2015 Mercedes Hybrid SUV: The driver chooses between four specific operating modes: HYBRID: the system controls automatically select the most sensible operating mode with combustion engine and/or electric motor for optimising the overall energy balance; E-MODE: all-electric driving; E-SAVE: this mode preserves the current state of charge of the battery to be able to drive on all-electric power at a later time, for example in urban traffic; CHARGE: battery is charged while driving and when the vehicle is stationary SUBSCRIBE #CARJAMTV
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Mercedes GLE 500 e 4MATIC: plug-in hybrid technology meets SUV
The new Mercedes GLE 500 e 4MATIC with plug-in hybrid drive combines the power and refinement of a V8 engine with the fuel consumption of a three-litre car and the versatility of a premium Mercedes SUV. The drive system components comprise a Mercedes BlueDIRECT V6 direct-injection petrol engine with 245 kW (333 hp) and a hybrid module with 85 kW (116 hp) of electric power. The system peak torque is a massive 650 Newton metres. In addition to impressive acceleration thanks to the boost function, the innovative system drive also offers all-electric driving at speeds up to 130 km/h, optimised energy recovery thanks to the intelligent operating strategy and comfort functions such as pre-entry climate control in summer and winter.
A selector switch on the centre console and the instrument cluster offer the driver a choice between four specific Mercedes operating modes:
Mercedes HYBRID: the system controls automatically select the most sensible operating mode with combustion engine and/or electric motor for optimising the overall energy balance
Mercedes E-MODE: all-electric driving
Mercedes E-SAVE: this mode preserves the current state of charge of the battery to be able to drive on all-electric power at a later time, for example in urban traffic
Mercedes CHARGE: battery is charged while driving and when the vehicle is stationary
The compact Mercedes hybrid module is fully integrated into the seven-speed Mercedes 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. The electrical energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 8.8 kWh, which can be recharged using public charging stations, the Mercedes wallbox charger at home or on a conventional 220 volt power outlet. The Mercedes charging time using the Mercedes wallbox charger or the Mercedes charging station is around two hours.
Intelligent drive system management
The best strategy for efficient driving has always been anticipatory driving without unnecessary braking and accelerating. This is even more important in a hybrid model: because braking manoeuvres serve not only to deliver deceleration, but are also used to recover kinetic energy. The route or the traffic also has influence on the most efficient charging and discharging of the high-voltage battery. For this reason the intelligent drive system management aids the driver with specific control strategies in adopting the most efficient driving style.
State-of-the-art Mercedes BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 petrol engines
The powerful Mercedes GLE 500 4MATIC with direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine produces an output of 320 kW (435 hp) and a peak torque of 700 Newton metres, and combines appealing performance with the high level of refinement of these engines. The Mercedes GLE 400 4MATIC is powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V6 engine with spray-guided combustion, new piezo injectors and MSI multi-spark ignition. This engine produces an output of 245 kW (333 hp) and 480 Nm of torque from 1400 rpm and makes do on 8.8 l/100 km or 209 g CO2/km (NEDC combined).