Cars Mercedes Mercedes GLE-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE High Resolution Exterior
- image 623857
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Seven-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    302 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    48500 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

About to surpass 1.6 million units sold since the first generation arrived in 1997, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is one of the most successful premium SUVs in the world. Launched in 2011, the third-generation M-Class introduced a number of innovations compared to its two predecessors, most of them regarding active safety, comfort features and improved fuel economy. Almost four years later, the mid-size SUV has received a thorough mid-cycle facelift that also incorporates a name-change, to align the model with the latest Mercedes-Benz nomenclature.

The German carmaker has recently rearranged its lineup naming scheme, with almost all its SUVs designations to include the "GL" moniker, followed by a letter that facilitates each model’s orientation in the lineup. The only SUV excluded from the renaming decision is the venerable G-Class. With that in mind, the M-Class has now become the GLE-Class, so let’s see if the mid-life refresh and name-change have resulted in a better model.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

80 photos

Latest Mercedes GLE-Class news and reviews:

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

Set to arrive in 2018!

Although it received a new name for the 2016 model year, switching from M- to GLE-Class, Mercedes’ current midsize SUV is far from new. Sure, the facelift brought many updates inside and out, but the truth is that the GLE is already six years old as of 2017 and a bit long in the tooth. But this will change soon, as Mercedes-Benz is already testing prototypes of the next-generation model on public roads. The high-performance AMG GLE63 is the latest version to make contact with our paparazzi, on the iconic Nurburgring track.

The new GLE is set to gain numerous and important updates, most coming from the E-Class sedan, on which it is based on. The AMG version will get similar upgrades, including an almost identical drivetrain to the AMG E63 four-door. There will be a big tech update, as well as significant gains in the performance department, due to a lighter curb weight and a more powerful drivetrain. Details are still under wraps as of this writing, but the upcoming GLE63 isn’t much of a mystery since we already know everything about the AMG E63 sedan. Join me in my speculative review to find out more about this high-performance SUV.

Updated 12/06/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLE62 out for a new testing session, this time around the famous Nurburgring track.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GLE63.

Read more
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes looks to give the GLE a new look just two years after after the big name change

When Mercedes decided to switch up its naming protocols for its model lineup, things got a little confusing, especially for models that received a new model designation as part of a mid-cycle facelift. And that explains why we’re looking at spy shots of the next-gen GLE-Class despite the fact that the model technically made its world debut for 2016. The first GLE models are soon to be forgotten about as Mercedes is busy prepping and testing an all-new generation to go with the new GLE nomenclature.

At this point, the test mule that we believe to be the next-gen GLE is covered pretty heavily in camo and padding. While this makes it hard for us to determine what kind of changes to expect, the sheer amount of coverings in certain areas tells us that there will likely be some significant change – enough change that the GLE will finally become its own model and not just a rebadged ML. We expect to see a number of changes up front and in the rear, but the side profile will likely change very little. Furthermore, Mercedes may throw a couple new or revamped engines into the equation to give things an even fresher taste.

As of the time of this writing, the timetable for the release of the next-gen GLE has yet to be announced, but it will likely make its world debut sometime in early 2017 and could hit showrooms for the 2018 model year. Until that happens, let’s take a look at these spy shots and talk a little more about the next generation.

Update 03/14/2017: The Mercedes GLE was caught testing in the wild once again, this time wearing a more official front fascia and grille. We also get a first look at the revised interior, so check out our special updates in the exterior and interior sections below to learn all about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the next generation Mercedes GLE.

Read more
2017 Mercedes GLE Coupe CLR G800 By Lumma Design

2017 Mercedes GLE Coupe CLR G800 By Lumma Design

Mercedes tuner gives Merc’s coupe-SUV an attitude adjustment

Lumma Design has made quite a name for itself by developing aftermarket programs for premium SUVs in the market. Over the past few years, we’ve seen the German tuner work on models like the BMW X6 and X6 M, Range Rover Sport, and Jaguar F-Pace. It’s an impressive list that just got a little more impressive with the presentation of Lumma’s new tuning kit for the Mercedes GLE Coupe that features an extensive list of upgrades on the coupe SUV, including power enhancements that give the GLE Coupe – in this instance, the 450 AMG – an impressive output of 449 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque.

