Mercedes-Benz
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Brandon Turkus
Automotive Editor - July 20, 2017

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class OVERVIEW

One of Mercedes-Benz’s most popular models, the GLE-Class is available in a huge array of powertrain configurations ranging from a modest, naturally-aspirated V6 to a thundering, 577-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8. There are also two separate body styles – a traditional two-box crossover SUV and a svelte, high-riding four-door coupe.

What's New for 2017

Changes are simple for 2017. The biggest upgrades are the addition of 4G LTE wifi connectivity and a standard rear-view camera. Mercedes also shuffled the option packages for the GLE-Class Coupe.

Mercedes-Benz GLE350

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Owners can choose from V6 or V8 engines, although 4Matic all-wheel drive is the only way to fly on all but the most basic GLE-Class models. The Coupe model, unsurprisingly, leans more towards performance and is only available in AMG trims.

While the GLE-Class is a versatile vehicle, it’s also aging. Newer vehicles from BMW, Volvo, and Audi bring more advanced driver assistance systems, more evolved styling, and improved materials. That said, the GLE-Class does offer a healthy array of standard and optional equipment, with the latter arriving via Mercedes’ traditional Premium Packages – there are three, each building on the other.

Desirable standalone features include massaging, ventilated front seats, an extremely pricey ($5,800) Bang and Olufsen stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, and an AMG exterior styling package.

GLE350

The only way to score rear-wheel drive, most GLE350s at dealers will still carry 4Matic all-wheel drive. Regardless of where the power goes, all GLE350s use a 3.5-liter V6 and produce 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is the only available gearbox.

Rear-drive models return an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon, 23 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined. Moving to 4Matic all-wheel-drive drops the highway figure to 22 mpg and the combined rating to 19 mpg, while the city figure is identical.

Prices for the GLE350 start at $52,925 (including a $925 destination charge) for the rear-drive model and $55,425 for the GLE350 4Matic.

GLE400

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, the GLE400 delivers a more sprightly driving experience, with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. While the GLE350 uses a seven-speed automatic, the more advanced, force-induced engine comes equipped with Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic.

The turbocharger and thriftier transmission allow the all-wheel-drive-only GLE400 to match the rear-drive GLE350’s fuel economy, at 18 city, 23 highway, and 20 combined.

That said, the efficient and powerful GLE400 costs quite a bit more than the GLE350 – prices start at $66,575.

GLE550e

A challenger for the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the GLE550e is a plug-in hybrid that delivers plenty of power and 19 miles of all-electric driving range via a battery that can recharge in two hours on a 240-volt plug. Drivers can expect 436 hp and 479 lb-ft from the combined gas-electric powertrain – a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 and an electric motor. A seven-speed automatic sends power to a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

Full charged, the GLE550e returns an EPA-estimated 39 mpge in the city, 50 mpge on the highway, and 43 mpge combined. In standard hybrid mode, though, those figures fall to 20 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.

Prices for the GLE550e start at $67,225, not including a $4,085 federal tax credit.

GLE43 AMG

Available in a standard body style or as the base of the GLE-Class Coupe line, the GLE43 AMG follows a similar formula to other 43-series AMG models. Look for a sporty 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 with 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic with AMG fettling helps the GLE43 scoot to 60 in 5.6 seconds, regardless of body style.

Regardless of body style, the GLE43 AMG returns 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined.

Prices start at $68,075 for the standard GLE43 AMG while the Coupe model asks for $70,575.

GLE63 AMG

Like Mercedes’ other 63-series AMG models, the GLE63 is available as a base trim and an even more powerful S variant, except on the Coupe, which is only available in the more potent guise. That means power outputs of 550 hp and 516 lb-ft or up to 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. The modest power differences yield similar zero-to-60-mph times of 4.2 seconds for the 550-hp model and 4.1 seconds for the 577-hp variant (although the latter has a higher, electronically limited top speed of 174 mph).

Fuel economy sits at 13 mpg in the city, 17 mpg on the highway, and 15 mpg combined for both versions of the standard body style, while the GLE63 S Coupe’s more aerodynamic body yields an EPA-estimated 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, with an identical combined rating.

Prices for the GLE63 AMG start at $102,615 for the non-S with the standard body, $109,765 for the S variant, and $111,575 for the S Coupe.

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