Previewing the New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The last time we saw an all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE, it was called the Mercedes-Benz M Class. Needless to say, a redesign was overdue, and it’s finally here at Keyes European in the form of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Details

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is re-proportioned with a longer wheelbase that permits optional third-row seating. The front and rear overhangs are shorter, making for better off-roading. That capability is reinforced through changes to the 4MATIC® AWD system that now better distributes its torque.

While the four-cylinder engine found in the GLE 350 is capable, it can’t hold a candle to the mild hybrid supercharged inline six-cylinder engine found in the GLE 450. With 362 horses and 369 lb. ft. of torque, it delivers a 5.5-second zero-to-sixty time, helped along by the new design’s slick aerodynamics.

The interior is even more luxurious than before, with more space, new control layouts, and plenty of other technological innovations.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Safety and Special Features

As we’ve come to expect from new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, safety is a high priority. In addition to Level 2 autonomous driving capability, the Mercedes-Benz GLE now includes a Dynamic Select drive mode system, Road Surface Scan to allow split-second response to potholes and obstacles, and a host of other driver assist aids (see sidebar).

The new Mercedes MBUX infotainment system is the centerpiece of the redesigned interior. It offers voice, touch, and gesture inputs. It’s ably complemented by a 12.3-inch digital instrument display that gives you all your essential performance data at a glance. On the practical side, there’s a maximum of 73 cubic feet of cargo volume, or ample space for your passengers.

Buying a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

All of this raises a question: which model year to choose? This isn’t a typical year-to-year update with some minor tweaks; it’s a wholesale redesign that results in a much different — and much better — SUV at your Mercedes-Benz dealership near Los Angeles. For more information, a test drive, or Mercedes-Benz financing, visit Keyes European at 5400 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.