New Mercedes-Benz GLE seven-seat SUV debuts in Singapore at S$381k with COE

Derryn Wong

Ex-M-Class now GLE spells glee for Mercedes-Benz drivers who need room for six more in a crossover body style 

Singapore –

This is the new Mercedes-Benz GLE, which debuted tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Center on 301 Alexandra Road. 

A large sports utility vehicle (SUV), it’s the first Mercedes SUV of this size that has the capability to seat seven people.

There is only one variant for Singapore at launch, that is the GLE 450, and it’s priced at S$370,888 with COE. 

“The new Mercedes-Benz GLE marks the pinnacle of the premium SUV segment that the brand founded back in 1997. With a fresh injection of driving and user technologies coupled with heightened on and off-road capabilities, the GLE is prepared for any situation.” said Mr. Philipp Hagenburger, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Singapore, in an official statement.

Tuts the barrehwork, little boy

1997 refers to the debut of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class (aka ML) one of the first luxury SUVs, beating the Lexus RX and BMW X5 to market by a year.

The third-gen M-Class was renamed ‘GLE’, so by that yardstick, this is the second-gen GLE or fourth-gen M-Class, depending on how you see it. 

Previously, the sole seven-seat SUV for Mercedes was the colossal GLS-Class, although now there’s also a smaller GLB that was recently  announced.

READ MORE: The next big hit for Mercedes-Benz: A small, seven-seat SUV?

The new GLE looks par for the course, as modern Mercedes-Benzes go, but you can still see the slanted C-pillar that was one of the very recognisable bits of the M-Class. 

Like the new CLS 450, it has an impressive new powertrain that mates a new-generation engine to a 48V mild-hybrid system dubbed ‘EQ Boost’. 

The 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine is part of a new family of engines from Mercedes that replace the old V6 power units. It makes 367hp and 500Nm of torque, and the electric motor can provide an additional 22hp and 250Nm boost when needed. 

That allows the GLE 450 to hit 100km/h from a standstill in a quick 5.7-seconds, on to the car’s 250km/h electronically-limited top speed. A nine-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the car’s all-wheel drive system (4Matic), which itself is capable of sending 100 percent of torque to either axle for maximum traction .

One option for those who might want to go off-road is the Off-Road Engineering package (S$9,100), which includes DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation), a low-range gearbox, and extended Off-Road+ drive mode. 

As a mild hybrid, it can’t run fully on electric power, but the hybrid capability allows it to coast with the engine totally shut off, as well as recuperate energy from braking that can be stored in the onboard battery pack. 

Despite that, the efficiency figures are not outstanding: Fuel consumption is 9.1L/100km and the Vehicle Emissions Scheme penalty is C2, or S$20,000. 

20-inch wheels, sports brakes, and adaptive air suspension are all standard, although the very advanced E-Active Body Control system is available as a S$31,000 option. It controls the suspension settings (spring and damper rates) at each wheel itself to counteract dynamic forces and produce what Mercedes claims to be a superlative level of comfort. 

The interior sees the latest MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system, featuring dual 12.3-inch screens, one for the driver’s information display. 

The other has touch-input for infotainment functions, although it can also be controlled by gesture (MBUX Interior Assist, a S$5,800 option that comes with a HUD), a rotary controller, touchpad, or a voice assistant you initiate by saying, ‘Hey Mercedes’. 

The car has grown significantly, with 105mm added to overall length, 80mm to wheelbase, 12mm to width, although it’s 24mm shorter than before – ending up with overall dimensions of 4,924mm length, 1,947mm width, 1,772mm height, and wheelbase of 2,995mm. 

That makes it bigger than the BMW X5 (4922mm long, 2975mm wheelbase) but smaller than the Audi Q7 of (5052mm long, 2994mm wheelbase).  

The first and second row of seats are electrically-adjustable, while the second row has an easy-open function to allow better access to the third row. Cargo space is quoted at 825-litres with the third-row folded down, and 2,055-litres with the second row folded.  

Third row looks best for short journeys rather than full road trips


crossover GLE Mercedes seven-seat SUV

About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CarBuyer – Revolutionizing The Online Car Marketplace In Singapore

Buy Used And New Cars Online
Start your car buying journey with CarBuyer as we connect you seamlessly to the industry’s best CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealerships. As a one stop car online portal you can now buy your new ride, be it a pre-owned car or a brand new car from trusted dealers all over Singapore, all in one place. Our ever expanding listing of quality and covet-worthy cars, new and second hand, from both owners and trusted car dealers, will leave you spoilt for choice. Refine your search by vehicle type, registration year, price, mileage, engine type, transmission, annual depreciation value and more to find the car that best suits your needs, taste and lifestyle. You can even search for your car by dealer or directly by owner.

Sell Your Car In An Instant With Confidence
We all know how selling a car in Singapore can be a daunting task especially for a first time car seller; from trying to get a valuation for your car, finding a trusted dealer, to getting the best quote on your vehicle. CarBuyer understands the hassle and even the costs involved and have as such partnered with Huawei to develop a FIRST in Southeast Asia AI car valuation tool that is able to provide a car’s resale value at the snap of a finger. Backed with a consortium of trusted CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealers you can be assured that you are getting the best price for your vehicle and do not have to worry about any hidden costs.

The Ultimate Car Shopping Experience Online
CarBuyer platform is the first of its kind to be backed by Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing, enabling it to be able to offer users transparency and enhanced security, all with the one aim of enhancing customer experience. So come on over to buy and sell used cars online at the best prices at CarBuyer Singapore. Connect easily with dealers in real-time via our online video call feature, or schedule a test drive when you’re ready. Have some questions? Get them answered instantly with our chatbot moderated by our responsive team. Stay in the loop with our car-related tips, reviews and news. Learn the ins-and-outs of your car, as well as global and Singapore’s car updates at your own pace.