2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Overview



More than twenty years ago, Mercedes-Benz made a bold statement with the GLE: SUVs can be as luxurious as they are versatile. That statement changed the SUV segment of the automotive industry forever. In 2018, the GLE SUV continues to set a standard for combining invulnerable performance capability with ultra-modern technology for comfort and safety.

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Uncompromising drivers who deserve the best. Thoughtful design that achieves the pinnacle in luxury and performance isn't just a special project for Mercedes-Benz engineers, it's a mantra. Mercedes-Benz ensures that every model in every year makes no compromises, just like you. This year's GLE SUV offers multiple powertrain options, increasing from powerful to unstoppable, with head-turning style and endless technology innovations, all starting at $52,200.*

Drive & Handling

The 2018 GLE SUV comes available in three models, all equipped with a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles. First, the base model GLE 350’s direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 produces as much as 302 hp, and its 273 lb-ft of torque is strong enough to tow up to 6,600 lbs. In addition, this light SUV achieves car-like fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 23 mpg highway and 18 mpg city.** Next up, the GLE 350 4MATIC® uses the same V6 to increase that towing capacity to an impressive 7,200 lbs with the help of the automaker’s 4MATIC® all-wheel drive system, achieving the same fuel efficiency as the base model in the city and losing only one mpg on the highway.**

For breakthrough fuel-efficient performance, eco-conscious drivers can choose the GLE 550e 4MATIC® Plug-in Hybrid. This model combines a precision-tuned 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine with a plug-in hybrid electric motor to produce a combined 436 horsepower. The EPA gives the 550e a 43-MPGe combined equivalent efficiency rating,** but this hybrid doesn’t sacrifice acceleration for efficiency; it can do 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds.

For those who want truly heart-pounding performance, the GLE also comes available in more powerful AMG® models. Starting with the AMG® GLE 43, this model features a handcrafted AMG®-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine capable of producing 385 hp and accelerating from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds when pared to an AMG®-enhanced 9G-Tronic 9-speed transmission. The AMG® GLE 63 S uses its monstrous handcrafted AMG® 5.5-liter V8 biturbo with AMG® SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC to produce an unstoppable 577 hp, allowing it to race from 0 to 60 in as little as 4.1 seconds. Now that’s fast.

Key Features

Hi-tech upgrades

The purchase of any new Mercedes-Benz comes complimentary with five years of mbrace® Connect services, connecting your smart phone or desktop computer with your GLE. This service provides remote controls for ignition, door locks, horn, and lights, as well as other features like roadside assistance, vehicle finder, dealer alerts, teen driver monitoring, local points of interest, and navigation help. Additional mbrace® packages are also available with live concierge assistance and entertainment streaming services.

To keep your passengers entertained, upgrade to the available Rear Seat Entertainment System's dual screens, multiple inputs, and wireless headsets and remotes, turning the back seat into a mobile theater, or opt for the legendary Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ system, the result of hundreds of hours of in-studio and on-the-road development.

Top-of-the-line safety

Mercedes-Benz has made it a mission to develop the world’s most sophisticated driving machines, which extends to the most cutting-edge safety features to protect you and your passengers. These features include industry standards like multiple-view cameras and laser-guided cruise control, but they also include first-of-its kind safety features like the available MAGIC VISION CONTROL, a windshield cleaning system that sprays cleaner directly from the wipers as they wipe instead of a large splash from sprayers on the hood that can impair the driver’s view. But that’s not all these wipers can do. The GLE also comes standard with rain-sensing windshield wipers that automatically adjust their speed based on the intensity of the rain hitting the glass.


Drivers who want to take their Mercedes-Benz luxury experience to the next level can opt for the AMG® line of trims. This can include small interior or exterior design additions to any GLE trim, such as bushed aluminum pedals, uniquely appointed leather seats, AMG® body styling, and 20- or 21-inch AMG® 5-spoke wheels. This can go even further with three dedicated AMG® trims that include performance enhancements in addition to design upgrades. For example, AMG® Sport Suspension uses pressurized air to improve maneuverability, while the AMG® DYNAMIC SELECT uses a rotary dial in the center console to easily adjust shifting, throttle response, exhaust sound, and suspension settings.

Alternative Options

If you love Mercedes-Benz luxury but want a smaller footprint, consider the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA, which straddles categories to offer an unusual and practical luxury car package. This “four-door coupe” is more stylish than a traditional sedan but offers a versatility (including a usable back seat) that regular coupes can only dream of.

However, if you're searching for the feel of a sedan in the package of a crossover, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA's exquisite interior, incredible engine, and stylish curves never fail to satisfy. Whether it's chewing up the miles on the open highway or hugging the corners on winding back roads, drivers can count on the GLA to deliver nothing less than excellence.

*Excludes all options, taxes, title registration, $995 transportation charge and dealer preparation fees.

** EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.

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