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News 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE First Look

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE First Look

We heard earlier this week that the new-generation 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE would be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, but we won’t have to wait until then to get a look at the new mid-size luxury SUV from Mercedes-Benz.

It was indeed unveiled in full a few days ago with a bold new exterior design and a completely redesigned interior. There’s also a new engine lineup and an optional third row to take advantage of the more spacious cabin. In other words, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is completely and thoroughly redesigned.

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE
New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Just in time too. Unveiled in 2011, the current GLE was still selling well, but with new Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and Cayenne models already on the market, and more importantly a new BMW X5 on the way, Mercedes-Benz couldn’t have gone on much longer with a luxury SUV that’s already seven years old.

A turbocharged engine standard on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE will be powered out of the gate by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That engine will power the 2020 GLE 350 while the GLE 450 gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 362 horsepower.

This engine will be equipped with EQ Boost technology which adds an electric motor between the transmission and engine in order to assist in a variety of ways and improve fuel economy.

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE
New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Expect standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Down the road we will see more powerful AMG versions.

Inside, there’s a fully digital instrument cluster paired with a center information display like in all new Mercedes-Benz models, and square vents like in the new G-Class. The MBUX infotainment system introduced in the new 2019 A-Class will come standard in the 2020 GLE.

Expect the new GLE to arrive in dealerships in the spring.

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