New GLE SUV comes with three rows of seats; India launch likely next year.

Mercedes has released the first set of images and details regarding the next-generation GLE SUV, which will be shown to the public for the first time at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor show.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE will introduce two important new technologies to the Mercedes brand: an advanced suspension system, surpassing even that found on the flagship S-class, and a plug-in hybrid variant with a “particularly long range”, said to offer over 80km of electric-only travel.

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Other engine options in some international markets include an inline six-cylinder petrol engine and a 48V motor, the same unit as seen as in the new CLS, and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. All will use a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The GLE 450 4Matic will produce 367hp, with a further 22hp available for short periods via EQ Boost, which uses the 48V system. Information on the GLE 300d is not yet confirmed.

Mercedes claims the GLE’s 4Matic all-wheel drive “ensures great agility on road and superior performance off the beaten track”. The system controls the torque distribution between the front and rear axle from 0 percent to 100 percent, depending on the driving mode. The optional off-road package has fully variable all-wheel drive with low and high range available; a feature that Mercedes says is a world-first.

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The new suspension system is a more advanced version of the Magic Body Control found on the S-class. Also claimed to be a first-of-its-kind, the spring and damping forces are individually controlled at each wheel, counteracting not only body roll but also pitch and squat.

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