Some of you might think that the power gains aren’t all that impressive since the GLE family has AMG variants, including the AMG GLE 63. You’d be right in a sense, but it also doesn’t paint the full picture of the versatility of this particular model and how Mercedes was able to create a lineup of GLE Coupes that differentiate themselves effectively from one another.

The GLE 450 AMG Coupe for example slots in quite nicely as an entry level AMG model that’s best offered for customers who aren’t too keen on going the full performance route with the AMG GLE 63. In fact, Lumma’s CLR G800 program for the 450 AMG is able to bridge that power and performance gap between the two variants, ensuring that owners of the lower rung GLE Coupe can have their cake and eat them too. It may not get all the way there as the AMG GLE 63 Coupe still packs 557 horsepower, but at least it’s in the ballpark.

Add all the cosmetic and aerodynamic enhancements that are also included in the CLR G800 kit and you get a program that’s actually quite appealing for owners of the GLE 450 AMG Coupe.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes GLE 450 AMG Coupe CLR G800 by Lumma Design.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 By Brabus

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 By Brabus

German tuner gets to work on the baby AMG GLE

Raise your hand if you’re still not used to seeing the Mercedes GLE Coupe? I hate to admit it, but I count myself in this group and a big part of that was seeing the BMW X6 for so long and not having a rival coming from the Silver Arrows. But finally in 2015, seven years after the X6 was unveiled, Mercedes launched the GLE Coupe. Why the quick history lesson, you ask? Its because the GLE Coupe is one of the most relevant crossovers/SUVs in the premium crossover/SUV market today and it’s also become the apple of the aftermarket industry’s eye.

Take Brabus for example. The German tuner is famous for being one of the best Mercedes tuners in the game. It has a program for just about every Mercedes model in the market today, and not surprisingly, it’s already prepared two unique tuning kits for the GLE, one being the GLE 63S and the other being the GLE 850. So what does Brabus do now that it has these programs in the mix? It develops a third program, that’s what.

This new kit is specific to the AMG GLE 43 Coupe, the little brother to the AMG GLE 63. In keeping with the spirit of a Brabus-tuned Mercedes, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe gets a load of refinements covering a few surfaces of the coupe SUV. Yes, it even has interior upgrades. They’re not much, but they still count for something, right?

The real highlight though is Brabus’ 410 kit, which you can imagine gets really busy on the AMG GLE 43’s 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 engine, bringing out a total output of 404 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s more to the kit than what I’ve mentioned, which is why now’s the perfect time to take a look at all details.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupe by Brabus

Read more
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43

Another alphabet soup crossover from Merc

Mercedes’ mid-size luxury SUV, the GLE-Class, started life in 1997 as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The five-door crossover received two generational updates since its initial debut, the first of which was issued in 2005. The third gen arrived in 2011, and four years later, Mercedes gave it a facelift, revealing the update in January at the North American International Auto Show. With the facelift came a name change, with the M-Class badge retired in favor of GLE-Class, per Mercedes’ revamped naming strategy. Now, for the 2017 model year, Mercedes is replacing the GLE400 and GLE450 AMG with the new AMG GLE43. Essentially the same five-passenger performance SUV as the outgoing GLE450 AMG, the AMG GLE43 is framed as a stylish, high-tech, relatively quick SUV, with a dollop of family-oriented practicality and autonomous safety features spread on top.

The AMG GLE43 joins its slightly slimmer sibling, the GLE43 coupe, in Mercedes’ ever-expanding AMG lineup. In case you were unaware, AMG is essentially Mercedes’ in-house tuning division, similar in purpose to BMW’s M division.

For 2017, AMG will be celebrating 50 years of making fast Mercedes vehicles even faster, with plans of offering no less than 34 different AMG-branded models for the new model year. Included in the list is a host or performance SUVs, including the GLE43 featured here.

Traditionally, AMG models are the bad boys of the Mercedes stable, offering barely contained race-inspired dynamics that make you question just how street legal they really are. However, these days, those three little letters are tossed around a little more generously, which begs the question – is this crossover worthy of an AMG badge?

