Weststar Associates Limited, authorised General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce the new GLE Mercedes-Benz to the Nigerian market.
The company in a statement yesterday said that the mid-sized Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment would be launched into the market by the first quarter of 2019.
The statement hinted that the auto company has marked a new era for the mid-sized segment with the GLE model, which had a new identity with a change from the M-Class nomenclature.
The statement said that the latest installment of the GLE was presented to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show with a number of mouthwatering last October.
The new GLE comes with a handful of innovations that have completely reconceived the SUV trendsetter.
Mr. Mirko Plath, Managing Director, Weststar Associates Limited, described the new GLE as one of the welcome innovations in the global automobile industry.
He pointed out that with features like the MBUX the world continues moving towards a more digitalised era and that Nigeria wasn’t left out.
With the growing demand for Mercedes-Benz cars in Nigeria, he believed the new GLE would be well-received.
Features like the E-Active Body Control, the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz assistance systems, 4MATIC which makes the GLE more off-road capable than ever, seating comfort with corresponding interior spaciousness and MBUX have been highlighted as the most important innovations in the new GLE.
The exterior design of the new GLE exudes a powerful presence. The front emphasises this with the upright radiator grille in an octagonal SUV interpretation, the prominent chrome-plated underguard and the bonnet with two powerdomes.
The distinctive headlamp design is another key feature; this comes with MULTIBEAM LED lights; the brightness of the main beam headlamps covers over a distance of more than 650 metres.
The side view highlights the wide C-pillar typical of the GLE, large wheels in sizes from 18 to 22 inches and the pillared roof rails or the optional illuminated running boards. While the rear stands out with the rear lights, reflectors and chrome plated underguard.
The interior design of the new GLE is luxuriously elegant and powerfully progressive. It comes with a sporty and stylist cockpit design in the dashboard.
The dashboard support flows into the door panels, and the integral trim element likewise extends around the driver and front passenger areas to meet the doors.
There is a new sport steering wheel with a striking, sculptured spoke design emphasizing the impressive appearance of the SUV’s interior.
Other features include good ergonomics, flowing leather surfaces, a broad area of trim and flush-fitting sunblinds. All the controls and displays are now in a new design.
The new GLE also comes with more space, it has a considerably longer wheelbase than its predecessor (2995 mm, plus 80 mm). This creates significantly more space, especially for passengers in the rear.
Legroom in the second seat row has increased by 69 mm to 1045 mm. Headroom in the rear with the standard, fixed rear seat unit and 40:20:40 split backrest has been increased by 33 mm to 1025 mm.
As a world first in the SUV segment, a second seat row with 6 fully electric adjustments is now available. Another key highlight is the luggage capacity which is up to 825 litres behind the rear seats and up to 2055 litres when the second seat row is folded down.
The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) is one of the key highlights in the new GLE, it makes its debut in a Mercedes-Benz SUV after its successful introduction in the A-Class last year.