Mercedes has facelifted the GLE large 4×4. Both the regular SUV and the GLE Coupé get exterior styling updates, new-look LED headlights and an upgraded infotainment system. In addition, every engine is now electrified, with 48V mild-hybrid assistance for the non-plug-in hybrids.

The range starts with the GLE 300 d 4Matic, with 269hp and 406lb ft of torque. That should be plenty to handle any sensibly matched caravan. This caravan tow car has a kerbweight of 2335kg, giving a sky-high 85% match figure of 1985kg. That’s well within the standard towing limit of 2700kg.

The maximum can be upgraded to 3500kg with an optional towing package. This includes an electric towbar, which motors in and out at the press of a button, as well as a trailer stability system.

The 450 d increases power to 367hp and torque to 553lb ft, so should tow a large twin-axle caravan with even greater authority than the entry-level diesel. The GLE 450 petrol is similarly quick, but considerably more thirsty, while the GLE 400 e plug-in hybrid tow car offers strong performance and low running costs for owners who can recharge the car regularly. We look forward to putting the new GLE through a full tow test in the near future.

If you’re thinking of buying an older model, see what we made of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 D AMG Line Premium Plus when we put it to the test in 2021.

  • Price: From £77,890
  • Kerbweight: From 2335kg
  • 85% match: From 1985kg
  • Max towing weight: 2700-3500kg

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