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GLE43.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d By Chrometec

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d By Chrometec

German tuner splashes some chrome and adds some power to the GLE

The Mercedes GLE Coupe may very well be the most appealing model Mercedes has in its lineup (at least in my eyes that is), but even that doesn’t exempt it from getting some aftermarket love. That’s precisely the case here as German tuner Chromatic, known for its tuning programs for Mercedes models, has presented its aftermarket take on the GLE Coupe 350d. The result, among other things, is an increased output of 300 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the work Chrometec put into the GLE’s 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, the tuner is also offering plenty of chrome and carbon options for the SUV’s exterior. Customers can opt to have certain panels of the GLE finished in either chrome or carbon to add to the appeal of the vehicle. A new rear spoiler is also available, as is a set of wheels from wheel specialist Concave.

Taken piece by piece, Chrometec’s program isn’t going to excite anybody. But put them all together and the narrative turns to a unique kit for the GLE that certain owners can get behind.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Inferno by TopCar

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Inferno by TopCar

Russian tuner drops a comprehensive tuning kit for the GLE family

When BMW launched the X6 back in 2008, many thought that Mercedes-Benz would be quick to follow with a model of its own. Turns out, the three-pointed star was more than content to give the X6 an unimpeded run, thinking that it would run its course in due time. Well, for better or for worse, the X6 lives on. In fact, it has actually become one of BMW’s most important SUVs, something Mercedes finally admitted when it launched the GLE-Class in 2015, seven years after X6 broke cover.

As long overdue as the GLE’s arrival was, aftermarket companies evidently didn’t mind it one bit. In the short time that it’s been around, a handful of tuners have already built programs for different variants of the coupe-SUV. Wheelandmore has one. Mansory has one. Brabus has two. Even Topcar, the Russian tuner that’s made a business of tuning Porsches and naming their programs with weirdly affectionate names, is getting in on the fun.

Its kit, appropriately dubbed the Inferno, comes with all the bells and whistles of a comprehensive tuning program, including an aero kit, a spruced-up interior, and plenty of engine modification options that cover a significant population of the GLE family. Granted, it’s not the most powerful GLE program we’ve seen, nor is it the most audacious to look at. But it is complete, right down to the wheel options and the crocodile leather.

Those things count for something, especially when you’re dealing with a vehicle that still has that figurative "new car smell" label attached to it.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 By Mansory

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 By Mansory

German tuner rings up more power for Merc’s new coupe-SUV

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 has arguably had one of the most eventful few months of any model in the aftermarket business. In the span of four months, we’ve seen a handful of high-profile tuning firms release programs for the high-performance coupe-SUV. Brabus was the first to do it at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show. Wheelsandmore followed suit in December 2015 and then, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, we saw two more tuning firms present their own kits for the AMG GLE 63. One was Russian tuner TopCar. The other comes from its German counterpart, Mansory.

Yes, Mansory had a huge presence at Geneva and, while its most outlandish work was reserved for the 4XX Siracusa 488 GTB, this kit for the AMG GLE 63 is arguably the one that’s going to get the most mileage because of the popularity of the model it’s based on. The reality is that while we’ve been flooded with new kits for the AMG GLE 63, there still aren’t that many to choose from.

This particular kit isn’t as flamboyant as some of Mansory’s previous works, but it’s still bodacious enough to get the attention it deserves. The German tuner once again relied on its tried-and-true formula of providing upgrades to the vehicle’s exterior, interior, and engine, adding enough on each section to make it stand out compared to the standard AMG GLE 63, or any other tuning program that’s out on the market today.

Continue after the jump to rad the full story.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Inferno By TopCar

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Inferno By TopCar

New aftermarket program will be revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner and many automakers and aftermarket companies are in the final preparations for their respective displays at the world’s biggest auto show. Russian tuner Topcar has already announced its attendance in Geneva and its plan to bring three models to the show. Two of these models, the Porsche 991 Turbo S Stinger GTR and Porsche Cayenne Vantage, are the latest iterations in a long line of programs bearing the Stinger and Vantage names. The other one, the Mercedes GLE Coupe Inferno, is new to the family and will make its official debut in Geneva.

