The luggage capacity is up to 825l behind the rear seats, and up to 2,055l when the second row is folded down. A 72mm increase in through-loading width allows bulky items to be stowed more easily.
At extra cost, larger families can opt for a folding third seat row which provides two extra seats, and an easy entry function that allows passengers to reach the rearmost seats without squeezing.
Styling-wise the new GLE adopts a more powerful facade with its upright octagonal grille, the prominent chrome-plated underguard and bonnet with two power domes. The striking visage is emphasised by a distinctive headlamp design by day and night, and optionally available are Multibeam LED headlamps with a particularly long-range beam of light.
Improved aerodynamics accompany the more purposeful design, and the Cd figure has reduced from 0.32 to a segment-best 0.29 as a way of keeping fuel bills down. The body structure of the new GLE is about 20% more torsionally rigid than the previous model’s, providing benefits to both driving refinement and handling agility.
An optional E-Active body control package independently regulates the suspension at each wheel, preventing excessive body roll during cornering and also keeping the vehicle level under hard acceleration or braking.
E-Active also has the technical wizardry to "bounce" the vehicle out of sand or mud in case it gets stuck.
The new GLE debuts latest-generation driving assistance systems including Active Distance Assist Distronic with route-based speed adaptation. With this feature the vehicle is able to respond to LiveTraffic info — ideally before the driver or the radar and camera sensors detect the hold-up or hazard. When a traffic jam is detected, the vehicle’s speed is reduced to about 100 km/h as a precaution, unless the driver decides otherwise.
Once the tailback dissolves, the GLE accelerates back up to the set speed. The system also automatically sets the vehicle to the signposted speed limit, unless the driver chooses to override it.
There are also functions that help you avoid hitting cars in your blind spot, and a self-steering function that keeps the GLE in its lane. There’s also a new function which comes into play when the driver intends to turn across the oncoming lane: if the driver fails to spot oncoming traffic due to their view being blocked, the GLE can autonomously brake.
The innovations continue with a smart windscreen wiper/washing system called Magic Vision Control that saves washer fluid by precisely metering the fluid according to ambient temperature and road speed. The automated procedure distributes warm washer fluid onto the windscreen along the entire length of the wiper blades using channels and hoses.