Mercedes GLE: Elevating Luxury, Performance, and Utility


February 6, 2024

Words by: Tom Sedens

Advancing the legacy with new looks, power and technology

Since its 1997 introduction into the M-Class, the GLE (originally named the ML) was Mercedes-Benz’s first foray into luxury mid-size SUVs. It was a smashing success.    

Generations of updates later, the GLE’s exterior combines sculpted lines and bold proportions with style and sophistication. It is elegant and confident, with a slightly athletic, muscular stance. LED headlights flank the signature Mercedes-Benz grille, while out back, the shape of the rear window carries on the model’s styling tradition that has not changed over the years. 

The GLE’s cabin is a haven of luxury. Premium materials, including available exquisite finishes like hand-stitched leathers, real woods and genuine metal trims are crafted into a meticulously finished, spacious interior. Comfort and ample room for all the passengers is par for the course; the GLE excels as a commuter as well as it does a road-tripper. 

State-of-the-art technology is everywhere, from a full digital dash that allows the driver to customize what they want to see, to the huge centrally mounted touchscreen that provides an immersive and advanced experience while remaining quite user-friendly. Connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are seamlessly integrated, and the standard Burmester sound system will please even the most demanding audiophile.

It’s not all about comfort though. Performance-wise, the GLE offers a broad range of powertrains including a 255 horsepower, 4-cylinder, a 375 hp inline-6 cylinder, and even a plug-in hybrid. . If that is not enough for you, two fire-breathing AMG trims are available, ranging from 429 hp to a staggering 603 hp. The range of power and efficiency is impressive with something to suit every driver.

The driving experience is smooth, poised and composed. Shifts are imperceptible, acceleration is effortless, and the adaptive suspension ensures every bump and road imperfection is soaked up to provide a comfortable ride while remaining dynamic, sporty and responsive. 

Mercedes-Benz incorporates its cutting-edge technologies throughout the vehicle from passive safety to active and advanced driver-assistance features, all working in concert to contribute to safety and performance.

Any SUV needs to provide utility and versatility, and both are strong suits of the GLE line. Ample cargo space and adaptability make this an easy vehicle to live with. The rear seats fold in various ways; the combinations providing further flexibility for passengers and cargo.

The GLE will transition with ease from urban commutes to [long distance] travelling and even off-road adventures, thanks to various terrain driving modes and a towing capacity of up to 3,500 kg. 

In the highly competitive luxury SUV class, the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE stands tall, combining style and substance. Its aesthetic appeal is balanced with luxurious cabin space for every passenger, and with plenty of utility on tap, it ensures that this luxury SUV is not just a statement of style, but also a practical choice for families and adventurer seekers.

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