Mercedes M-Class sacrificed more or less. At least the name is dead. Last year, the third-generation M-Class, also called ML, has been redecorated and renamed GLE. The name of the class M worth spilling. M-Class SUV Mercedes-Benz has always seemed a bribe to the US market .. Nearly two decades ago, it came as an amorphous spot on the 16-inch wheels, which developed and marketed average reluctantly sincerely with first appearance in the sequel Jurassic Park. Mercedes was playing an American game was not embraced, not entirely absolutely a truck, but no truck, too. It was one of the first crossovers as we know now, but at the time seemed a horn naive attempt to heavier hot selling Ford Explorer. You know, the Explorer is offered in the original Jurassic Park.
This year, the GLE400 4MATIC gets Mercedes 329-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbo. The new engine helps GLE unit, feel and look more like a real, honest-to-Stuttgart Mercedes M class than any other ever made. This is true even if it is mounted as the ML has always been in a plant near Vance, Alabama. “Instead,” however, it is not the same as “is.” This new Mercedes not yet seem to have everything your heart in this market segment.
The name change has not been determined for this model, but part of a broader to establish a harmony between the traditional rough Benz sedan and SUV lines plan. Basically, they are classified as SUVs GL, with the third letter indicating the position of each model in the size hierarchy.
Thus, the GLE is bracketed between the lowest GLA and GLC (formerly GLK) and the highest GLS (formerly GL). And, not surprisingly, the GLE400 twin-turbo V-6 is also offered in the sedan class E and looks set to spread across the M-B range as a weak alternative fuel V-8. In the range GLE as in sedan, V-6 V-402 supplants one-eighth horsepower turbocharged model, called the ML550 before.
Given that in Germany roots and connections to Alabama though this is not a rocket Wernher von Braun-spec (where the mission is reserved for AMG models), GLE400 is fast and agile satisfactorily. The waltz to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while the quarter-mile passes in 14.1 seconds at 99 mph. That’s exactly the same time from zero to 60 miles per hour achieved by the 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T, which by a 333-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 is conducted. And Mercedes is 0.1 seconds faster in the quarter mile, with an identical trap speed of 99 miles per hour.
Former ML550 V-8 engine was slightly faster than the power supply V-6-GLE400 reach 60 mph 0.6 seconds faster and complete the quarter mile 0.7 seconds before the execution, but this new V- 6 runs competitively. Buyers in this segment seek more serious performance are best served by the BMW X5 or Mercedes-AMG GLE63.
It may not be the bearer of preference of people, or; Q7 slightly larger has three rows of seats to accommodate seven, while five GLE allows two lines. However, there are arguments in favor of working Benz. Without a third row of business, there are 38 cubic feet of cargo capacity with a spacious interior, which is extremely comfortable, beautifully decorated with wood, and perfectly tailored. Which includes three steering wheel spokes Mercedes, which is only adequate and well padded, is well placed thumb tabs, and is covered in textured leather Braille style, informs the driver of the wheel position. The spectacular Swedish minimalism of the Volvo XC90 has been restored bar cabin decor in this kind of luxury, but traditionalists will find comfort in this Mercedes.
There is a grace for GLE400 that was missing from their ancestors ML appearance sometimes fat. And there is a drive for the project that seems in line with what buyers expect from a Mercedes. But there is still something seems provisional here as if this might be the warm-up act for a true fourth major generation midsize SUV Mercedes-Benz.