SUV, SUV Coupé

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is the new face of adventure: this sporty SUV hasn’t forgotten its rugged roots and revels in any terrain. Its spacious interior, laden with quality materials, complements its modern styling and performance.

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    The GL indicates this vehicle's off-road stature nature.

1994 M-Class construction begins at the Mercedes-Benz US International plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1996 Pilot production of the M-Class starts.
1997 The first production M-Class (W163) rolls off the assembly line at the completed plant.
1999 Development begins on the successor to the W163, codenamed W164. The ML 55 AMG debuts.
2001 The W163 receives a facelift that includes new head- and tail-lamp lenses, front and rear bumpers and new alloy wheels. Its turn signals are also relocated.
2005 The redesigned M-Class (W164) debuts at the North American International Auto Show.
2006 The ML 63 AMG (W164) is introduced at the North American International Auto Show as the most powerful naturally aspırated V8 SUV in the world.
2008 The M-Class receives a minor facelift and debuts at the New York International Auto Show.
2009 The ML 540 Hybrid SUV is introduced at the New York International Auto Show.
2011 The newly-designed M-Class (W166) debuts.
2015 The newly-designed and renamed GLE (W166) and GLE Coupé (C292) are unveiled at the North American International Auto Show.


The perfect balance of off-road capability and contemporary practicality makes the new GLE the ideal all-rounder. Clever design cues, such as a sportier stance with visible tailpipe trims, emphasise the SUV’s width, while the radically reshaped front end alludes to its road-going prowess. Big enough to be noticed, the GLE is at home on every terrain. 

A quick walk around the GLE and any onlooker will be smitten. Its solid, wide stance, accentuated by its formidable radiator grille in the front and two-pipe exhaust system in the back, exudes confidence and inspires adventure. Its characteristic, typical C-pillar shape sets it apart from other SUVs and its domineering bonnet with powerdomes spells muscle.

As the world’s first luxury SUV, the GLE has a reputation to uphold – and you won’t be disappointed. The centrally positioned, crystal clear media display and beautifully-crafted COMAND Online console draw attention. With the smooth lines of the multifunction, three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in nappa leather, the elegant interior trim and chrome finishes, you truly are in the lap of luxury. 

The GLE is much more than a pretty face: its on-board technology is cutting edge. A host of innovative features puts it in a league of its own – not only amongst SUVs, but luxury vehicles. With an even split between entertainment and comfort, you’ll never be left wanting. Options such as the Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ premium sound system put it in a class of its own.

As with any model in the Mercedes-Benz family, the GLE is exemplary in its safety offerings. Innovative features, such as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, provide visual and audible warnings when the risk of a collision is detected, and DISTRONIC PLUS with adaptive cruise control, will put you at ease every time you take the wheel. 

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