Four years ago, Mercedes introduced the GLE SUV. But that won’t stop the German carmaker to introduce the all-new generation of this model. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will arrive with enormous updates and changes. Whatsoever, the 2019 model is the model that will start the new generation. This model will arrive with a complete revamp, which includes the interior design. Even the changes under the hood are about to happen.
The exterior will get more chrome trims, new LED lighting system, longer wheelbase, and better aerodynamics. From the inside, Mercedes opt for a different approach with fewer buttons and more digital displays. The comfort is great and everything inside the cabin feels premium and luxurious. Under the hood, 2020 GLE will offer two turbo engines and a hybrid drivetrain. New Mercedes-Benz GLE will take on some tough competitors in the mid-size segment such as Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE updates are visible
The exterior of the upcoming 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will look very fresh and innovative. Plenty of updates are visible on the first look. We could say that German carmaker added some more SUV-like styling cues on its new model. The look is more robust and rugged, especially in front. The grille suffers an update and it looks more upright. The intake comes with a different shape and the headlights are available with the LED units. Also, those headlights are now more horizontal. The side profile didn’t suffer that much. Short overhangs and larger wheels are providing a brilliant look.
Wider C-pillar is also notable, however, that gorgeous character line is almost gone. The wheels are ranging from 19 to 22 inches. Roof rails are standard again, but the running boards are optional. The wheelbase is longer than before, about three inches long. The rear part offers new taillights that are now slimmer and wider. The rear reflectors are now sitting lower on the body and the rest of the rear will stay intact. Overall, more chrome materials are present and Mercedes says that the aerodynamics are the best one so far.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE interior is revamped
Just like the exterior, the interior of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will suffer a complete revamp. The interior will borrow plenty of styling cues from the Mercedes’ SUV lineup and sedan lineup. While not that unique, the cabin is practical, it looks sporty and it feels luxurious. The dash sports a beautiful design with plenty of new elements. The center console is smaller than before and the cabin sports fewer buttons. Instead of numerous buttons, digital screen controls are now operating most of the systems and features in the cabin.
The new steering wheel is very sporty and it comes with a flat bottom and three spokes. This SUV offers a great comfort. The use of upscale materials is great, the seats are very supportive and are sporting electric adjustments and memory functions. Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the room inside the cabin are improved, especially the rear passenger room. The third-row is optional but the standard configuration includes five seats across the two rows.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE powertrain options
Mercedes decides to give plenty of updates to each and every department. Under the hood of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE, some changes will happen as well. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder is producing 255 horses and 273 lb-ft of torque. The same engine is powering GLE 350 model. The optional unit is a larger 3.0-liter six-cylinder drivetrain taken from the GLE 450 4Matic. This engine delivers 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Both units are now available with the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic gearbox. The optional engine now offers an Integrated-Starter Generator that will save you some fuel.
Mercedes will also introduce an all-new hybrid system.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will utilize a 3.0-liter V6 with the single electric motor. This motor comes with a standard lithium-ion battery. Overall, this output will generate over 400 horses and up to 500 lb-ft of torque. Driving range will be over 50mpge, and the battery takes only a few hours to charge.
Tow rating will be another strong point as this 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE can tow up to 7,200 pounds. Of course, that means you’ll have to opt for an all-wheel-drive setup. The new adaptive suspension is in the offer, along with the numerous driving systems such as Adaptive Damping System. All these setups and modes will improve the overall off-roading experience, according to German carmaker. But seriously, who is taking this thing off the roads?
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE price and release date
The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE was presented this October at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. This SUV will arrive in the coming months and the U.S. markets will have to wait a couple of months more. The price of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE starts at around $53,000 for the base model. We are still waiting on the exact price details, so we don’t know the price of upper trims or hybrid variant.