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Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed its second-generation GLE large SUV ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Paris motor show in October and its Aussie arrival in the first half of 2019.
Remaining faithful to the brand's latest design language, the new GLE features smoother body lines front-to-back, with a new grille and lighting signature dominating the look.
It's also 80mm longer in the wheelbase, which translates to increased interior space and an optional third row of seats, thanks to the new MHA architecture that underpins the SUV.
Globally, the new GLE will feature a wealth of updates for the new generation, headlined by a 48-volt 'EQ Boost' motor and a 270kW/500Nm six-cylinder petrol engine in the GLE450 4Matic.
The system provides an extra 16kW/250Nm over short periods, with the on-board power supply also helping with energy recuperation, and fuel conservation.
Furthermore, the electric system powers a new 'E-Active Body Control' system, which in Daimler language refers to a fully networked hydropneumatic active suspension set-up, which independently modulates the spring and damper settings at each wheel.
The vehicle is also equipped with the latest version of Benz's '4Matic' fully variable all-wheel drive system which can distribute torque between the front and rear axle from 0-100 per cent depending on drive mode.
An optional 'Offroad package' adds low- and high-range capability to the the AWD system, making it more capable in tough terrain.
The vehicle also gets an upgraded version of the 'Mercedes-Benz User Experience' (MBUX) multimedia system, now with larger screens and an optional 'Interior Assist' function which can recognise passenger arm and hand movements to control various features.
Adding to the GLE's strong suite of advanced driver assist systems, the new model gets 'Active Tailback Assist', 'Active Brake Assist with Turn-off function', as well as a full-colour head-up display.
Pricing is yet to be revealed, but for reference, the current GLE range starts at $86,900 plus on-roads in 250d diesel guise, ranging all the way up to $189,900 for the AMG-fettled 63 S.