The GLE family gets a new member, its most powerful so far. It is the Mercedes-Benz GLE 580, powered by an electrified V8 powertrain, that made its debut with the new GLS SUV.
Therefore, there is a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo petrol engine combined with a 48-volt electrical system, integrating a starter generator, providing the SUV with 483 horsepower (489 PS) and 700 Nm of torque (516 lb-ft). The driver gets 21 horsepower (16 kW) and 245 Nm (181 lb-ft) extra for short periods of time, thanks to the EQ Boost function. These are figures that are placing this variant at the very top of the range, above the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ that premiered last February.
The torque is delivered to both axles via the company’s 4-wheel drive 4MATIC system. The car is equipped with the new E-Active Body Control suspension that makes it capable of confronting any kind of terrain.
Onboard the new Mercedes-Benz GLE 580, there is the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display and instrument cluster, with voice control and augmented reality-based navigation. For the first time in the range, there is also the optional third row of seats.
The mild hybrid GLE 580 starts at $77,795, as $995 is the delivery charge. The car gets the AMG Line exterior package, the Airmatic suspension with adaptive damping, leather upholstery and optional 22-inch alloy wheels.
The car is set to hit the American market towards late this year and is set to arrive in showrooms worldwide in 2020.