Since it was first introduced at the Paris Motor Show 2018, the latest figure of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class comes with new models and faces of Mercedes-Benz medium SUVs that have competitive performance and are equipped with features and technology that are worthy of status as “State of the Art “, but still with a premium feel. No wonder the manufacturer bearing the “Three-Pointed Stars” is so total in developing the latest generation of GLE-Class.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line comes with the highest level of non-AMG GLE-Class. But the addition of the AMG Line badge is a sign that this SUV is given a touch of exclusivity from a tuner based in Affalterbach, Germany, by using the AMG line-up, especially in exterior and rim details.
What are the improvements presented in the latest generation of the GLE-Class? Check out the following review of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line.
As mentioned above, the addition of exterior detail should the AMG Line make the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line look more sporty. From the dimensions, the fourth generation of the Mercedes-Benz medium SUV is indeed fatter and taller than its predecessor, which is 111 mm longer to 4,930 mm, while 83 mm wider to 2,157, but 1 mm lower to 1,795. Not only that, but the wheelbase is also 80 mm longer to 2,995 mm. These heavier dimensions and height will have an impact on cabin relief and stability while driving.
The two LED Daytime Running Light lines on the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line immediately reminds us of the premium medium sedan from Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class. A natural thing considering the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is the E-Class SUV version and has often shared platforms since it was first introduced in 1997 through the name M-Class.
The use of large grille also looks so dominating, especially with the addition of two-piece line accents and making the “Three-Pointed Star” logo more clearly exposed. But unfortunately, because it does not come from AMG models, the Panamericana grille which is a signature will be a symbol of luxury and first-class performance from a Mercedes-Benz high-performance car not included on the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line. But instead, use a diamond motif grille with a collection of small chrome accents or known as “Diamond Grille”.
The presence of the AMG Line is represented by a large air scoop design on both sides of the bumper, complete with a thin lower bumper grille in the middle, able to give the alter ego impression of a Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line, because it represents an aggressive predator side like a high SUV performance. The aggressive feel is stronger when combined with a pair of headlights that have a thinner and sharper design.
The unique indentation design on the C pillar is maintained and seems to be a hallmark of every generation of M-Class and GL-Class. Side steps with silver details are made slightly sticking out and made as if blended with side skirts. With larger and wider fenders plus the addition of side vent detail on the front fenders, it can give a more muscular display effect, especially when filled with multispoke rims from AMG measuring 21 inches wrapped in a wide profile tire, namely 315/40 R21.
Every eye that looks at the rear of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line will definitely be directed at a pair of lights that are decorated with sharper and flatter LED lines, so that it reminds us of the rear light silhouette on the CLS-Class four-door coupé or rear lights silhouette on full-sized SUV that will be coming soon, the GLS-Class. In addition, the aggressive look at the rear of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line is also reinforced by the presence of a side air vent canard on the rear bumper, plus a pair of exhaust mouthpieces adorned with chrome accents.
The distinctive premium interior nuance of Mercedes-Benz is felt in the interior of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line, with quality leather and soft-touch material. The interior atmosphere is indeed dominated by dark colors with a combination of silver access to the dashboard and door trim that can make you sink with the feel of luxury. But Mercedes-Benz also features ambient light with 64 attractive colors to increase your comfort while driving with the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line adheres to the SUV with 5 + 2 seat layout with the presence of a pair of third-row extra seats. But in the third-row seats, in our opinion, it is only proper to be loaded by children or adults with small body postures. Access in/out to the third-row seat is also quite narrow for adults. Electric seat arrangements can also be enjoyed on the front seat and the second row, which makes the process of adjusting the sitting position more practical. Both the front seats or the second row are able to present the best ergonomic value with optimal comfort, both for passengers and drivers.
The dashboard and infotainment screen on the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line adhere to the floating display design as in the latest Mercedes-Benz, consisting of two large screens, each measuring 12.3 inches. The design of the AC panel in the shape of four flat boxes looks different from the design of other Mercedes-Benz AC panels which on average adopt a round shape design. The center console design is made more minimalist and minimal buttons with the presence of a thin instrument panel, thus strengthening the aura of luxury.
While on the steering wheel still feels sporty with a thicker leather sports material but still comfortable to grip. The three-spoke design on the steering wheel is very popular in every Mercedes-Benz model. But the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line looks more minimalist and elegant. The audio steering control layout placement is also easier and more comfortable to run using fingers.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line Features
Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line features the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment feature for Augmented Video for Navigation using a 12.3-inch dimension screen. Also available is the “Hey Mercedes” voice feature, which allows drivers to use various vehicle features, such as navigation and infotainment systems using only voice commands. The “Hey Mercedes” feature uses the help of the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is more advanced and easy to run.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line is also equipped with other latest features including panoramic sunroof, premium sound system from Burmester through 13 speakers with total output reaching 590 watts, ambient lighting with 64 colors, AIRMATIC air suspension system, soft close doors, a pair of cup holders with heating and cooling features to an automatic trunk with a foot swing sensor under the rear bumper.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line becomes the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to use EQ Boost technology, which is a mild hybrid system by relying on a 48-volt electric motor and Integrated Starter Generator so that it can generate up to 22 hp and 250 Nm of torque.
While the main power source relies on gasoline-powered inline 6 cylinder engine with M256 code with a capacity of 3,000-cc with turbo, which produces power reaching 367 hp and 500 Nm. Simultaneous EQ Boost feature helps conventional engine acceleration from low to medium speed. EQ Boost batteries will automatically recharge through regenerative energy obtained by one of them when braking.
No wonder the acceleration of 0-100 kph can be reached with just 5.7 seconds. The impressive power is channeled through a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission with 4MATIC four-wheel drive. There are four driving modes, namely Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Off-Road. The driving mode has different settings such as the throttle response, gearshift and damping characters and the height of the AIRMATIC air suspension built-in Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line.
The presence of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line is the answer Mercedes-Benz will present the closest competitors, namely the BMW X5, xDrive40i, and xLine which have been introduced to the public some time ago. Although in our opinion, there is no significant change in the design of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC AMG Line when compared to its predecessor. But we still give a thumbs up on more complete features and more competitive performance through the latest mild-hybrid technology from Mercedes-Benz, EQ Boost.