Like most of its programs, TopCar enhanced the GLE Coupe with a systematic body kit comprised of close to 20 unique components. That’s old hat for a company known to build some pretty exotic kits in the past. But this one’s different, partly because it’s the first kit TopCar has built for the GLE Coupe. The company has made no such announcements on any performance upgrade, but if its history of programs are any indication, expect one to be installed into the GLE Coupe’s engine, likely the more powerful 3.0-liter V-6. I don’t foresee any surprises coming out of TopCar as far as the engine mods are concerned, at least not to the extent of what fellow Mercedes tuner Brabus did when it presented its own GLE program - the Brabus 850 - at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

In any event, we’re going to learn more about TopCar’s Inferno program when it hits the showcase floor at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, check out what it did with all those aerodynamic upgrades.

Continue after the jump to read the review.

Read more
2015 Mercedes GLE 63 AMG by Wheelsandmore

2015 Mercedes GLE 63 AMG by Wheelsandmore

The Mercedes GLE-Class is a relative neophyte in the SUV game, having only made its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The GLE-Class takes the reigns from the M-Class as Mercedes’ resident mid-size SUV, bringing with it a new name and a renewed commitment towards becoming the best in its segment. Only a few months after the GLE’s debut, Mercedes pulled the covers off of its high-performance variant, the GLE 63 AMG.

With the GLE 63 AMG already out in the wild, aftermarket tuners are lining up to get their hands on the macho coupe-SUV. That includes Wheelsandmore, which actually already has a kit lined up for the GLE 63 AMG. The kit doesn’t have a name, which is somewhat surprising, but fancy nicknames notwithstanding, Wheelsandmore has once again lived up to its billing as one of the most thought-out tuners in the business.

The kit for the GLE 63 AMG follows the traditional tuning blueprint of the German tuner. It doesn’t have any exterior and interior modifications, but it does have comprehensive engine and wheel upgrades that bring a whole new face to the mid-size SUV. If people have ever wondered what the GLE 63 AMG can become if it ripped off its shirt and revealed itself to be a monster, it would probably look a lot like what Wheelsandmore did to it. Yes, the German tuner has turned the GLE 63 AMG into something akin to the Incredible Hulk. It’s an angry green monster with a lot of rage within it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes GLE 63 AMG by Wheelsandmore.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S By Brabus

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S By Brabus

Brabus is taking center stage at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show with yet another tuning kit for one of Mercedes’ newest models. Coinciding with the unveiling of the Mercedes S63 AMG Rocket 900 Desert Gold Edition, the German tuner has now pulled the covers off of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S - 700.

The new tuning program is for the GLE 63, Merc’s first offering to a coupe-SUV segment currently populated by the likes of BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne. The GLE has yet to gain the following that it’s competitors have had in years, but Mercedes, and Brabus by extension, hope to change that with programs like this one.

On its face, the B63S - 700 checks all the required boxes of a comprehensive program. It has cosmetic upgrades, aerodynamic improvements, and engine enhancements. It even has a suspension update, which goes to show how detailed this kit really is.

In the midst of all the changes made to the GLE 63, I still get the feeling that Merc’s coupe SUV still has to earn its keep. This Brabus program certainly gives it a little bit of credibility. But, that currency will only remain valid for as long as the GLE 63 is relevant. It’s too early to say how popular it’s going to be, but right now, it still has a lot of miles to cover before it can catch up with its more established rivals.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S By Brabus.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

For anyone who might have been confused that Mercedes-Benz decided to build a GLE 450 AMG Coupe but skipped over the regular GLE, here is the answer to your question. The third in the line of 450-badged AMG products, the GLE 450 AMG offers an alternative to those who want an AMG-ified GLE, but aren’t sold on the beast that is the 63-badged version of the GLE. This makes a good deal of business sense, as there is a fairly massive gap in prices between even more well-appointed trims of the mainstream GLE version and the lower 63 AMG trim.

The new vehicle isn’t quite as extreme as its 63-badged brother, both in terms of horsepower and looks. But it does fill a hole in the lineup in that way that German automakers love to do. And since it is so closely related to the GLE 450 AMG Coupe, there is a lot less mystery about how it drives than there would be if it were an entirely new model. It’s not a sluggish car by any means, but it is less about speed than it is about having a more stylish vehicle than the standard GLE. Those who want speed have the GLE 63 AMG.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC.

