Mercedes Benz GLE Class
(1st Gen)

1st Gen Mercedes Benz GLE Class Front Image
  • Model Year 2015 to 2020
  • Class Mid-size Luxury Crossover SUV
  • Layout Front-Engine, RWD
    Front-Engine, 4WD
  • Style 5-door Coupe
    5-door SUV
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Overview

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, formerly Mercedes-Benz M-Class, is an mid-size luxury Crossover SUV produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz since 1997. In terms of size, it is slotted in between the smaller GLC-Class and the larger GLS-Class, with which it shares platforms. For a short time, between 1999 and 2002, the M-Class was also built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, for the European market, before all the production moved to the U.S. plant near Vance, Alabama. From late 2012, the M-Class was also assembled at new plants in India and Indonesia. Since April 2015, the M-Class has been renamed to GLE-Class. Although grouped under the "M-Class" naming banner since the first launch, BMW, who sells M models such as the M3, objected to the car being badged "M" with the three-digit engine level afterwards. This forced Mercedes-Benz to defer to a double-tiered marketing strategy of "ML" badging under an M-Class umbrella. There has been some confusion surrounding this nomenclature, with many sources erroneously referring to the series as the "ML-Class", including Mercedes-Benz itself. From 2015, with the release of the facelifted W166 third generation model at the New York Auto Show in April, the M-Class was renamed to GLE-Class as per the revised nomenclature adopted by the brand. Under this scheme, SUVs use the base name "GL", followed by the model's placement in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The "G" is for Gelandewagen (German off land wagon for off-road vehicle) and alludes the long-running G-Wagen. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "E", the GLE being the SUV equivalent to the E-Class. The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a sport utility vehicle built by the German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. The GLE-Class name was used in 2015 for the facelifted Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the new five-door coupe derivative GLE-Class Coupe which was unveiled to the public in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show. As part of Mercedes-Benz's new naming strategy, the GLE-Class will define the SUV's positioning in the middle of its segment and between the future GLC and GLS-Classes, the same way the E-Class is positioned in relation to the C and S-Classes. The W166 facelift version was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. The GLE 500 e is the first plug-in hybrid in this model range, combining a 333 hp V6 engine with a 116 hp electric motor. The first 19 units were delivered in the American market in June 2016. The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe (C292) is the coupe version and is heavily related to the W166, sharing its platform, mechanicals and interior. The coupe was unveiled to the public in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show. The GLE Coupe will be built in Alabama with the future GLE-Class on which it is based. Sales are expected from the second half of 2015. The range is topped by the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S-Model, powered by a new 5.5-litre twin turbo V8 producing 585 bhp and 768 Nm of torque, making it one of the quickest of its type.


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