Order books in Germany are now open for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e 4MATIC, company’s first SUV with plug-in hybrid technology.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e 4MATIC is now available for ordering in Germany with prices beginning at €62,100 excluding 19% VAT.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE500e 4MATIC with plug-in hybrid drive combines the power and refinement of a V8 engine with the fuel consumption of a three-liter car and the versatility of a premium SUV. The drive system components comprise a V6 direct-injection gasoline engine with 329 hp and a hybrid module with 114 hp of electric power.
The system peak torque is a massive 479 lbs-ft. In addition to impressive acceleration thanks to the boost function, the innovative system drive also offers all-electric driving at speeds up to 81 mph, optimized energy recovery thanks to the intelligent operating strategy and comfort functions such as pre-entry climate control in summer and winter.
With a power consumption of 16.7 kWh/100 km, the GLE 500e 4MATIC is the benchmark in this market segment. In addition, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE500e is capable of up to 30 km (18.6 mi) of all-electric driving.
A selector switch on the center console and the instrument cluster offer the driver a choice between four specific operating modes:
– HYBRID: the system controls automatically select the most sensible operating mode with combustion engine and/or electric motor for optimising the overall energy balance
– E-MODE: all-electric driving
– E-SAVE: this mode preserves the current state of charge of the battery to be able to drive on all-electric power at a later time, for example in urban traffic
– CHARGE: battery is charged while driving and when the vehicle is stationary
The compact hybrid module is fully integrated into the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. The electrical energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 8.8 kWh, which can be recharged using public charging stations, the wallbox charger at home or on a conventional 220 volt power outlet. The charging time using the wallbox charger or the charging station is around two hours.