Most of the L.A. Auto Show product intros centered either a new EV or SUV – sometimes both – Mercedes-Benz took on the latter with the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE.
The new GLE is more evolution than revolution with the updates for the 2020 model focusing more on innovation than design makeover. The new model gets updates on its existing advanced driver assistance systems.
“The new Mercedes-Benz GLE has a wealth of innovations. For example, the active suspension system E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL on a 48-volt basis is a world first,” said Dietmar Exler, president and USA, Mercedes-Benz USA.
“While the driving assistance systems take another step forward with Active Stop-and-Go Assist. The interior is even more spacious and comfortable, with a third seat row available on request. The infotainment system has larger screens, a full-color head-up display with a resolution of 720 x 240 pixels and the MBUX Interior Assistant, which can recognise hand and arm movements and supports operating intentions. The exterior design not only exudes presence and power, but also sets a new standard for aerodynamics in the SUV segment.”
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Having more “help” while driving is great, but exactly what is it helping with? The new model is bigger than its predecessor, including an option for a third-row seat.
“Perhaps the most impressive innovation is its revolutionary new suspension system called E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL,” Exler noted. “An industry first, this 48-volt enabled system provides individual control of spring and damping forces at each wheel.”
The GLE is built at the company’s plant in Mississippi, but officials did not reveal when it will dealerships or what the new cost would be.
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In addition to the GLE, Mercedes gave attendees a look at the new A-Class sedan. The four-door sedan car has the proportions of a dynamic and at the same time compact sedan car with short overhangs at the front and rear. It is at the top of its segment with regard to rear headroom.
In addition, the sedan model has the familiar A-Class virtues. These include modern, efficient engines, a high level of safety thanks to state-of-the-art driving assistance systems with S-Class functions, and the intuitively operated and learning MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system.
“The A-Class Sedan is the highly anticipated new gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand,” explained Dietmar Exler.
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The third premiere the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which is built in South Carolina. As the first fully networked system solution, the third generation of the Sprinter embodies the development of the business unit from purely a vehicle manufacturer to a provider of end-to-end transport and mobility solutions. “With a variety of different body styles, we can offer over 1,700 unique configurations to meet every need,” Exler noted.