Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de 4MATIC: The next jump in operating range

Modern luxury both on and off the road: this is the design message of the new GLE, already communicated by its proportions with a long wheelbase, short overhangs and large, flush fitted wheels. The plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de 4MATIC (weighted fuel consumption 1.1 l/100 km, weighted CO2 emissions 29 g/km, weighted power consumption 25.4 kWh/100 km)[1] also has fully-variable all-wheel drive (torque on demand). This makes the GLE even more agile and safe on the road. However, the real forte of this large SUV is its electric range: Thanks to a battery with a 31.2 kWh capacity, it is capable of over 100 kilometres (NEDC) with a corresponding driving style. Its state-of-the-art four-cylinder diesel engine is also highly efficient.

The considerably longer range of the GLE 350 de 4MATIC points the way to an even more rewarding e-driving experience. A special rear end design and a modified rear axle create space for the large battery. There is no step in the luggage compartment, the capacity of which is still generous at up to 1915 litres. The proportion of electric driving is not only increased by the long range, but also by rapid recharging en route. To this end the SUV has a combined charging socket for AC and DC charging. It is located in the left side wall, symmetrical with the fuel flap on the right side of the vehicle. At corresponding DC charging stations, the battery can be charged in approx. 20 minutes (10-80 percent state of charge (SoC)) or in approx. 30 minutes (10-100 percent SoC).

As the largest member of the EQ Power family, it particularly benefits from cutting-edge technology. This also includes the high potential made possible by recuperation at all four wheels, with a maximum recuperation torque of 1800 Nm. In this mode, most driving situations can be controlled merely by accelerator action. The towing capacity of up to 3500 kg is the best in this segment. Trailer Manoeuvring Assist makes manoeuvring with a trailer easy even for the inexperienced. It controls the steering angle of the towing vehicle automatically. Key data:

  • Electric operating range of 106 km (NEDC)
  • Electric output 100 kW
  • System output 235 kW/320 hp
  • System torque 700 Nm
  • Top speed of up to 160 km/h (electric)/210 km/h (overall)
  • Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds

Further highlights of the GLE 350 de 4MATIC:

  • The range of over 100 km (NEDC) sets the standard for plug-in hybrids
  • The GLE is supremely quiet and smooth-running. Its quiet, vibration-free running is currently best-in-class, and it even betters this in electric mode.
  • The long wheelbase of almost three metres (2995 mm) especially benefits rear seat passengers, who have generous legroom. This is where the new GLE also has a first in the SUV market to offer as an option: a fully adjustable second seat row.
  • The new GLE has marked the debut of the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems. The level of active safety has not only been improved further compared with the preceding model - Some Intelligent Drive functions, such as Active Stop-and-Go Assist, are also without parallel beyond the SUV segment.
  • With Cd values starting from 0.29, the new GLE has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV in the market, and this contributes to the long operating range.

[1] The stated figures are the measured "NEDC CO2 figures" in accordance with Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. The range and the electrical consumption have been determined on the basis of Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. A different value is applied in accordance with EmoG. A higher figure may apply as the basis for calculating the motor vehicle tax.

The data at a glance

 

GLE 350 de 4MATIC

Number of cylinders/arrangement

4/in-line

Displacement (cc)

1950

Rated output of diesel engine (kW/hp at rpm)

143/194 at 3800

Rated torque of diesel engine (Nm at rpm)

400 at 1600-2800

Electric motor rated output (kW)

100

Electric motor rated torque (Nm)

440

System output (kW/hp)

235/320

System torque (Nm)

700

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)

6.8

Top speed (km/h)[2]

210

Top speed, electric (km/h)

up to 160

Fuel consumption, weighted (l/100 km)[3]

1.1

CO2 emissions, weighted (g/km)3

29

Total battery capacity (kWh)

31.2

Weighted power consumption (kWh/100 km)3

25.4

NEDC electric range (km)

106

WLTP electric range (km)[4]

90-99

[2] Electronically governed 
[3] The stated figures are the measured "NEDC CO2 figures" in accordance with Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. The range and the electrical consumption have been determined on the basis of Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. A different value is applied in accordance with EmoG. A higher figure may apply as the basis for calculating the motor vehicle tax. 
[4] AER combined. All-electric range: All-electric range with fully charged battery until the combustion engine starts for the first time.

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