- The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class gets updated with fresh looks and a 48-volt hybrid system.
- A new plug-in-hybrid GLE400e also joins the lineup; it makes a combined 381 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque.
- The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE-class sees similar changes, including updated styling and newly available features.
For 2024, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class and AMG GLE lineups gear up for a mid-cycle update, with significant revisions to the powertrain and a new hybrid member of the family. Mercedes also updates their interior and exterior styling, plus adds new standard features and options for the AMG-tuned versions.
The whole lineup is now electrified, with most models gaining a 48-volt hybrid system and integrated starter-generator. Peak output remains unchanged, with the V-8 AMG GLE63 S producing the highest output at 603 horsepower, and the four-cylinder GLE350 making the least, at 255. The AMG GLE53 also benefits from a larger turbocharger and updated software that increases peak torque from the previous 384 to 413 pound-feet, which is said to shave a few tenths off of its 60-mph time (a ’21 GLE53 coupe we tested hit that mark in 4.7 seconds).
The standard GLE-class adds the GLE400e 4Matic plug-in hybrid, which incorporates a 134-hp electric motor that pairs with the standard turbo-four gas engine to produce a combined 381 horses. The all-wheel-drive GLE400e has a standard 11.0-kW onboard charger and a 60.0-kW fast-charger is optional.
Visual changes are kept to a minimum for the new model. Chrome inserts were added in a few places up front to try and increase road presence, while both the headlights and taillights were restyled.
The front fascia on the AMG GLE53 is redesigned with shaplier side air intakes with a “jet-wing design,” according to Mercedes. The AMG badge is displayed in place of the standard Benz logo that normally adorns the hood. Paint options expand to include Twilight Blue metallic and Manufaktur Alpine Grey, with the AMG lineup adding new upholstery options too. The GLE63 S also comes with newly designed 22-inch forged wheels; they’re standard on the coupe and optional on the squareback body style.
The AMG variants also receive updated standard features. The AMG Performance exhaust system, MBUX Augmented Reality for Navigation, memory package, parking assistance package, heated and ventilated front seats, and AMG Performance Steering wheel are all newly standard for 2024.
In an attempt to lean in to the off-road capability of the GLE, the GLE580 is getting a new off-road package. The kit includes protection for the underbelly of the SUV and adds 1.2 inches of ground clearance over the standard model. A new “Off-Road” mode is added to the interface, giving access to a virtual view under the front of the vehicle, including the front wheels and steering position.
New trailer technology is also being added, allowing drivers to input and save trailer dimensions to the system. A new trailer assistant regulates steering angle and speed to help drivers reverse up to 90 degrees with a trailer attached.
While Mercedes hasn’t yet announced pricing, we expect those details to come out before 2024 versions of the Benz-branded GLE-class and its AMG counterparts reach dealerships sometime in 2023.