BRABUS aerodynamic enhancement, hi-tech wheels up to 23 inches and exclusive interior refinement for the new GLE models.
BRABUS has been active in the development of high-performance cars with alternative powertrains for more than a decade.
The BRABUS PowerXtra ELECTRIC D35E performance upgrade for the new Mercedes GLE 350 de 4MATIC with hybrid powertrain ups the performance of both the diesel and the electric motor. As the result of these measures, the system output jumps to 260 kW / 354 hp (349 bhp) while system torque increases to 820 Nm (605 lb-ft). The hybrid SUV consequently delivers even greater dynamics and effortlessness on the road. The sprint time from zero – 100 km/h is cut to a mere 6.5 seconds, the top speed increases to 215 km/h (134 mph).
BRABUS performance upgrades are of course also available for GLE-Class models powered conventionally by a gasoline or diesel engine.
The broad BRABUS Exclusive range for the new SUV model series comprises design components with sportingly elegant styling, tailor-made wheels with diameters of up to 23 inches, a ride-height lowering module for the air suspension, and exclusive interior design.
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).
The GLE 350 de 4MATIC is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain comprising a two-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel and an electric motor.
To make the powertrain even more dynamic, the power unit engineers and electronics specialists of the Bottrop-based company developed the BRABUS PowerXtra ELECTRIC D35E performance upgrade, which is also available in a tailor-made variant for the Mercedes C 300 de.
The BRABUS module for the turbodiesel engine increases the power output of the compression-ignition engine by 22 kW / 31 hp (30 bhp) and bumps torque by 50 Nm (37 lb-ft). The auxiliary control unit for the electric motor delivers 10 kW / 14 hp (13 bhp) of added power. This results in a system output increased by 25 kW / 34 hp (33 bhp) to 260 kW / 354 hp (349 bhp). Even more impressive is the increase in system torque from stock 700 to 820 Nm (516 to 605 lb-ft) resulting from 80 Nm (59 lb-ft) added to the torque of the electric motor and an extra 50 Nm (37 lb-ft) produced by the diesel engine.
With it, the hybrid SUV gains in all areas – be it in all-electric driving or in combined operation with the turbodiesel. This delivers not only a more agile driving experience on the road, but also further optimized in-gear acceleration, which is also welcome in off-road operations. This is evident in the road performance figures as well: From rest, the all-wheel-drive car now takes just 6.5 seconds to accelerate to a speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). The top speed of the GLE 350 de increases to 215 km/h (134 mph).
BRABUS performance upgrades will also be available for other hybrid models from Mercedes-Benz in future.
Of course, the BRABUS powertrain engineers correspondingly developed equally powerful and durable performance upgrades for the various conventional engines of the V 167 series, gasoline and turbodiesel. Some of the performance kits also come in versions for the new GLS-Class of the X 167 series. It goes without saying, always independently certified by TÜV and backed by warranty! BRABUS recommends Motul high-performance lubricants.
The BRABUS PowerXtra kits are available for the turbodiesel models GLE 300 d, 350 d and GLE 400 d. All three 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.