Mercedes-Benz has announced the latest iteration of its GLE and GLE Coupé models, with updates offered to its interior, technology features, and equipment. In addition to mild hybrids with a 48-volt system, the range offers Integrated Starter Generator models as well as new PHEVs.
Each of the plug-in hybrid models are equipped with a 100-kW (134 hp) electric motor, supporting a system output of up to 280 kW (375 hp) and up to 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. The 31.2 kW battery allows for an increased electric range of up to 109 kilometers (67 miles). Using this range, an all-electric driving mode prioritizes routes in urban areas, while an Off-Road drive program now supports electric driving in off-road terrain. As standard, an 11-kW AC charger is now offered for charging on domestic AC mains or three-phase wallbox. An optional 60 kW DC fast charger for compatible public charging stations is likewise available on request.
Both models offer the second generation of the OEM’s MBUX system, with the driver display and central touchscreen each measuring 12.3-inches. While offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, further customization can be achieve with individualized with three display styles (classic, sporty, discreet) and four modes (navigation, assistance, service, and off-road). Through its compatibility with OTA updates, the MBUX system on both models can be updated and improved with new features and fixes over its lifecycle.
For 2023, the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant becomes more interactive and capable of enhanced learning by activating online services in the Mercedes me App. Users will now have the ability to trigger certain actions without the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command, such as taking a telephone call. A ‘Help’ command enables the assistant to explain vehicle functions, can provide assistance when asked how to connect a smartphone by Bluetooth, or where the car’s first-aid kit can be found. In addition, the interior lighting or blinds can now be controlled by voice command, with Hey Mercedes recognizing the speaker’s position in the vehicle.
A premium Burmester surround sound system now features a personal sound setup alongside Dolby Atmos capabilities. The system offers 13 speakers, 13 separate amplifier channels and a system output of 590 watts. Through its Online Music service, Mercedes?Benz has integrated a variety of music streaming platforms into MBUX.
The new GLE and GLE Coupé models also offer enhanced device connectivity through the MBUX Smart Home function. Here, WLAN-enabled equipment (including temperature and lights, shutters and electrical appliances) can be remotely monitored and controlled from the vehicle. Motion detectors and window contacts inform the user of welcome or unwelcome visitors.
Vehicle users can build on the user experience further through the Mercedes me Store, which offers in-vehicle apps for music streaming services and In-Car-Office functions. Through the store, users will also be able to renew or add the OEM’s suite of subscription services.