If you’re looking for Maybach-level luxury in a GLE SUV, the Hofele HGLE is your best bet

HOFELE has been in the customization business for almost four decades now. Based out of Donzdorf, Germany, the aftermarket company specializes in Mercedes-Benz models and has been doing so for a very long time. Right from the C-Class Coupe to the G-Wagon, the company has worked on all of them. This time, it has laid its hands on the GLE SUV. This model will be a part of Hofele’s ‘Ultimate’ Range and comes with noticeable changes on the outside as well as inside.

What Makes the Hofele HGLE Different?

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Called the “Ultimate HGLE”, this SUV is finished in a two-tone exterior shade. Hofele has gone the Mansory way and selected some really out of the box colors for the SUV. This ‘Ultimate’ design GLE has an Obsidian Black base with a Tiffany Gold over it. This Gold color is painted on the upper torso of the SUV, excluding the roof. It covers the hood, wing mirrors, window sills, spoiler, and the area below the rear windshield.

The two-tone definition looks like the Mercedes-Maybach GLS that the automaker showcased last year.

Up front, the Hofele-exclusive vertical slat grille features a huge ‘H’ logo in the middle for Hofele. At the tip of the hood, there’s a small emblem, which could’ve been for Mercedes-Benz, but is also Hofele. A contrasting strip stretches from this emblem to the top of the hood. The honeycomb mesh inserts on the bumper have a generous dosage of chrome surrounds. All-in-all, this blingy face won’t go unnoticed even in a herd of GLEs.

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The side profile will surely draw polarizing opinions, thanks to the new wheels that Hofele has added. The aftermarket company calls these 23-inch wheels ‘Hofele 23 Turbine forged alloy wheels’. As if the turbine wheels weren’t enough to put us off, Hofele also thought it would be a good idea to paint them in a delicate light gold shade with a polished front surface. The C-pillar receives an ‘H’ badge as well. The rear doesn’t receive a whole lot of changes. Other than the dual-tone paint, the highlights include a gloss black finish to the rear valance with matching black twin exhaust tips.

How Plush Is It On The Inside?

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The cabin receives quite a few changes to differentiate it from the standard Mercedes GLE.

Hofele has replaced the rear bench seat with two captain seats along with a center console that separates them.

The rear-seat passengers even receive their own infotainment screens. The company has reupholstered the standard seats with a blend of Napa leather and Alcantara. The seats are stitched in light gold piping to complement that exterior shade. It’s not just the seats; the company has even used this material in nooks and crannies where people don’t generally tend to look. These include the plastic panes and panels as well. Apart from this, even the lower and upper dashboards are finished this fine leather and Alcantara.

To make the vehicle feel even more premium, Hofele has made use of a not-so-usable high gloss black wood floor with aluminum trim in the rear luggage compartment.

There Are No Changes Under The Hood

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Hofele has not made any tweaks to the drivetrain.

The HGLE is based on the Mercedes GLE 450, so it is powered by a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder turbocharged engine that churns out 362 ponies and 269 pound-feet of torque.

It is also equipped with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Power is sent to the wheels via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. It takes 5.5 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill. As for the towing capacity, the GLE 450 can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 specifications
Engine 3.0-liter, six-cylinder turbocharged
Horsepower 362 HP
Torque 269 LB-FT
Transmission nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic
0 to 60 mph 5.5 seconds
Towing capacity 7,700 pounds

Final Thoughts

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This example shown here is based on the GLE45, but Hofele says you can have the ultimate package on the full range of the GLE SUVs; right from the 300d to the GLE 63 AMG. There is no word on the pricing yet. In the standard form, the GLE 450 costs € 76,100.50 in Germany, which is approximately $85,450. Expect the pricing of the Ultimate HGLE to go north of the $100,000 figure with the Hofele treatment.

Mercedes has the luxurious version of the GLS series in the form of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, but there’s no Maybach GLE series. So, people who want a grandiose GLE, they can opt for this treatment by Hofele on any of the GLE models.

How did you like this plush SUV? Let us know in the comments section below.

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“Ultimate HGLE” by HOFELE - based on the Mercedes-Benz GLE – SUV

The latest model in the HOFELE “Ultimate” range – based on the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Here we see from HOFELE another elegant and luxurious enhancement of one the finest from Mercedes-Benz. ¬¬¬¬¬

This latest model by HOFELE carries on the “Ultimate” design theme of a two-tone finish to the exterior, this time in Tiffany Gold over Obsidian Black which is complimented by the signature HOFELE 23” ‘Turbine’ forged alloy wheels uniquely finished in a delicate light gold with a polished front surface. Further enhancements to the exterior include the unique HOFELE front grille, redesigned front bumper with chrome styling accents and the very elegant chrome centre line for the bonnet. To the rear the changes by HOFELE include a gloss black finish to the rear valance with matching black twin exhaust finishers.
The Ultimate HGLE featured here is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLE 45¬¬¬¬0, the HOFELE enhancements are available to be included to the full range of GLE SUV models, from the 300d right the way up to the GLS 63.

As always with HOFELE the interior is a very special place to be, the original rear bench seat has been replaced by two individual seats separated by a centre console to create a truly bespoke space. As we recently saw on the GLS by HOFELE the interior has been completely reupholstered using the finest Napa leathers and Alcantara, every visible and touchable surface has received the HOFELE attention to detail, including the complete upper and lower dashboard and even to the small areas on the side of the seats that are normally left in plastic.

The perforation and stitching design unique to HOFELE are complimented with light gold piping. The additional style and luxury can even be seen in the rear luggage compartment that is finished with a high gloss back wood floor with aluminium trim.

The finished result combines a contemporary design using modern manufacturing techniques with the time-honoured tradition of hand craftmanship to create a bespoke premium vehicle that will surely stand out amongst the many premium SUV’s available today.

HOFELE-Design GmbH is an authorised contractual partner for Mercedes-Benz AG for the supply and enhancement of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. The company based outside of Stuttgart, Germany has been in operation for over 35 years and now works exclusively with the Mercedes-Benz brand. This year HOFELE have launched their new models based on the EQC, E-Class Cabriolet, G-Wagon, GLS and now the GLE, and we are told there are more to come soon. As well as the supply of complete BESPOKE vehicles HOFELE also carries out enhancements for clients who want to upgrade their standard Mercedes-Benz models.

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