pricing is now available for the redesigned 2020 mercedes-benz gle-class suv. after we drove it in november in texas, we wondered if the gle hadn't set a new benchmark for the class; the only real question was its price.
the gle will go on sale in 2019 in two versions: the gle350 and gle450. the 350 comes in either rear-wheel-drive or 4matic all-wheel-drive configurations, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder used engine making 255 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. the 450 comes standard with awd and is powered by a turbocharged inline-six-cylinder used engine with a mild-hybrid system, good for 362 hp and 369 pounds-feet of torque. awd 350s and 450s arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2019; rwd 350s will follow in the summer.
the gle350 without 4matic will start at $54,695. awd-equipped models will cost an extra $2,500 and will start at $57,195. upgrading to the gle450 4matic and adding the two extra cylinders as well as mercedes' mild-hybrid technology will cost $4,950, bringing the starting price to $62,145. pricing for the state-of-the-art e-active body control suspension technology, available only on the gle450, has not been released yet, nor has it for any other optional features.
related: here's our full preview of the 2020 mercedes-benz gle-class
that puts the gle's pricing firmly in the range of its german competitors — more expensive, but only by hundreds of dollars, not thousands. the 2019 audi q7 starts at $54,545 with a turbocharged four-cylinder used engine , and the six-cylinder 2019 bmw x5 xdrive40i starts at $61,695. the 2019 x5 is also available with a v-8 used engine ; the x5 xdrive50i will start at $76,745. the gle will likely have a version to challenge that at some point — perhaps an amg or amg-adjacent variant — though not at launch.
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