Previously known as the ML-Class, the updated version adopted a new GLE nameplate and made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Not only did the model arrive wearing a new moniker, it also received a sleeker exterior styling, a slew of technological enhancements as well as a plug-in hybrid model for the first time ever. Now, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE is expected to carry over mostly unchanged compared to its predecessor. The only notable changes could come in the form of reshuffled equipment packages and minor interior tweaks.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Design
Compared to the ML-Class, the new GLE features a similar profile but adopts restyled front and rear fascias. Some of the most notable exterior changes include new LED headlights and taillights, reshaped fenders as well as redesigned alloy wheels. All of these alterations result in a more aggressive appearance and generally a more athletic stance.
Inside, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE boasts an upgraded version of the previous model’s interior design. The upcoming GLE will offer an infotainment system and new sports seats similar to those found in the latest C-, E- and S-Class. It also comes with a larger touchscreen mounted on a redesigned center stack that houses the COMMAND controller with a conveniently positioned touch-pad. Some of the new premium materials include wood trims, aluminum, carbon fiber and synthetic leather, with plenty of Piano Black accents. The list of standard equipment includes such amenities as the tilt/telescoping steering column, power driver seat as well as key-less ignition.
Rumor has it that the 2017 GLE400 might get a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. Other than that, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE will be offered with pretty much the same drivetrain found in the old ML-Class. The base GLE 300d 4Matic will be powered by a four-cylinder turbo diesel that produces 201 horsepower. As for the GLE 350 models, expect them to come with a 3.5-liter V6 generating 302 hp, while the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter unit delivers 329 hp. The performance-oriented AMG version comes with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 cranking out between 518 and 550 horsepower. Finally, the plug-in hybrid version uses the twin-turbo V6 paired with an electric motor that adds 114 horsepower. The system’s total output is estimated at 436 hp and 479 lb-ft, paired with a seven-speed Tronic Plus automatic transmission.
When it comes to the pricing notes, expect the entry-level GLE 350 to start at $51,000. Of course, the range-topping 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 S AMG will be priced much higher than that, somewhere around $107,000.