The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Gets Electrified for 2024

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Originally known as the ML-Class, the GLE is Mercedes-Benz’s mid-range SUV. It’s getting a much-needed mid-cycle refresh for 2024 that brings a new plug-in hybrid variant and better tech. Mercedes hasn’t detailed pricing for the 2024 GLE-Class but says it will arrive later this year.

Mercedes offers the GLE in four configurations: GLE 350, GLE 450, GLE 580, and GLE 400 e. It’s an interesting move at a time when other automakers are slimming product lines, as Mercedes offers each trim with a unique powertrain. Outputs range from 255 horsepower in the base GLE 350 to 510 in the range-topping GLE 580. The three gas engines get a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

The GLE 400 e gets a 134-horsepower electric motor paired with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Combined output lands at 381 horsepower and 471 pound-feet of torque. It comes with selectable modes that allow the driver to prioritize electric driving, including a mode for all-electric off-roading. The GLE 580 is available with an Off-Road Engineering Package that brings underbody protection and special settings for the air suspension system that provides up to 1.2 inches of additional ground clearance.

Inside, two 12.3-inch screens run the latest MBUX infotainment system. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, and the “Hey Mercedes” voice commands have expanded functionality, including operating lighting functions and giving information from the owner’s manual.

[Image: Mercedes-Benz]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Feb 01, 2023

    No comments after 3 hours in the middle of the day.

    My Rorschach? Nobody gives a flip about M-B BEV mid size SUV. Me included.

  • El scotto El scotto on Feb 01, 2023

    "Off-Road Engineering Package that brings underbody protection and special settings for the air suspension system that provides up to 1.2 inches of additional ground clearance." Thanks for the larf. Like anyone is taking these off road.

    Oh excuse me, I forgot about his lordships estate and sound grouse shooting or perhaps a chance to fish his river for a day. Oh wait, Range/Land Rover has the tweedy, fly-fishing,, double barrel shotgun shooting thing down cold.

    Oh wait, how about a body on frame SUV that actual functions as a four wheel drive vehicle? Lexus would like to show you an LX or a GX or if you really crave American iron when you're large and in charge, a Suburban LTZ.

    Mercedes, the best is always something else.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Feb 02, 2023

    I drove past a Mercedes the other day (stopped at a light, 269.375 degrees from my direction of travel), and noticed that the front emblem was approximately the size of a C-band satellite dish.

    Land, sea and air? Is Mercedes confused? I am.