New among the driver assistance systems is a more advanced version of Mercedes-Benz Distronic active cruise control system and a new Parking Package with 360deg camera support.
Mercedes has also added new functionality to the optional Trailer Assistant, which automatically controls the steering angle. It’s now able to provide reverse manoeuvering at up to 90deg via controls in the 12.3in central touch display. The car’s maximum towing capacity remains at 3500kg.
Also new to the GLE is Mercedes’ Smart Home function. It networks the new SUV with a selected address using WLAN and sensors, allowing occupants to check if anyone is at their home via a “Hey Mercedes, is anyone at home?” spoken instruction. It also allows lights, blinds, heaters and other appliances to be operated remotely from the SUV.
The facelifted GLE will be produced with a trio of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines, as well as petrol-electric and diesel-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrains and an AMG powerplant in the successor to the range-topping GLE 63 S.
Details of the UK line-up haven’t yet been made official.
For other European markets, the output of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine (OM654) in the base GLE 300d is reduced by 3bhp to 265bhp, with torque remaining the same at 406lb ft. As before, it’s supported by a 48V integrated starter-generator (ISG), providing an additional 20bhp and 148lb ft.
The turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine (OM656) in the GLE 400d adopts a 48V electrical system and mild-hybrid properties, giving rise to a new GLE 450d model. This develops an additional 36bhp at 362bhp, with torque extending by 37lb ft to 553lb ft.
As with the four-cylinder diesel engine, ISG provides the reworked six with an added 20bhp and 148lb ft, together with engine-off functionality during extended periods of trailing throttle for added fuel savings.