Just like other mid-size crossovers from renowned automakers this 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class is loaded with amazing luxuries and strong performance. For that reason, if you are looking for the mid-size crossover built with the attractive cabin, unsurpassed build quality coupled with luxury then this model is your best choice. The safety features are also enormous to ensure safety to all users. A broad range of powertrains also gives you a chance to get the performance you need.
There won’t actually be substantial changes for the 2018 model. The model features some revisions in standard package group. It is also possible that it will add a new diesel option in the later phase of the model year.
2018 Mercedes GLE-Class: Exterior Features
The out parts of this vehicle are built with enticing features starting from the front facial to the rear end. The front facial comes with well shaped front bumper, grille, large air intake, and perfectly designed front headlights with LED technology. Side body design is more conventional with old-style roof line while sharp sculpting on the door panels improves visual impression.
The interior design obviously has its roots back from the models with old naming convention but brand’s excellent build quality is obvious. The quality of materials is excellent as well as comfort of passengers. The model is available with multi-contour seats which provide excellent body support and come with high-level of adjustability.
The rear seats can be folded down and they open flat floor area for the cargo. The maximum cargo capacity is 80.3 cu ft. Behind the rear seats, available cargo capacity is 38.2 cu ft.
The 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class model comes in five versions. Available are GLE350, GLE400, GLE550e, and two performance versions AMG GLE63 and AMG GLE63 S.
The first version includes telescopic-and –tilt steering wheel, heated and power adjustable front seats, dual zone climate control, driver memory setting, MB-Tex premium upholstery, etc. Some other features are 19-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, 8-way power front seats, an 8-inch display COMAND interface, HD radio, USB port, 8-speaker sound system, etc.
There are also three Premium packages which add features like smartphone integration, a 14-speaker sound system, satellite radio, keyless entry and ignition, additional safety features, LED headlights and so on.
Available is also exterior sport package which improves with 20-inch wheels and AMG kit upgrades.
The GLE400 version has mentioned packages, upgraded engine, leather upholstery, and some off-road oriented options.
The GLE550e features plug-in hybrid powertrain and unique interior.
Two top trims include turbocharged V-8 engines and also add adaptive suspension, ventilated seats, upgraded upholstery, unique inserts, etc.
The safety technology covers systems like blind-zone monitoring, blind-zone intervention, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, etc.
2018 Mercedes GLE-Class: Engine options
For the power option, the upcoming 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class is coming with four different powertrains. The rear-wheel drive is only available on the base trim while other versions are coming with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
The base GLE350 version includes a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and seven-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces 302 hp and torque of 273 pound-feet. The average fuel economy is around 19 mpg.
The next level of power comes with the 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine in the GLE400 model. This engine is good for 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It works together with the nine-speed automatic and the fuel economy is 20 mpg combined.
The plug-in hybrid version combines the 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine and seven-speed gearbox with an 114-hp electric motor. The total output of this system is 436 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The model can cover around 18 miles on all electric power or 21 mpg in the hybrid mode. When the model starts with a full battery it can return 43 mpg.
Two top trims come with a 5.5-liter turbo V-8 engine. Under the hood of the AMG GLE63, this engine can deliver 550 hp and peak torque of 516 lb-ft. On the other hand, the AMG GLE63 S version drains from this engine 577 hp and torque of 561 lb-ft.
2018 Mercedes GLE-Class: Price
The price range of the 2018 Mercedes GLE-Class will start from around $51, 000. However, the top-spec version will be above $100, 000.