2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2015 BMW X5

BMW X5, Interesting, Others | March 26th, 2015 by 5
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Photo comparison between the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the 2015 BMW X5. The new Mercedes GLE will debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show

New competition for the 2015 BMW X5 will arrive next week at the New York Auto Show. Mercedes will celebrate the world premiere of its GLE SUV. As part of its model refinement, the ML is renamed GLE, which is based on the recently renewed nomenclature around the letters A, C, E and S. The GLE is an SUV based on the E-Class.

The front of the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE is closely related to that of BMW X6 SAC opponent, GLE Coupe, while the rear resembles the current M-Class. At the front, the GLE sports big air intakes, and standard models wear an attractive two-bar grille. The prominent C-pillar and wraparound rear glass are still present, while the character lines running across the side of the car are sportier and more aggressive-looking.

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The interior for the GLE is practically identical to its Coupe counterpart, starting with a sporty, multi-function steering wheel and a large infotainment display, and ending with a center-console-mounted dial controller.

GLE’s engine range includes two diesels only, the 204 hp four-cylinder diesel GLE 250d and a 258 hp V6 diesel. In the petrol range, Mercedes offer the GLE 400 with 333 hp and the 435 hp GLE 500.

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The entry level GLE300d 4MATIC with a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder diesel makes 201 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. The entry-level engine is available with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive 4Matic; a stronger diesel engine as a rival to the BMW X5 xDrive40d or M50d is not planned. The gasoline-fueled GLE350 with a 3.5-liter V6 delivers 302 hp and 273 lb-ft, and it’s also available with 4Matic. The GLE400 4Matic uses a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 to make 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The top model, GLE500 delivers 435 horsepower.

Mercedes offer a hybrid model also, the GLE550e, which outputs 436 hp and 479 lb-ft. The standard models all use versions of the 7G-tronic gearbox. Just like the X5 xDrive40e, the GLE plug-in hybrid SUV has a range of around 30 kilometers on electric power.

Deliveries will begin in August.


[Photos: Bimmertoday]

5 responses to “2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2015 BMW X5”

  1. CDspeed says:

    Why does Mercedes still think the back bumper is a good place for the charge port? Given the length of the car you may have to back in at public chargers every time. Unless, that’s what they’re planning, maybe they want to discourage owners from hogging chargers trying to replenish the tiny amount electric range they have. Out of the three plug-ins from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, Audi’s is the best provided that it’s EPA rating in electric mode holds up to what Audi claims. Still though, if Audi aimed at 35 miles of range in EV mode they most likely will beat BMW and Mercedes.

  2. Mike Vella says:

    The Merc is a great looking car overall, but man, that center console and first gen ipad looking screen. Do not like.

  3. Icebreaker says:

    The interior is rubbish in the merc looks so cheap and old!

  4. Alex F says:

    The Mercedes is a visual affront, whoever is designing the front ends over there needs to be fired ASAP. The interior is also very outdated, kinda sad that the C-Class is much nicer to sit in at damn near half the price in some markets

  5. jitorres4 says:

    I love the interior of the X5/X6 and personally think it is so much better than the GLE’s. I just wish BMW would offer the Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster on the X5.

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