes-Benz says, has a throw of more than 650 metres.
M-B claims that the GLE’s coefficient of drag of 0.29 is now the best in the segment. For perspective, the current GLEhas a drag coefficient of 0.34. The GLE does it with a whole lot of aero-improving kit on the outside. Importantly, Merc has managed to improve the drag coefficient despite making the A-pillar more upright than before.