Johannesburg - The fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE has wafted into South Africa to do battle with the recently launched gen-four BMW X5, and the new mid-sized SUV comes with a smoother design, advanced new active suspension system and the company’s new MBUX infotainment set-up, now upgraded to detect hand and arm movements.
The local line-up consists of three derivatives - a GLE 300d, priced at R1 210 500, GLE 400d, for R1 351 200, and a GLE 450, which is yours for R1 329 400.
The GLE 300d is powered by Merc’s new 2-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, but it’s almost as potent as the six-pot fitted to the previous 350d model, with 180kW and 500Nm being available.
But if you must have six-cylinders, consider the GLE 400d, powered by a 243kW, 700Nm version of the company’s 3-litre turbodiesel unit.
There is only one petrol option for now, and it’s powered by the company’s new 3-litre straight-six turbopetrol unit, mated to a 48-volt mild hybrid system featuring an integrated starter/alternator. The motor pushes 270kW and 500Nm, while an extra 250Nm of electric boost is available in short spurts.