Mercedes-Benz announces new GLE 580

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

The GLE range is growing at Mercedes-Benz with the addition of an electrified V8, the GLE 580.

The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLE was launched at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris last October. This week, the German brand added a new engine to the SUV, an electrified V8.

First unveiled with the choice of two engines, a 2.0L inline-4 turbo and a 3.0L inline 6-cylinder turbo, GLE buyers will now have the choice of an electrified V8 biturbo too.

Dubbed the GLE 580, the V8-powered SUV will sit at the top of the lineup, above the GLE 350 and GLE 450. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which was introduced earlier this year in the Mercedes-Benz GLS, is pushing 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. To those figures, the EQ Boost can add, over short periods, an extra 21 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Knowing that Mercedes-AMG discontinued the V12 engine to replace them with hybrid V8s, could this new engine give us a glimpse of what’s coming?

Apart from the engine, the new Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 will come with the same amenities as the others GLEs. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) will be available, with “Hey Mercedes” functionality as well as a dual 12.3” digital instrument cluster and touchscreen display.

The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE should hit Canadian dealerships in spring 2019.

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