The new name for the heavily updated M-Class is now the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Its broad appeal and comfortable cabin are certainly among the best in the segment, but it lacks any superiority when it comes to any one area. Its date of release should be expected in September 2017.
Some of its strengths include a broad range of engine choices, a long list of standard technology and safety features, serene, well-built and upscale interior appointment, and spacious backseat.
The new GLE-Class boast of substantial changes and updates and not just the name change that comes with it. Color combinations, freshened interior styling, new front and rear fascias are just some of the wealth the changes the vehicle boast of inside and out.
If it is power you are looking for, the vehicle comes with a variety of powertrains that offer anything from just a people-mover to an incredible high-performance SUV.
Interior wise, the technology galore is simply amazing ranging from handling enhancements to the safety-oriented details.
Some of the downsides to owning a Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class for 2017 include an inadequate base V6 engine, a floaty ride with standard suspension, and a lazy handling. Apart from those, there is barely anything else keeping you from owning it. But for those who’d want to look around first, these are some of the alternatives you should look for. They include the 2017 Volvo XC90, the 2017 Lexus RX 350 coupe, the 2017 Land Rover LR4, and the desirable 2017 BMW X5.
Nevertheless, if you are looking for prestige, comfort, and a well-appointed interior, the Mercedes is always the best choice and in this case we are referring to the GLE-Class.
Available Trims – Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
The five-passenger 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is available in a whopping six trims: GLE300d, GLE350, GLE400, AMG GLE63, and the top-of-the-range AMG GLE63 S model. Offered in a separate review is the GLE550e plug-in Hybrid.
Interior Changes & Exterior Colors – 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
The base GLE300d comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, a sunroof, a rear privacy glass, heated front seats, power-folding mirrors, adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic climate control, a power liftgate, wood trim, power folding mirrors, front and rear foglights, driver memory functions, a USB port, an eight-speaker sound system, HD and satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
The only difference between the base GLE300d and the GLE350 is the latter’s 19” wheels.
Optional for the two trims includes a blind-spot monitor, a rear 115-V household style power outlet, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, lane-departure warning system, satellite radio, and a navigation system.
The GLE400 gets cooled and heated cupholders, 20-inch wheels, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated front seats, a turbocharged engine, unique body styling tweaks, multicolor ambient lighting, power lumbar support, and a leather upholstery.
The Parking Assist package gets you adaptive LED headlights, automated parallel parking feature, automatic high beam control, and a 360-degree camera.
The AMG GLE63 ups the stakes with aluminum shift pedals and paddles, a sport exhaust, special leather upholstery, an AMG-tuned adaptive air suspension, 20-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, and the Lighting and Parking Assist packages.
The top-of-the-line AMG GLE63 S trim brings with it a suede headliner, 21” wheels, a more powerful turbocharged V8 engine, unique upholstery, and a carbon-fiber engine cover.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Engine Specs
Six engines are offered for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and all of which come mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission system. Except for the GLE350, all the rest come with the all-wheel-drive (4Matic) drive mode.
The GLE300d offers a 2.1L diesel turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 201 hp and 369 lbs. ft. of torque. It gets an impressive rating of 22/29/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and, according to Mercedes zooms to 60 mph in a dreary 8.9 seconds.
Next up, the GLE350 brings with it a gasoline-powered 3.5L V6 engine good for 302 hp and 273 lbs. ft. of torque. Fuel economy number as per EPA stand at 18/24/20 mpg with the rear wheel drive and 17/22/19 mpg with the 4Matic.
Inspiring the GLE400 is a 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine rated at 329 horsepower and 354 lbs. ft. of torque. Preliminary reports indicate the vehicle will achieve 18/22/20 mpg with an AWD.
The GLE63 ups the ante with its 5.5L turbocharged V8 engine that generates 551 horsepower and 516 lbs. ft. of torque. An improved version of the same engine comes under the hood of the AMG GLE63 S trim and cranks out a whopping 577 hp and 561 lbs. ft. of torque.
When properly equipped, the RWD GLE300d can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 6,600 pounds, and 7,200 pounds with the 450 AMG 4Matic SUV and the rest.
Price & 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Release Date
An MSRP starting from $51,100 is what will cost you to own a GLE-Class SUV. As for its date of release, the vehicle is rumored to be available in September 2017.