Read more
2016 Mercedes GLE Coupe 850 By Brabus

2016 Mercedes GLE Coupe 850 By Brabus

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe hasn’t been the best-received of vehicles. It’s another of those vehicles that tries so hard to fit into so many different niches that it doesn’t get any of them quite right. But Brabus knows that people will be willing to overlook a lot in the name of insane amounts of power, and if anyone can crank that kind of power out of the GLE Coupe, it is definitely Brabus. The new creation is given the name 850, the same as several other Brabus creations that are based off of 63-badged Mercedes products.

What makes the GLE Coupe 850 different from the other Brabus 850 products is that the base vehicle isn’t an AMG, as there is no AMG version of the GLE Coupe, at least not yet. The GLE63 S still uses the same engine as 63-badged AMG products, and it still costs nearly twice as much as the base model, but it isn’t quite as visually attention-grabbing as an AMG. So the GLE Coupe 850 might come as more of a shock than other 850 models. And yet, for all of the shocking craziness of the exterior, it is a surprisingly refined and civilized cabin.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes GLE Coupe 850 By Brabus.

Read more
Lewis Hamilton Drives The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: Video

Lewis Hamilton Drives The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: Video

Sporty crossovers are weird things. Even though most people have now abandoned the pretense that these machines will ever go off-road, it still seems vaguely unnatural for something so high off of the ground to be going fast, especially around corners. So if the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (which is not a coupe at all, it’s a four-door crossover) was built by any other company, that company might struggle to convince anyone to think of it as sporty. But Mercedes-Benz does not have this problem, because Mercedes-Benz can just call Lewis Hamilton.

The reigning Formula 1 world champion won the last season behind the wheel of a Mercedes, and now he’s in an ad, telling us that the GLE Coupe is sporty enough to satisfy even his unnaturally high standards for excitement. This is probably a bit of a stretch, but it’s far from being the most absurd claim to have ever been made in an advertisement, and Hamilton’s driving (assuming that it is Hamilton driving, but it would be pretty odd if it wasn’t) does a good job of showing off how well the car can handle when pushed.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Night Package

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Night Package

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a hit-or-miss kind of crossov… err.. coup… err… whatever the hell you want to call it. Some may find it the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle of hauling oddly shaped cargo, while others may consider it a model that answers not a single need. Regardless of how you may feel about it, folks must enjoy these models as they keep on coming, and they are even arriving with special packages, like the GLE Coupe’s Night Package.

Despite its odd proportions and funky looks, the GLE Coupe is entering a strange time in the world of luxury crossovers. In this world, vehicles are becoming increasingly niche-oriented, resulting in models like the BMW X4, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the BMW X6, the Range Rover Evoque, and the upcoming Audi Q Junior.

The Night Package does little to change the polarizing looks of the GLE Coupe. Instead, it adds just a touch of specialness by way of high-gloss-black mirror caps and grille louvers. This package is available with any of the GLE Coupe’s 11 exterior colors.

There is no mention of Mercedes limiting this package to any particular model within the GLE Coupe lineup, but I have a feeling that the AMG model will not have it available. This means that this package can have powertrains ranging from a 3.0-liter diesel V-6 with 258 horsepower to a 3.0-liter gasoline-fueled V-6 with 333 horsepower.

Pricing for the Night Package is unknown, but I wouldn’t expect more than a few hundred dollars.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Night Package.

Read more
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Goes Into Production At The Tuscaloosa Plant

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Goes Into Production At The Tuscaloosa Plant

With sales of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe set to commence later this summer, production of the odd-looking, coupe-like SUV kicked off this week. Introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the first customer-ready versions of the GLE Coupe started rolling off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz’s Tuscaloosa, AL plant, which just happens to be a five-hour drive from the Greer, SC assembly plant where the GLE Coupe’s main rival, the BMW X6, is built.

Love it or hate it, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe will be an interesting addition to the luxury SUV landscape when it hits dealerships, but Mercedes has yet to reveal final pricing or fuel economy ratings. Look for the GLE-Class Coupe to start somewhere in the mid-$60,000 range, considering that this model is a more style-driven version of the GLE-Class – the recently introduced replacement for the M-Class, which started at $48,300 for the 2015 model year.

