Here it is! The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class stopped by for a training class this week. It was my first opportunity to see the new coupe version of the soon to be refreshed M-Class (now GLE-Class).
And here it is next to the standard version of the 2015 M-Class. Quite a difference! Note the 22″ wheels on this particular model. 21″ is standard!
I was not sure I was going to like this model as I DO NOT like similar SUV/Coupe models on the market now. However, now that I have seen it in person it is definitely growing on me! This car is bigger than the pictures make it seem. The rear end comes almost to my shoulder!
The interior is beautiful! It is a very sculpted and coupe-like cockpit with very elegant finishes. My trainer specifically pointed out that the matte finish wood reduces interior glare.
So, there you have it! have you been looking for a super powerful SUV? With coupe styling? And 22″ wheels? I’ll have it starting in August!
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic will be arriving in August as a replacement for the current ML550. This new model will be a bi-turbo V6 with a long list of standard features and have improved fuel economy over the current V8. The only V8 variant for the US will be the ML63 AMG which will be manufactured in very limited numbers for 2015.
Engine: M276 3.0L V6 biturbo with Direct Injection
329 Horsepower and 354 lb-ft of Torque
Navigation map updates included for 3-years with COMAND with Navigation
No more 6-disc changer! – Single disc CD/DVD standard
Premium 1 and Lane Tracking Packages Standard
Keyless-GO, harman/kardon, Ambient Lighting Standard
The Mercedes-Benz factory in Alabama is a marvel – A little bit of Germany right here in the southeast, assembling some of the best cars in the world! Here is a look behind the scenes with AL.com. There is a video, pictures and an interesting article.
They even made a joke:
“Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa County plant is having a major growth spurt right now, as it prepares to launch production of the C-Class sedan next year. But there won’t be any trips to the off-road test track for that model.
“You could go 70 percent downhill – once,” Grossmann joked. “Then it’s done.”
There are a few special order options for our SUVs that do not show up on the Mercedes-Benz website. Lately I have had a lot of questions about the Upholstery Wrapped Dashboard (code U09) that is available for the ML-Class and GL-Class. It is a $330 option, plus the special order charge of $250. It adds stitched MB-Tex to the dashboard and door panels. I have included pictures of a 2013 ML550 with this option and the special order option H09 – Brown Satin Ash Wood Trim. Thanks for sharing Lloyd!