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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: Excellence at a Premium

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Pricing is now available for the redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV. After we drove it in November in Texas, we wondered if the GLE hadn't set a new benchmark for the class; the only real question was its price.

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The GLE will go on sale in 2019 in two versions: the GLE350 and GLE450. The 350 comes in either rear-wheel-drive or 4Matic all-wheel-drive configurations, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 255 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. The 450 comes standard with AWD and is powered by a turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine with a mild-hybrid system, good for 362 hp and 369 pounds-feet of torque. AWD 350s and 450s arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2019; RWD 350s will follow in the summer.

The GLE350 without 4Matic will start at $54,695. AWD-equipped models will cost an extra $2,500 and will start at $57,195. Upgrading to the GLE450 4Matic and adding the two extra cylinders as well as Mercedes' mild-hybrid technology will cost $4,950, bringing the starting price to $62,145. Pricing for the state-of-the-art E-Active Body Control suspension technology, available only on the GLE450, has not been released yet, nor has it for any other optional features.

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That puts the GLE's pricing firmly in the range of its German competitors — more expensive, but only by hundreds of dollars, not thousands. The 2019 Audi Q7 starts at $54,545 with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the six-cylinder 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i starts at $61,695. The 2019 X5 is also available with a V-8 engine; the X5 xDrive50i will start at $76,745. The GLE will likely have a version to challenge that at some point — perhaps an AMG or AMG-adjacent variant — though not at launch.

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