2020 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2020 BRABUS Mercedes‑Benz GLE‑Class

By Arthur Demi via BRABUS

BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Mercedes-Benz seamlessly continues the success story of its SUV family spanning more than 20 years with the latest GLE-Class. BRABUS offers an exclusive refinement range for the current model series.

The lineup of professional performance upgrades for the GLE 300 d and GLE 400 d turbodiesel models ranges from sporty-elegant bodywork modifications to wheels of different designs and sizes up to 23 inches in diameter, all developed specifically for this model series. At customer's option, the BRABUS upholstery shop also creates exclusive interior appointments in a virtually endless variety of colors and leathers.

Of course, BRABUS backs all components with the three-year or 100,000-kilometer / 62,000-mile BRABUS Tuning Warranty® , which is exemplary for the entire industry (see BRABUS Tuning Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013).

In order to give the new GLE-Class an even more custom and exclusive appearance, the BRABUS designers developed new aerodynamic-enhancement components that upgrade the front and rear of the SUV variant. The entire BRABUS appearance package is manufactured from PUR in OEM quality.

New BRABUS caps for the side air intakes give the AMG Line front fascia an even more distinctive profile. However, the new components not only have a visual function, they also feature integrated courtesy lights that are activated when the driver approaches the vehicle or when a door handle is pulled.

The BRABUS rear spoiler, which mounts to the hatch, gives the rear end of the SUV variant of the GLE-Class an even more distinctive appearance.

The exclusive BRABUS look also is distinguished by tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock wheels in various sizes with diameters of up to 23 inches. At the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, the largest variant, the king-sized 11Jx23 BRABUS Monoblock F "PLATINUM EDITION“ forged wheels, are installed carrying Continental SportContact high-performance tires of size 295/35 ZR 23 on one side of the vehicle. The other side of the GLE features the latest design of the large BRABUS family of wheels. It sports Monoblock Z ten-spoke rims of size 10Jx22 with size 295/40 ZR 22 tires.

The BRABUS suspension module for the AIRMATIC air suspension, which lowers the ride height of the SUV by about 25 millimeters, is specifically calibrated to the use with sporty street tires.

The BRABUS powertrain engineers also developed equally powerful and durable performance upgrades for the various engines of the W 167 model series. The BRABUS PowerXtra kits for the two turbodiesel models GLE 300 d and GLE 400 d are available now.

Both tuning levels consist of a plug-and-play control module that is integrated into the CAN bus of the SUV. This can be done by any authorized Mercedes-Benz workshop or by any BRABUS partner around the world and takes less than an hour.

The BRABUS PowerXtra D30 performance upgrade bumps peak torque of the GLE 300 d from stock 620 Nm to 690 Nm (457 to 509 lb-ft), on tap between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. Simultaneously, peak output jumps from 190 kW / 258 hp (255 bhp) to 225 kW / 306 hp (302 bhp) at a low 3,600 rpm.

The road performance BRABUS D30 tuning improves tremendously: With a sprint time of just 6.0 seconds, the SUV is exactly 1.4 quicker from zero to 0 km/h (100 mph) than the production car. The top speed increases to 229 km/h (142 mph).

The GLE 400 d is even more dynamic, especially when it was fitted with a BRABUS PowerXtra D40 module. In this case, peak output jumps to a whopping 272 kW / 370 hp (365 bhp) at 4,200 rpm. The peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) is already on tap at a low 2,500 rpm. This is reflected in the more effortless power delivery in all driving situations. What is more: With a sprint time of just 5.5 seconds from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) and top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), the BRABUS-refined SUV is one of the liveliest representatives of its kind.

Additional BRABUS engine tuning versions for the other GLE-Class engines are already in the final stage of development. All BRABUS engines are operated exclusively with Motul high-performance motor oil.

BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Another specialty of BRABUS for the new Mercedes GLE-Class is designing exclusive options for the interior. The refinement repertoire includes two-tone stainless scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo, matte anodized aluminum pedals, door-lock pins and footrest, and exclusive BRABUS fine leather interior appointments crafted from the finest leather and Alcantara with meticulous workmanship. BRABUS also offers exclusive wood and genuine carbon trim sets in a host of variants.

(BRABUS Press Release)