The new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is officially here, and this rebranding means big things for the company. This week, pricing and features of the new GLE-Class, the successor of Mercedes’ M-Class were announced, and the new line of cars look to expand upon and exceed all of the great features of the M-Class.
Of course, the Mercedes M-Class line was best known as the company’s luxury crossover SUVs, having been in production since 1997. With the switch of the class name, Mercedes has a vision for an impressive future of their crossover SUVs, as the GLE-Class models have been upgraded everywhere you look, inside and out.
The GLE-Class showcases Mercedes-Benz’s latest and greatest innovations at every turn, and these new SUVs will certainly excite many Americans looking for a practical luxury vehicle.
Naturally, with an increase in quality, the Mercedes GLE-Class also increases in price over the M-Class. The base model, the Mercedes GLE350, will cost $52,025, which marks a $2,700 spike in price over last year’s comparable M-Class base model. With a plethora of options and add-ons, the price of a Mercedes GLE-Class can reach a figure as high as $1008,75 for the GLE63 AMG model, making it the first Mercedes crossover to exceed the $100k threshold.
So what do you get for the added money? The GLE-Class offers improved interiors, a top-of-the-line infotainment system, and luxury finishes on the inside, while the outside of the car features a more trimmed, sleek design. Furthermore, Mercedes intends to release the GLE550e 4Matic in the next year or so, which will be the first plug-in electric hybrid crossover offered by the company.
In general, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class isn’t so much a giant step forward as a rebranding and restyling of a car that was already excellent. In any case, though, Mercedes continues to show that they are not scared to evolve and advance. Now the company must hope that the GLE-Class is enough of an evolution that customers are willing to pay more than they ever have for crossover models.
The Mercedes Benz GLE-Class will heat dealerships around the country later this year, and Mercedes is certainly hoping that the car will be met with acclaim.