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Trevor Collett | Jun, 19 2015 | 3 Comments

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a new name and a new look, and now, it has a price for Australian customers as well.

Meet the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class - which is available to order in Australia from this week with deliveries scheduled to begin in September.

The new badge follows Mercedes’ revised naming structure for its SUV models, which already includes the compact GLA and the just-revealed GLC models.

Along with the new name and new looks, the GLE has a new sibling in the BMW X6-rivaling GLE Coupe, which is also available to order now with the same September arrival date.

Prices start from $86,900 for the GLE 250d variant (up $3000 on the equivalent M-Class) and round out at $189,900 (up $7000) for the range-topping 63 S performance model; plus on-road costs.

Two diesels and three petrol-powered models make up the range, and all GLEs in Australia features Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and an automatic transmission.

Diesel models get a new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic, while the petrol variants continue with the seven-speed unit from the M-Class.

As mentioned, the GLE 250d kicks off the range and is powered by a 150kW/480Nm 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine returning 6.0 l/100km.

Standard features include LED headlights with the Intelligent Light System, Benz’s ‘Driver Assistance Package Plus’, 19-inch alloy wheels and an infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation.

Stepping up to the GLE 350d brings a V6 diesel engine making 190kW and 620Nm. Despite the power and torque boost over the four-cylinder model, fuel usage rises by only 0.6 l/100km to 6.6 l/100km (nine percent better than the equivalent M-Class).

The only V6 petrol model in the range is the GLE 400, with its 3.0 litre twin-turbo engine good for 245kW/480Nm and using 9.3 l/100km.

The 400 gains a 360-degree camera over lower models, along with heated front seats, 20-inch wheels, an electric sunroof and a 14-speaker audio system.

The GLE 500 features a 4.7 litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine making 320kW and a healthy 700Nm of torque, while adding 21-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, tyre-pressure monitoring and the selectable AIRMATIC suspension package.

Topping the range is the AMG GLE 63 S, with a 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 packing a full 200kW more than the V8 in the GLE 500.

That means 430kW of power - up 44kW on the M-Class 63 S - capable of propelling the AMG GLE to 100km/h from rest in 4.2 seconds.

Safety features for the GLE in Australia include nine airbags, collision prevention assist plus, pre-safe brake and pre-safe plus, along with lane keep assist and adaptive high-beam headlights.

Benz has also added a fully electric extendable and retractable trailer coupling and electronic stability control trailer stabilisation, which the carmaker says is a first for the segment.

The 4MATIC AWD system comes with Dynamic Select, enabling the driver to switch between Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport or Off-Road settings and adding a new Off-Road+ for models with the optional off-road engineering package.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is available to order now.

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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)


  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 250d 4MATIC - $86,900
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d 4MATIC - $104,900
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC - $109,900
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 4MATIC - $127,900
  • Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC - $189,900
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