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16th of October 2018

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Is Now a Three-Row Crossover - Motor Trend

The Mercedes-Benz GLE may be one of the best-sellers in the midsize luxury crossover segment, but that doesn't mean it couldn't use a redesign. Despite a name change and an update for 2016, the current car has been on sale since 2011. If Mercedes wants to challenge the Lexus RX, it needs something less dated. Something like the 2020 GLE.

From the outside, the new GLE doesn't offer a lot of surprises. It gets the latest iteration of Mercedes' "sensual purity" design language that's almost entirely devoid of sharp corners and straight lines. We wouldn't call it gorgeous, but the design works. At worst, it's inoffensive.

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Compared to the current version, the 2020 GLE has also grown considerably. Its wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer, a change that Mercedes says adds 2.7 inches of legroom behind the front seats. More important, though, the GLE now has room for an optional third row that adds seating for seven. As with other midsize crossovers, the back seat looks cramped, but smaller passengers may not mind.

Inside, the current GLE's button-heavy center console is gone, replaced with the latest version of the German automaker's dual-screen display. But although everything is immediately recognizable as a modern Mercedes, interior designers tweaked what they could to give the GLE's cabin a look of its own. Based on our recent drive of a GLE prototype, we fully believe Mercedes' claims that the new model is more comfortable than before, especially in the second row.

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At launch, the GLE will be available with two different engines. The GLE 350 gets a 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The GLE 450, however, pairs a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system good for 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of which GLE you choose, shifting is handled by a nine-speed automatic.

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