The GLE Coupe will be assembled alongside the C-Class sedan as well as the GLE-Class and GLS-Class SUVs. Mercedes-Benz is referring to this year as its “year of the SUV,” and the sales numbers back that up as its SUV sales are already up about 32 percent through the first quarter of 2015.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

Besides the GLE, Mercedes-Benz has also unveiled the AMG version for this mid-size SUV, which also brings a change in nomenclature along with the mid-cycle facelift. The new GLE63 is more powerful than it’s predecessor, the ML63 AMG,.

The standard model is called GLE63 (not to be confused with the S version), just like its Coupe brethen. Powered by an engine as powerful as the old ML63 AMG with the optional Performance Package, the 2016 GLE63 is different than the model it replaces in some ways and is exactly the same in others. I say this because, for the first time in three generations, the AMG version for the mid-size premium SUV has gone through a truly massive transformation during the model’s refresh, while also keeping some of the features that made it famous.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

About to surpass 1.6 million units sold since the first generation arrived in 1997, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is one of the most successful premium SUVs in the world. Launched in 2011, the third-generation M-Class introduced a number of innovations compared to its two predecessors, most of them regarding active safety, comfort features and improved fuel economy. Almost four years later, the mid-size SUV has received a thorough mid-cycle facelift that also incorporates a name-change, to align the model with the latest Mercedes-Benz nomenclature.

The German carmaker has recently rearranged its lineup naming scheme, with almost all its SUVs designations to include the "GL" moniker, followed by a letter that facilitates each model’s orientation in the lineup. The only SUV excluded from the renaming decision is the venerable G-Class. With that in mind, the M-Class has now become the GLE-Class, so let’s see if the mid-life refresh and name-change have resulted in a better model.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Read more
Mercedes Will Drop Its 5.5-litre AMG V-8 Engine In 2016

Mercedes Will Drop Its 5.5-litre AMG V-8 Engine In 2016

The 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in almost every 63 AMG model will be phased out starting with 2016. That’s not a surprising decision considering that the bonkers 6.2-liter V-8 was also ousted for not being in line with fuel economy levels set by modern turbocharged engines. The replacement is slated to be the internally codenamed M157, a 4.0-liter V-8, and it’s destined for engine bays across the entire Mercedes range.

Essentially a twin-turbocharged and direct-injected variant of the older 5.5-liter V-8 found in the mid-2000s on just about every "500" model, the M157 delivers between 536 horsepower and 577 horsepower in select Mercedes-Benz models sporting the "63 AMG" moniker. The only exception is the all-new Mercedes-AMG C63, which is the first "63" variant to get the new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 also found in the Mercedes-AMG GT.

The M157 was initially introduced back in 2011 on the S63 and CL63 AMG. Afterwards it was rolled out on pretty much every large Mercedes-AMG model in the lineup. Even though it offers more torque and much better fuel economy than the now-legendary M156 6.2-liter V-8, the new 4.0-liter V-8 replacement will bring even better performance and efficiency numbers, along with an improved throttle response. The last all-new model to get the 5.5-liter will be the convertible version of the S63 AMG Coupe, with its reveal being due in 2016. Every large AMG model introduced after that will get the 4.0-liter V-8 with the so-called "hot vee" positioning of its turbochargers.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes-AMG’s new V-8 engine.

Read more
2014 TopSpeed Year in Review

2014 TopSpeed Year in Review

2015 is almost upon us, car lovers, and TopSpeed has one last post to close out the year that was 2014! As this little blue green ball we all inhabit completes yet another revolution around that warm spot of fusing hydrogen hanging in the sky, we tend to revert back to the time-honored tradition of summarizing a few of the big events that transpired over the course of the year. It’s a crossroads, a time to bask in the glory of past wins, as well as learn from prior mistakes in a bid to avoid such blunders in the future.

In many ways, 2014 was a time of great change and rebirth, with both exciting successes and catastrophic failures laced throughout. We’ve seen the glorious return of heroes like the Dodge Challenger, plus the emergence of exciting new technology like in the Toyota Mirai. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a glut of niche vehicles stretched thin between a variety of purposes, like the Mercedes GLE Coupe, as well as fatal corporate mistakes in a record-breaking year for automotive recalls.

