Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2016 GLE SUV, which officially replaces the popular M-Class SUV. The big news is that the GLE also introduces Mercedes’ first plug-in hybrid SUV – the GLE500e, which can travel up to 19 miles in electric mode. The best part is that it can even travel at speeds up to 81 mph in electric mode, which is much faster than many other plug-in hybrids.


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With a total 436 horsepower on tap from the combination of a 3.0L V6 engine and an electric motor, the GLE500e packs more power than many sports cars. Mercedes-Benz describes the GLE550e has having the fuel consumption of a more fuel efficient 3.0L car, but with the versatility of an SUV. The plug-in hybrid system has four driving modes: Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge. Mercedes-Benz estimates that it will only take about two hours to recharge the battery using a 220-volt outlet.

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“State-of-the-art and efficient drive technology, combined with superior ride quality and the versatility and robustness typical for SUVs – the new GLE has all the ingredients to continue the success story of our best-seller,” stated Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Mercedes-Benz has not announced with the GLE500e will be available, but this fall the automaker will also release plug-in hybrid versions of its popular C- and S-Class models.

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