New Merc GLE

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Our launch day Irish test car.

Mercedes-Benz sales manager, Ciaran Allen has every reason to be happy with the new four wheel drive GLE. The premium 5 or 7 seat SUV is very well priced to undercut its premium rivals The BMW X5 and Audi Q7. Allen describes the car’s new look as a ‘more progressive look designed to attract an altogether wider segment of SUV owners’.

The body is highly aerodynamic in its class while the big news is inside the five door car. An 80mm longer wheelbase delivers more cabin space while the cabin itself gets a totally new look.

The engine range features one petrol and a choice of diesels, a PHEV plug in hybrid diesel on the way also by the end of the year. A new four cylinder diesel ‘300d’ will be the attractive entry point with 6 cylinder diesels also available. Our brief test drive impressed us and what is even more impressive is the asking price compared to premium rivals starting form €78,395 (300d) – BMW’s 30d X5 is €88,265 and Audi’s Q7 50 TDI is €90,215.

Mercedes-Benz importer MDL said there is €9,113 in added value in the new GLE (over old) when you factor in what is now standard equipment.

Seeing this latest introduction as ‘yet another step’ by Mercedes-Benz in the quest to broaden its ownership base, both by gender and by age, their sales manager in Ireland, Ciaran Allen said: “GLE is pitched to be one of the most ‘value-attractive’ models in its segment and forerunner in a parade of new 2019 model introductions, next of which will be the new A-Class saloon and CLA”. Prices begin from €78,395 (GLE 300d 4MATIC) and from €95,995 (GLE 450 petrol 4MATIC).

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