Usually, we’re a glass-half-full kind of crowd, so we’re tempted to say, overall, this most recent spin around the sun yielded a net gain for the automotive world. Perhaps, but we suppose that’s still open for debate. Regardless, it’s been a mixed bag, no doubt about that. But don’t fret: we’re here to tie it up into one neat package for you.

Click past the jump to read our list of highs and lows from 2014.

Read more
10 Worst Cars of 2014

10 Worst Cars of 2014

While our 10 Best Cars of 2014 article was written to focus on the most newsworthy cars launched in the past year from a positive point of view, we figured that the circle could only be complete if we also take a look at some of the not-so-good vehicles that became part of our world in 2014. Obviously, the presence of some cars on the following list will probably anger a good amount of keyboard warriors and/or diehard fans out there, but that usually goes with the territory and you can’t please every reader every time.

As most of you know, no matter how much soul and poetry a carmaker exudes for some people, the automotive industry is just that, an industry. Industries, like every other business, are here to make money, because otherwise they would simply cease to exist sooner or later. Since marketing is a pretty big part of almost every business’ success, a lot of carmakers rely on intangible details such as brand or model image to sell their products, especially when talking about niche cars.

That is exactly where a lot of them go wrong sometimes, when newly-introduced cars don’t necessarily tick all the right boxes, or at least the minimum required in their brand DNA. From some points of view, this results in a bad car, while from others it simply means that one or more entities that helped to develop said car didn’t do a very good job at some point. Either way, the following list is in no way a professionally-made or objective one and each of the cars on it may very well become a best-seller and a huge success in the future.

With that being said, click past the jump to read more about the 10 Worst Cars Of 2014.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

BMW invented the coupe crossover segment back in 2009, and it has since been the supreme leader of that niche with the X6. As more and more automakers are considering building coupe-like crossovers, it’s become clear that the X6 will no longer be all alone in this niche in a couple of years, but up until now Mercedes-Benz is the only manufacturer that has actually released a competitor. Stuttgart confirmed there was a coupe crossover based on the M-Class underway at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, when it unveiled the Concept Coupe SUV. Eight months have passed since then, and Mercedes went on to launch the production version of the said concept under the GLE Coupe moniker. Essentially a crossover correspondent for the E-Class Coupe, the GLE Coupe takes its name from the company’s new naming system, which renames its entire SUV lineup but the boxy G-Class.

The GLE Coupe also marks the debut of the AMG Sport line, which bridges the gap between the range-topping model of the regular lineup and the massively powerful AMG. For the GLE, the trim will be known as the GLE 450 AMG and it will sport standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Unlike full-fledged AMG models, this sportier version will be motivated by a twin-turbo V-6. The GLE 450 AMG is also the first iteration of the GLE to hit U.S. shores, likely followed by the more powerful AMG version. Read on to find out more about Mercedes’ coupe competitor for the BMW X6.

Updated 12/10/2014: Mercedes unveiled the official details on the new GLE Coupe model, with just a few weeks before the car’s official debut in Detroit. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more on the upcoming Mercedes Coupe Crossover

Read more
Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes new naming strategy.

Read more
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Plug-In Hybrid

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Plug-In Hybrid

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was introduced in 1997 for the 1998 model year as a midsize, luxury SUV that boasted many industry-firsts. The first luxury SUV to feature electronic stability control, the M-Class was also the first crossover to offer front- and side-impact airbags with advanced occupant detection for the front passenger seat. The SUV made its dealership debut in North America as the ML320, which was powered by a 3.2-liter, V-6 engine linked to permanent 4MATIC four-wheel drive. The M-Class became a sales success in the United States, a trend that continued with the second-gen model between 2005 and 2011. A redesigned, third-gen model arrived in 2012, currently being sold in four guises across the U.S., ranging from the fuel-efficient ML250 BlueTEC to the powerful ML63 AMG. As we venture into 2015, when the M-Class is set to receive a facelift, the Germans are expanding the lineup by adding a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, its first for an SUV.

Likely to carry the GLE Plug-In moniker — the M-Class is set to become the GLE according to Mercedes’ new naming scheme — the hybrid SUV made its first public appearance in late October 2014, and our trusty paparazzi were at the right place and at the right time to capture it on the go. Read on to find out more about the vehicle and see it lap the Nurburgring.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes-Benz GLE Plug-In Hybrid.

Read more