2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Release Date and News

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class side view, auto show, headlights and alloy wheels

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class side view, white color, alloy wheels

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class rear view, blue color, exterior, alloy wheels and taillights

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob and dashboard

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class trunk, cargo space

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 400 engine

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 63s engine

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.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Release Date, News & Specs

Powerful, spacious, and solidly built, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is among the best three-row crossover SUVs in the market. And strong brakes, fuel-sipping diesel V6, spacious room for seven people, serene and classy interior, and an authoritative power add the icing to the cake. Its date of release is rumored to be in July 2017.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class front angle, headlights and grille

The underlying factors that propel any vehicle to the top of the league lie in the special details it pays close attention to. For a very long time now, Mercedes has been steadfast in offering these distinct tidbits, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is the absolute proof. For starters, the GL-Class is the company’s largest and most versatile SUV.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class side angle, red color, alloy wheels

Ever since this vehicle got a redesign a while back, its competitors have been scrambling to keep up by constantly updating and refreshing their vehicles, but nothing seems to shake the authoritative GL-Class. Although it is quite obvious the class has affordable vehicles than the GL-Class, the vehicle is undoubtedly a monopoly when it comes to almost all features that constitute utility, performance, and luxury.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class rear view, silver color, taillights, tailpipe

To start off, the GL-Class offers a standard all-wheel-drive system and plenty of ground clearance. These two features alone offer adventurous savvy buyers no other choice. Interior wise, the vehicle comes with class-topping safety and technology features. After all folks, this is a Mercedes luxury vehicle we are talking about. Throw in muscular and fuel-efficient V6 and V8 engines and you’ve got yourself a head-turner. Very few vehicles can offer this much functionality and luxury in a single package.

The GL-Class still faces some competition nevertheless. Some of the bogeys include the 2017 Infiniti QX80, the 2017 Land Rover LR4, and the 2017 Lexus LX 570.

Available Trims – Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL63 exterior, headlights, alloy wheels

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class will be available in four trims: GL350 Bluetec, GL450, GL550, and the performance behemoth – GL63 ALG.

Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Both the GL350 Bluetec and the GL450 trims come fitted with a sunroof, automatic climate control power rear quarter-windows, automatic headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED running headlights and taillights, automatic climate control, a self-leveling air suspension system, rear privacy glass, and a power liftgate.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class steering wheel, lcd screen, leather seats, dashboard

Interior wise, you get “MB-Tex” premium vinyl control, a power-folding third-row seat, genuine wood trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated eight-way power front seats, automatic climate control, genuine wood trim, a rear cargo area cover, and a steering leather-wrapped wheel.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class interior, A pair of big, crisp screens behind each front head

Electronic features include Mercedes mbrace2 emergency communications, a 7-inch central display, an auxiliary audio jack, a 115-V household style power outlet, a rearview camera, knob-based COMAND interface, an SD card reader, CD/DVD player, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a USB port.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class trunk

The optional Premium package available for the two trims include a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, power-folding exterior mirrors, multi-color ambient lighting, power front head restraints, satellite and HD radio, 10GB digital music interface, a navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated and cooled cupholders, passenger and driver memory settings, keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio, voice controls, real-time traffic, and lighted door sills.

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The GL550 offers everything above plus different wood trim, 21” alloy wheels, unique dashboard stitching, exterior styling cues, adaptive suspension dampers, and soft-close doors.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class side view, alloy wheels

At the pinnacle of the trim ladder is the GL63 AMG trim which starts with most of the items above and adds an adaptive stabilizer bar, exclusive 21” alloy wheels, enhanced bolstering, a sport-tuned suspension system, a more powerful V8 engine, upgraded “designo” leather upholstery, a sport exhaust, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Engine Specs

Starting off the engine lineup is a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine rated at 240 horsepower and 455 lbs. ft. of torque. The AWD system is standard across the entire trim lineup, as is the seven-speed automatic transmission system. Its fuel economy ratings stand at 19/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Opting for the GL450 SUV brings with it a 3.0L gasoline-fueled turbocharged V6 good for 362 hp and 369 lbs. ft. of torque. According to Mercedes, it will only take 6.6 seconds for the GL450 to reach 60 mph.2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class engine

Next up is the GL550 4Matic SUV which offers a turbocharged 4.6L V8 rated at 429 horsepower ad 516 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA estimates its fuel economy ratings to be 13/18/15 mpg.

Finally, the GL63 AMG comes equipped with a fuel-thirsty but powerful 5.5L twin turbocharged V8 good for 550 hp and 560 lbs. ft. of torque. 4.8 seconds is the time you need to saunter from 0-60 mph with this model.

When fully loaded, all models here can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.

Price & 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Release Date

Its date of release is rumored to be in July 2017. As for its price, the GL-Class SUV will cost you an MSRP starting from $63,600, the GL-Class GL63 AMG -$119,450, and $63,600 for the GL-Class Diesel model. In this PDF file you can find a lot of interesting details about the car.

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Open Your Mercedes Without a Key

In the thunderstorm of new gadgets and devices we get almost every day, the well known automobile manufacturer has one that will change the way you care about your phone, or your SIM card.

Almost anything can be done with your phone. We use it for messaging and calls (sms, email, Skype, Viber), as a paying tool (virtual bank), camera, newspapers, video player, mp3 player etc. But we have never used it for opening our cars. Mercedes has that in plan… At least for their new E class.

The thing is, you won’t need any keys. The actual key for your car will be your SIM card. It will use the same technology we use to make cashless mobile payments. But it won’t use your current SIM, but some new generation super secure SIM cards.

Why are they using your SIM and not some app?

For security measures, because you cannot hack the SIM card without taking it out of the phone, which means that someone needs to steal your phone first; If your phone battery is dead, it doesn’t matter, because it only needs the signal out of your SIM etc.

It’s only complicating things for most of us. Why do we need to get rid of keys? I don’t see any purpose in that. It’s a cool thing when you only need to step close to your car and it immediately recognize you and opens the car. But mobile phone, acting as a key is not my cup of tea.

Something wrong about it?

There are plenty of things which can go wrong, the first one is that you don’t only lose your phone if someone steals it, but you can potentially lose your car too. The second one is that it won’t act like a remote key, but as a regular key which you have to get closer to the door knob.

All those negative things are overwhelming, and it doesn’t look like a good idea at all. One part of me is for the new experiences and the advancement of technology but the other part is saying that, even if I had an option for using my phone as a key for my car, I would choose not to use it, and would demand the pair of good old regular keys. Maybe that way of thinking is bad, and yeah, people thought that remote locking/ unlocking is not safe because of all those signal interception devices, but I have never had any bad experience with it.

Maybe we are not yet tired of phones and electronics stealing our lives. Maybe this will not be too much. In the end, Mercedes was the one manufacturer which experimented with the credit card keys on the W220 S-class twenty years ago.

It is coming with the new Mercedes E-class.