STATUS: Major updates for 2020 - Available as midsize utility vehicle or a gorgeous hatchback coupe, the GLE is on the receiving end of new sheet metal. The wagon also gains more than three inches between the front and rear wheels, which is enough for an available third-row seat. The GLE 350, in rear- and all-wheel-drive, comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 255 horsepower, a gain of 14 from the previous model. As with other M-B vehicles, the standard dual touch-screens show necessary dashboard and multimedia info without the use of buttons or rotary dials. The GLE 450 4Matic steps up with 362-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder and it gets E-Active Body Control. Using a 48-volt electrical system (called EQ Boost), it constantly adjusts the four dampers (shock absorbers) for a smoother ride and reduced body lean during cornering. Under hard braking, it also keeps the nose of the vehicle from diving. The EQ Boost motor/generator also runs the various ancillary components (instead of a traditional belt drive doing the job) as well as the available air suspension. EQ Boost contributes 21 of the 362 horsepower. Lastly, the GLE 580 4Matic wagon combines a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with EQ Boost to produce 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Base price (incl. destination): $57,200
Types: Midsize utility vehicle/coupe
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (255); 3.0-liter I-6, turbocharged (362); 4.0-liter V-8, turbocharged (483)
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /four-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 18/23/20 (GLE 350, FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 4,700