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  • Previewing the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE

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    With Mercedes looking to continue its highly successful SUV line with the 2017 GLE, we decided to take a closer look at the vehicle, to see what you can expect.

    Unsurprisingly, the 2017 GLE will feature all-wheel drive. Powered by 4MATIC technology, this allows the SUV to continuously stay on-top of the traction in order to manage the torque individually for every wheel. So instead of apportioning the drive 50:50 between the front and the rear, the GLE is able to vary the ratio depending on grip levels. It's a feature that makes the GLE stand out from some of its SUV competitors and certainly makes a difference when it comes to heading off-road.

    Mercedes have also ensured that the GLE 500e lives up to its eco-friendly promise. Although the pure electric mode only has a range of 18 miles, it produces a top speed of 80mph. Additionally, you can expect to get 76 miles to the gallon, not a bad return for an SUV, particularly if you consider it can achieve low CO2 emissions of 78 g/km.

    Mercedes have also put safety front and centre of the GLE 2017 thanks to its 'collision prevention assist plus' feature. Designed to aid the driver if they happen to find themselves in a hazardous situation, the collision prevention will kick into action by braking significantly if it determines that you're heading for an accident.

    The GLE also benefits from some striking design. The front section, in particular, stands out with its twin-louvre grille and full LED headlamps. Elsewhere, you'll find big air intakes and power domes on the bonnet, all designed to ensure the GLE's imposing and confident look lives on into 2017.

    So, how much does it cost? Well at just over £50,000, the GLE doesn't come cheap, but with its combination of 4MATIC all-wheel drive, hybrid technology, safety advancements and striking design, Mercedes will be hoping that the GLE 2017 model continues the success of the line.