Mercedes has given the sporty off‑road ML a face lift, and renamed it the GLE. It will also be available as a plug‑in hybrid, and it will be available to the first buyers in September.

The difference between the revamped crossover and its successful predecessor is particularly seen in the crossover's complete LED illumination and redesigned engine mask, bumper and engine cover, as well as the changed lights, bumpers and exhaust pipes in the rear section. The interior features a new steering wheel, a larger stand‑alone display and the Command infotainment system, which can be managed by a touch pad. We should also mention the type of safety and assistance systems, including a new parking assistant with a 360‑degree view of the surroundings through four video cameras.

A particular stand‑out is the new hybrid GLE 500e 4Matic, powered by a 245 kW V6 engine and an 85 kW electric motor which, together, produce 350 kW of system output and 650 Nm of system torque. Fuel consumption amounts to 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers, and 78 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer are emitted into the air. Electricity from a lithium‑ion battery, with a capacity of 8.8 kWh, enables a 30‑kilometer all‑electric trip, with an electric top speed of 130 km/h.

May 10, 2015 Driving

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