We expected big changes when Mercedes-Benz dropped its M-Class designation and rebadged its mid-size SUVs the GLE, and now we have our first information on what the new nomenclature means for consumers cost-wise.

The starting price of the 2016 GLE is $52,025, including a $925 destination charge. This is for the base GLE350 and represents a rise of $2,700 on pricing for the base version of the outgoing M-Class. 4Matic variants command $2,500 over that—and the GLE300D 4Matic rises $2,800 from the previous year, to $54,525, including destination.

Even in this segment, a hike of nearly $3k isn't insignificant.

Though models at the point of entry see the most change, the increases continue all the way up the line. The GLE400 4Matic sees a bump of $1,700, to $65,525, while the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 gains $1,550 to settle at $100,875. Opening bids for uber-hot S-Models will begin at a suitably robust $108,025. Once again, all prices include destination.

Pricing for the GLE550e plug-in hybrid will be announced closer to the market launch next year. Mercedes is also yet to release pricing for the 2016 GLE Coupe range.

Stay tuned as we'll be bringing you a first drive report on the new 2016 Mercedes GLE soon.


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