The GLE350 is the only model that’s offered with rear-wheel drive and is priced at $53,195, including the $995 destination fee. A GLE350 4Matic is available, but is a little more expensive at $55,695. Both of the trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 302 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. The SUV features a seven-speed automatic transmission and will return 18 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Standard features include 19-inch five-spoke wheels, aluminum roof rails, a leather steering wheel, side-mirror puddle lights that feature the Mercedes-Benz logo, Eucalyptus wood trim, rain-sensing windshield wipers, push-button start, a rearview camera, Active Brake Assist, Crosswind Assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power liftgate, power driver’s seat with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt and sliding sunroof, an eight-inch high-resolution color screen, and more.
Available packages on the GLE350, and the rest of the GLE-Class include the Parking Assist Package ($1,290) that adds a surround-view camera and an automatic parking assist, which is a system that helps drivers get into and out of difficult parking spots. The Premium 1 Package ($3,050) brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, push-button start, navigation map updates for three years, SiriusXM Radio, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, a Harman/Kardon surround audio system, a 115-volt power outlet, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment and navigation system, and a touchpad controller.
Adding the Night Package ($3,200) brings an AMG body kit, gloss black exterior accents and 20-inch black AMG wheels to the SUV. The AMG Line Exterior Package costs $2,900 and includes its own set of 20-inch wheels and the same AMG styling. The AMG Line Interior package ($350) incorporates brushed aluminum pedals, sport front seats, and sport interior appointments.
The Premium 2 Package ($5,340) adds everything from the Premium 1 Package in addition to rear center-armrest pass-through, active LED headlights, rear window sunshades, heated and cooled front cupholders, illuminated front door sills, automatic high beams, and multicolor ambient lighting. The Premium 3 Package ($8,230) combines the first two Premium Packages and adds lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, and the Pre-Safe Plus rear-end collision protection system.