2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e PHEV SUV Revealed

by Heather Platt | Posted on Sunday, March 29th, 2015

For the first time in its SUV history, Mercedes-Benz offers a plug-in hybrid model, the 2016 GLE550e 4MATIC, which combines maximum efficiency with outstanding performance.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e

The 2016 GLE550e 4MATIC is company’s third plug-in hybrid in the range, after the 2015 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and the 2016 C 350e.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e 4MATIC with plug-in hybrid drive combines the power and refinement of a V8 engine with the fuel consumption of a three-liter car and the versatility of a premium SUV. The drive system components comprise a V6 direct-injection gasoline engine with 329 hp and a hybrid module with 114 hp of electric power.

The system peak torque is a massive 479 lbs-ft. In addition to impressive acceleration thanks to the boost function, the innovative system drive also offers all-electric driving at speeds up to 81 mph, optimized energy recovery thanks to the intelligent operating strategy and comfort functions such as pre-entry climate control in summer and winter.

With a power consumption of 16.7 kWh/100 km, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC is the benchmark in this market segment. In addition, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e is capable of up to 30 km (18.6 mi) of all-electric driving.

A selector switch on the center console and the instrument cluster offer the driver a choice between four specific operating modes:

– HYBRID: the system controls automatically select the most sensible operating mode with combustion engine and/or electric motor for optimising the overall energy balance
– E-MODE: all-electric driving
– E-SAVE: this mode preserves the current state of charge of the battery to be able to drive on all-electric power at a later time, for example in urban traffic
– CHARGE: battery is charged while driving and when the vehicle is stationary

The compact hybrid module is fully integrated into the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. The electrical energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 8.8 kWh, which can be recharged using public charging stations, the wallbox charger at home or on a conventional 220 volt power outlet. The charging time using the wallbox charger or the charging station is around two hours.

Intelligent drive system management

The best strategy for efficient driving has always been anticipatory driving without unnecessary braking and accelerating. This is even more important in a hybrid model: because braking manoeuvres serve not only to deliver deceleration, but are also used to recover kinetic energy.

The route or the traffic also has influence on the most efficient charging and discharging of the high-voltage battery. For this reason the intelligent drive system management aids the driver with specific control strategies in adopting the most efficient driving style.

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