Mercedes-Benz has revealed mid-life facelifts for its GLE and GLE Coupe large SUV range, bringing refreshed looks inside and out, plus some tech and powertrain upgrades.

    The facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLE range is due to arrive in Australia in August this year. Further details on local pricing, lineup and specification will be detailed closer to its launch.

    However a Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson did confirm that it still doesn’t plan on offering either of the European plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants here.

    On the outside, the updated GLE and GLE Coupe range gets new front bumpers, and updated LED headlight and tail light signatures. There are also new-look alloy wheels and exterior paint colours including sodalite blue metallic and Manufaktur alpine grey solid.

    Inside the GLE range gets the latest-generation MBUX infotainment on a pair of 12.3-inch screens, the centre one with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant has been improved and is capable of learning using online services.

    There’s also a new trailer route planner in the navigation system, through which you can plan routes more suitable for driving with a defined trailer size. Furthermore the clever Trailer Manoeuvring Assist function (in Europe at least) can be unlocked over-the-air.

    Other interior changes on regular GLE models include a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons, chrome dash highlights, and more interior upholstery colour combinations.

    In Europe the updated GLE and GLE Coupe engine range uses either a 48V mild-hybrid system with integrated starter-generator (ISG), or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system.

    Mild-hybrid engine options listed in Europe include the GLE 450 3.0-litre inline-six petrol with 280kW and 500Nm (up 10kW); GLE 300d 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel with 198kW and 550Nm (up 18kW); and GLE 450d 3.0-litre diesel six with 270kW and 750Nm (up 27kW).

    These 48V and ISG-toting models have an integrated starter-generator and offer an electric boost of 15kW and 200Nm for brief periods, and come with 4Matic variable AWD.

    Petrol and diesel PHEV variants get a “fourth generation” system using a 100kW and 440Nm electric motor and sizeable 31.2kWh battery, allowing a claimed electric driving range of up to 109km WLTP before the engines need to kick in.

    Seeing Mercedes-Benz Australia won’t be offering a GLE PHEV in updated form, it’s likely buyers seeking greater electrification will be directed to the electric EQE SUV instead.

    In 2022, Mercedes-Benz sold 3093 examples of the GLE wagon and 781 of the GLE Coupe. That put the GLE neck-and-neck with the X5 (3111 sales) and the GLE Coupe almost lineball with the X6 coupe SUV (690 sales).

    Lump all GLE sales together and it was the segment’s best-seller, albeit just 73 sales ahead of the combined X5/X6 tally. Updates for the larger GLS are expected to follow.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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