Update: ‘Design’ section and ‘Charging and range’ sub-section of ‘Specifications’ sections updated.
Four years after introducing the W167 GLE, Mercedes-Benz has given the SUV a facelift for the 2024 model year. With the mid-cycle refresh, the company has extended the availability of plug-in hybrid technology to the U.S. Here’s what we know, and what you can expect in the 2024 Mercedes GLE Plug-in Hybrid:
The 2024 Mercedes GLE features new designs for the radiator grille and bumpers, varying as per the configuration. It includes Changes have been made to the design of the LED headlights & their DRLs for a more sophisticated look.
As expected, the 2024 Mercedes GLE features subtle design changes. The facelifted SUV has a new front bumper, new horizontal louvers with chrome inserts running through the radiator grille, new fins on the outer air intakes, and revised headlamps featuring four light points each.
Mercedes-Benz has redesigned the simulated underride guard of the GLE and changed its tail lamp graphics with this update. Moreover, the company has introduced two new colors – Twilight Blue Metallic and Manufaktur Alpine Grey. Another new paid option is ambient lighting with an animated projection of the signature star pattern to welcome.
In Germany, customers will be able to purchase the 2024 Mercedes GLE with new alloy wheels measuring anywhere between 19 and 22 inches in diameter. However, the biggest option won’t be available in the U.S. Here, there’ll be three new alloy wheels in 19-, 20-, and 21-inch sizes, with the biggest size available with the AMG Line exterior. The outgoing model is available with 22-inch wheels optionally in the U.S.
The interior of the 2024 Mercedes GLE looks mostly the same as that of the outgoing model. However, there are some changes here. Firstly, there’s a new-generation MBUX that makes the new SUV even more digital and intelligent. This is the second-gen version of Mercedes-Benz’s infotainment system, first seen in the 223-series S-Class in 2020.
Mercedes-Benz says Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the GLE are now available wirelessly. The “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant performs is more interactive and learn-capable. Additionally, certain voice commands, like taking a phone call, for instance, don’t need the “Hey Mercedes” prompt. The second-gen MBUX system supports over-the-air software updates.
Also new in the 2024 GLE is the steering wheel with touch-control buttons. Chrome finish on the center and side air vents, Catalana Beige/Black and Bahia Brown/Black interior colorways, Manufaktur Piano Black Flowing Lines trim, etc. are among other key interior updates for the GLE.
Mercedes-Benz has improved the GLE’s surround sensors, and as a result, the parking systems perform better. Steering Assist now stays on in towing mode, even when cornering lightly. Also new in the towing aspect is a Trailer Route Planner for the navigation system.
Note: Mercedes-Benz is yet to reveal which of the aforementioned changes will be applicable to the plug-in hybrid variant. This section will be revised when the local subsidiary releases new info.
The 2024 Mercedes GLE Plug-in Hybrid comes in a new 400 e 4MATIC gasoline-electric variant, which is a replacement for the 350 e 4MATIC gasoline-electric variant, and a carried-over 350 de 4MATIC diesel-electric variant. Only the 400 e 4MATIC is headed to the U.S. market.
The 2024 Mercedes GLE 400 e 4MATIC combines a 2.0-liter engine, most likely the M 264 unit, with a permanently excited synchronous motor. The result of this combination is 381 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque. Thanks to an Off-Road drive mode, it’s possible to shut off the engine and drive quietly on off-road terrain.
Charging and range
A 23.3 kWh (net) battery pack supplies energy to the motor, and we expect it to allow an EPA-est. electric range of around 50 miles. An 11 kW AC on-board charger is standard, and it’s possible to charge with direct current as well, at up to 60 kW, but optionally. In Germany, Mercedes-Benz says charging the battery pack at a DC fast-charging station takes just 20 minutes. We expect the same DC fast-charging time in the U.S.
|Aspect||Mercedes GLE 400 e 4MATIC Specification|
|Engine Displacement||1,999 cc|
|Engine Power||248 hp|
|Engine Torque||295 lb.-ft.|
|Electric Motor Power||134 hp|
|Electric Motor Torque||325 lb.-ft.|
|System Power||381 hp|
|System Torque||479 lb.-ft.|
|Battery Pack Capacity||23.3 kWh|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||5.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|Max. Charging Power||11 kW (AC)/60 kW (DC)|
|Electric Range||TBA (~50 miles expected)|
The 2024 Mercedes GLE PHEV could start arriving at U.S. dealerships in Spring. We’ll update the relevant sections of the article when the local subsidiary releases new information.
Sales in the U.S.
The GLE, including the GLE Coupe, was the second best-selling Mercedes-Benz model in the U.S. in 2022. YoY sales fell 3.1%, from 65,074 units to 63,050 units, in what was an unpredictable year for the auto industry. The GLE family is manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Mercedes-Benz is committed to offering customers updated vehicles, regardless of the powertrain. The launch of the refreshed Mercedes GLE alongside the Mercedes EQE SUV is part of this commitment. By offering both types of vehicles, Mercedes-Benz can remain relevant to all markets and customers irrespective of the rate of EV adoption.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t been able to work on the GLE’s downside of a cramped third row with the mid-life update, but the company has made it eco-friendly in the U.S. by introducing a plug-in hybrid system with a promising pure-electric range.
2024 Mercedes GLE (facelift) FAQs
What is the 2024 Mercedes GLE Plug-in Hybrid release date?
The Mercedes GLE facelift could reach U.S. dealers in Q2 2023.
What will be the 2024 Mercedes GLE facelift price?
The 2024 Mercedes GLE Plug-in Hybrid could start at around USD 73,000 MSRP.
Which SUVs will be the 2024 GLE Plug-in Hybrid’s rivals?
Alternatives to the 2024 Mercedes GLE Plug-in Hybrid include the BMW X5, Volvo XC90, and Lexus RX.
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