No. 997
May 22, 2019

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MAY 22, 2019

Editor-in-Chief's Note: Some unexpected fun from BMW upon the occasion of Dieter Zetche's retirement from Daimler-Benz. Watch "Retirement is about exploring your wide open future" here. -PMD

Mercedes-Benz will expand the GLE model range with the introduction of the V8-powered Mercedes-Benz GLE 580 4MATIC. The top line GLE features a 483HP biturbo V8 with 516 lb-ft of torque, a 48-volt on-board electrical system and integrated starter generator. In addition, the GLE 580 4MATIC is capable of producing an extra 184 lb-ft of torque and 21 horsepower through EQ Boost over short periods. The integrated starter generator (ISG) is responsible for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost and energy recuperation, resulting in fuel savings previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology. The innovative ISG eliminates the need for a belt drive for ancillary components at the front of the engine, which reduces its overall length. The slim design of the engine, together with the physical separation of the intake/exhaust, creates space for a close-coupled exhaust after treatment. The 48V on-board electrical system serves not only high power consumers, such as the water pump and air-conditioning compressor, but also the integrated starter-generator (ISG), which also supplies energy to the battery by means of highly efficient energy recuperation. The GLE 580 4MATIC also features an extensive list of standard equipment including AIRMATIC air suspension with adaptive damping, leather upholstery, exterior AMG Line, and it is optionally available with 22” wheels. The GLE 580 4MATIC starts at $76,800 and will be available late this year.