Mercedes-Benz has revealed a refreshed version of its GLE SUV and GLE Coupé. These updated models will only be available with electrified powertrains, including a minor technical update for the plug-in hybrid, and will launch in July 2023.
The exterior, interior, technology, and equipment have been updated for the 2018 model generation. The engine range has been electrified, but the mild hybrids with 48-volt systems will not be covered in detail here as they don't allow for significant electric driving.
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The PHEV versions will be available with two combustion engines, a gasoline and a diesel, named the GLE 350 de 4MATIC and GLE 350 de 4MATIC Coupé, respectively, while the gasoline PHEV is sold as the GLE 400 e 4MATIC and GLE 400 e 4MATIC Coupé, respectively. Both now feature four-cylinder engines with a 2-liter displacement.
The electric part of the powertrain, a permanently excited synchronous machine with 100 kW output, is the same for each model. However, the interaction with the combustion engine has been optimized for increased performance, with the 350 de 4MATIC producing a system output of 245 kW (up from 235 kW) and the 400 e 4MATIC producing 280 kW, a 30 kW increase from before.
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The battery capacity remains at 31.2 kWh, but improved energy flow control has slightly increased the electric range to up to 109 kilometers according to WLTP.
The PHEV models now have a 11 kW charger for AC grid charging or wallbox charging and a 60-kW DC charger is available upon request. The GLE and GLE Coupé are produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, USA, alongside the EQS SUV and EQE SUV. Prices for the updated models have not been announced yet.