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.
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.