- Mercedes is updating the GLE-class and AMG GLE lineups for 2024 with fresh looks and a hybrid system.
- A new plug-in-hybrid named the GLE400e 4Matic joins the lineup with a permanently excited 134-hp synchronous motor, while the rest of the lineup gets a 48-volt hybrid system.
- The GLE AMG duo gets its own suite of changes, including updated styling, while adding standard features and options.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE-class and AMG GLE lineups are gearing up for a mid-cycle update, with significant revisions to the powertrain and a new hybrid player in the lineup. Mercedes also updated interior and exterior styling, while adding standard features and options for the AMG GLE versions.
The whole lineup is now electrified, with most models gaining a 48-volt hybrid system and integrated starter-generator. Peak output remains unchanged, with the V-8 AMG GLE63 S producing the highest output at 603 hp, and the four-cylinder GLE350 making the least, at 255. The standard GLE-class sees the addition of the GLE400e 4Matic plug-in hybrid model, which adds a permanently excited 134-hp synchronous motor to work in conjunction with the standard turbo-four gas engine to produce a combined 381 horsepower. The GLE400e 4Matic available with a standard 11 kW AC onboard charger as well as an optional 60 kW DC charger.
Visual changes are kept to a minimum for the new model. Chrome inserts were added in a few places up front to try and increase road presence, while both the headlights and taillights were restyled. The front fascia on the GLE53 is redesigned with “expressively shaped” side air intakes in an inspired jet-wing design, according to the manufacturer. The AMG badge is displayed in place of the standard Mercedes-Benz logo that normally adorns the hood. Paint options expanded to include Twilight Blue Metallic and Manufaktur Alpine Grey, with the AMG lineup adding new upholstery options as well.
Standard features are updated for the AMG lineup. The AMG Performance exhaust system, MBUX Augmented Reality for Navigation, memory package, parking assistance package, heated and ventilated front seats, and AMG Performance Steering wheel are all newly standard for 2024.
In an attempt to lean in to the off-road capability of the GLE, the GLE580 is getting a new off-road package. The package includes protection for the underbelly of the SUV, and adds 1.2 inches of ground clearance over the standard model. A new “Off-Road” mode is added to the interface, giving access to a virtual view under the front of the vehicle, including the front wheels and steering position. New trailer technology is also being added, allowing drivers to input and save trailer dimensions to the system. A new trailer assistant regulates steering angle and speed to help drivers reverse up to 90 degrees with a trailer attached.
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