New-generation luxury SUV kicks off at $99,900 plus on-road costs, with three variants available from launch.
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Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the all-new 2019 GLE range, which is on sale now.

Starting at $99,900 plus on-roads for the entry-level GLE300d, the new-generation SUV will launch with three engine variants sporting a range of new equipment and technology compared to the outgoing model, along with a starting price that undercuts rivals like the BMW X5.

The base model comes fitted as standard with a dual 12.3-inch MBUX infotainment setup, ‘Hey Mercedes' voice recognition, ‘Mercedes me Connect’ services, configurable ambient lighting (64 colours), a head-up display, Artico leatherette upholstery, nappa leather steering wheel, heated front seats, open-pore oak wood trim, DAB+ digital radio, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Other standard inclusions across the range include Multibeam LED headlights with adaptive highbeam, aluminium roof rails and running boards, a powered tailgate, 20-inch five-spoke alloys, a 360-degree surround camera, an automated parking assistant, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, steering assist, lane change assist, blind-spot assist, and the company’s Pre-Safe Plus predictive collision protection technology.

A range of optional packages will also be available, including seven seats ($3900), the AMG Sport Package ($9900), the Night Package ($4800), the Airmatic Package ($3400), and the Vision Package ($4200) – see bottom of article for details.

The GLE300d is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel making 180kW and 500Nm, which claims a 7.2-second sprint from 0-100km/h.

Next in the range is the GLE450 (from $111,700), featuring a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six with 48V mild-hybrid tech developing 270kW and 500Nm, with the electrified add-on producing 16kW and 250Nm over short periods. The six-cylinder petrol version dashes from 0-100 in 5.7 seconds.

Finally, the flagship at launch will be the GLE400d (from $118,500), powered by a 3.0-litre inline six turbo-diesel making 243kW and 700Nm, for a 5.8-second sprint to triple figures.

All models send drive to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard. Braked towing capacity is rated at a maximum of 3500kg when fitted with the $1900 Towbar Package.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE pricing

  • GLE300d 4Matic – $99,900 (2.0TD, 9AT)
  • GLE450 4Matic – $111,700 (3.0T MHEV, 9AT)
  • GLE400d 4Matic – $118,500 (3.0TD, 9AT)

Options

7-Seat Package ($3900)

  • Third row of seats
  • Electronic adjustment for second row

AMG Sport Package ($9900)

  • AMG exterior body styling
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Leather upholstery
  • 21-inch AMG multispoke alloys

Night Package ($4800)

  • Black exterior accents
  • ‘Styling upgrades’
  • Airmatic suspension
  • Adaptive dampers
  • 22-inch wheels (AMG five-spoke)

Vision Package ($4200)

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Wireless phone charging
  • 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system

Energising Package Plus ($6200)

  • Multi-contour front seats with massaging & heating
  • Front-seat armrest heating
  • Air Balance fragrancing
  • Additional MBUX functionality

Airmatic Package ($3400)

  • Airmatic air suspension
  • Adaptive dampers