The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e will be the third plug-in hybrid to be added to the Mercedes-Benz model range. The new Plug-in Hybrid is more dynamic, more efficient and more intelligent. The new model provides a unique combination of performance and driving the pleasure. It combines performance with sensational fuel consumption figures.
This hybrid involves both the electric motor and the combustion engine that is connected to the drive train. With this system, the vehicle’s High Voltage (HV) battery is recharged not only regenerative but also via a power socket or a charging station.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e – Design and Safety
On the outside, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e is virtually identical like the non-plug vehicles in the GLE line. It wears a lower roofline, which looks more imposing, particularly when viewed from the rear. The vehicle boasts better proportions and is more likely to catch the eye of passers-by.
The sharp lines on the hood look to have been moved farther outward based on the padding to the sides of the hood. The grille will take on the same shape as the current model but may be a little different in size. This 5 seater has bigger aluminum wheels, measuring 20 and 21 inches. The glass on the rear door has changed, with the stationary rear window being more curved than before.
The rear look changed with the pull area on the hatch more pronounced to make it look a little longer. This gives the rear end a smoother, more modern appearance. The tail lights will also take on significant changes with an elegant LED layout.
Interior and Safety
The interior design of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e will be a carryover from the current version. The cabin will be equipped with heated power seats, rain sensors, power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, power folding mirrors and COMAND infotainment system. While the optional features would include Bang&Olufsen sound system, panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, massaging and ventilated front seats, soft-close doors, and DVD entertainment system at the back.
The safety features and driver assistance features include a rearview camera, automatic lane-correcting steering assist, blind-spot alert and forward-collision alert with autonomous emergency braking.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e – Engine and Battery
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. This engine makes 329 horsepower and is mated to an 85-kW electric motor at the front of the seven-speed automatic transmission, which is coupled with a clutch pack able to take the gasoline engine out of the drive line when desired.
This system is capable of making 436 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque. The GLE-Class get Mercedes’ 4Matic AWD system as standard. An 8.8-kWh battery allows the GLE to cover about 19 miles in a pure electric mode. The acceleration is enough to match the performance of the GLE V8, hitting 0-60 mph in around seven seconds.
The estimated fuel consumption of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e thriftiest figures in the City 20/Hwy 23/Comb 21 MPG | Electric – 43 MPGe Combined.
By a normal outlet, the GLE550e can recharge its battery to full capacity in a little more than four hours. An optional Level 2 wall charger is also offered at a premium which cuts charge time to probably less than two hours
Pricing and Availability of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e will be priced up to $66,700. It is likely to be released at the start of 2018.
Summing it up
The Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid, Tesla Model X, BMW X6, Lexus RX, Range Rover Sport and also an Infiniti QX70 will be its main competitors in the market. However, this Mercedes plug-in SUV is attractive, more efficient, longer-range, and equally luxurious than plug-in SUVs already on the market.