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Mercedes-Benz GLE 2019 pricing and specs confirmed

Is the GLE your choice of German SUV?

Mercedes-Benz Australia has launched the fourth-generation GLE SUV into local showrooms, which is priced from $99,900 plus on-road costs - undercutting its chief rival, the BMW X5, by more than ten grand.

The new GLE will be offered initially in three specifications in Australia: the $99,900 GLE300d, the $111,700 GLE450 and the $118,500 GLE400d. All prices are before on-road costs.

The GLE's interior features two 12.3-inch screens. The GLE's interior features two 12.3-inch screens.

Additional petrol models - including hi-po AMG 53 and 63s - will be launched in 2020. 

The GLE300d is powered by a 180kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, while the GLE450 uses a 270kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder petrol engine with a 48V mild hybrid system that can add an extra 16kW and 250Nm over short periods and the GLE400d uses a 243kW/700Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six diesel.

All models send their power to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.  

The GLE can be had with an optional third row, which includes electrically adjustable middle seats. The GLE can be had with an optional third row, which includes electrically adjustable middle seats.

Fuel economy figures are yet to be released, though the GLE300d sprints to 100km/h in a claimed 7.2 seconds, the GLE450 5.7 seconds and the GLE400d 5.8 seconds. 

Standard equipment includes the company’s MBUX multimedia system with dual 12.3-inch screens, LED lighting with adaptive high beam, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, 360-degree parking camera, colour head-up display, the company’s ‘Artico’ leatherette upholstery with heated front seats, DAB+ digital radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Safety kit is also strong with nine airbags, auto emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control with steering assist, lane change assist, blind-spot assist and ‘Pre-Safe Plus’, which is a predictive collision technology. 

The optional third row helps the GLE compete better with the X5 and Q7. The optional third row helps the GLE compete better with the X5 and Q7.

For the first time since the first-generation car to better compete with the BMW X5 and Audi Q7, a third row of seating is optionally available for $3900, which also includes an electrically adjustable second row. 

A range of optional packages is available including the AMG Sport Package ($9900 - an AMG bodykit, panoramic roof, wireless phone charging and leather upholstery), the Night Package ($4800 - black exterior accents), the Vision Package ($4200 - panoramic roof, wireless charging, 13-speaker Burmester sound system) and the Energising Package Plus ($6200 - multi-contour front seats with massaging, heated armrests, air fragrances).

The GLE is on sale now. The GLE is on sale now.

Mercedes-Benz GLE pricing (plus on-road costs): 

GLE300d$99,900
GLE450$111,700
GLE400d$118,500

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