Full of glee

Motoring | C Hung 11 Sep 2019

The mercedes-benz gle was recently unveiled at the handsome Mercedes-Benz Brand Centre in Chai Wan. Two units of the new GLE450 4Matic were on display for the press and supporters of the brand.

Thanks to the completely updated front grille, front lamps and accentuated details, the new Mercedes-Benz SUV looks sleek and contemporary, and that's especially true of the one with AMG Line.

Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong president and CEO Frederik Gollob was in good spirits as he pointed out to his audience some of the new technologies deployed in the new GLE as well as the importance of the SUV model in the market for the brand.

Priced at HK$879,000 before a long list of options, initial market response to the GLE450 has been very encouraging.

According to Gollob, there have been more than 100 bookings before any customer had a chance to put their hands on this "tremendously elegant SUV."

The GLE has come a long way since its predecessor, the workhorse-like M-Class, was launched in 1997. The new vehicle rides on a sophisticated chassis, supported by the electrified and "fully-networked hydropneumatic, active suspension," the E-Active Body Control.

The peculiarity of the active suspension, which is optional, lies in the fact that for the first time in a production vehicle, the spring and damping forces of individual wheels can be independently controlled. This keeps any unwanted body movement - body roll, pitching and squat - in check.

But at HK$83,000 before tax, this first-ever feature is also easily the most expensive optional feature one can specify in the new GLE.

An optional seven-seat configuration is also available for the GLE for the first time ever, with the two rear seats adequately practical but incomparable to the other seats in the vehicle.

Compared to its predecessor, the new GLE features a longer wheelbase of 2,995 millimeters, or an increase of 80mm, allowing more space for rear passengers.

Tech-savvy clients will be impressed.

The dashboard and instrument panels have been thoroughly upgraded, featuring not only a pair of 12.3-inch screens as a standard feature but also a new multimedia system in the form of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which responds to voice control.

People who are more interested in the SUV's performance will be just as pleased to know the system comprises of a new three-liter turbocharged straight six-cylinder engine rated at 367ps and 500Nm respectively.

For short bursts of hard acceleration, the mild hybrid power unit, coined EQ Boost, provides additional 22ps and 250Nm.

The power and torque are delivered via a new nine-speed automatic transmission to the four driving wheels, in a system that now allows zero to 100 percent torque allocation between axles, according to the situation.

New GLE customers will start getting delivery of the vehicle this year.


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