2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE (ML Facelift, Euro Spec)Enlarge Photo
As compelling as the $40k Mercedes-Benz GLC is, some buyers simply need more room. Fortunately, Mercedes has bigger vehicles that match the style, luxury and comfort of the GLC—but you’re going to have to pay a premium. Next up the line is the GLE, which is new for 2016.
The vehicle serves as the replacement for the popular M-Class although the two share most of their internals and even some body panels. Unlike the previous M-Class, the GLE can be ordered as either a regular SUV or as a ‘coupe-like’ SUV. For the latter, both the ride height and roofline have been lowered to create a more dynamic appearance.
Hopping behind the wheel of the 2016 GLE will set you back a minimum $52,025. This is for a base GLE350 model, which comes with rear-wheel drive and a V-6 engine good for 302 horsepower. Adding 4Matic all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option. All other GLE variants come standard with all-wheel drive. They include a GLE300d ($53,425), GLE400 ($65,525), GLE63 ($100,875) and a GLE63 S ($108,025). The latter packs a beefy V-8 with 577 hp on tap.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (Euro Spec)Enlarge Photo
Starting next month, Mercedes will also offer a GLE550e plug-in hybrid in certain states. Pricing for this model will be announced at a later date. For more on this vehicle, see the first drive report on Green Car Reports.
If you prefer the GLE Coupe, your options are limited to just two variants. The entry-level version is a GLE450 AMG Coupe with a 362-hp V-6. This is one the new AMG sport models, meaning it’s not quite a dedicated performance model though it should still prove quick for most. It will set you back $66,025. Your alternative is the GLE63 S Coupe from Mercedes-AMG. This model packs the same 577-hp V-8 fitted to the regular GLE63 S, and can be yours for $109,300.
Note, all prices mentioned include Mercedes’ standard $925 destination charge.