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.
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.
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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