PRETORIA. The Mercedes-Benz GLE400d wins the 2020 AutoTrader South African Premium SUV category and is runner-up for the overall Car of The Year Award. The award was presented in a new online digital awards format on 21 April 2020. In 2019, Mercedes-Benz AClass won the AutoTrader South African Car of the Year
“The judges were particularly impressed with the GLE’s interior comfort, modern luxury design, innovative technology, exceptional SUV ability and innovative safety features,” says Rubin van Niekerk, chairman of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ).
“Incredibly, members of the public reached the same conclusion as the highly qualified jury members, who collectively have 584 years of experience in the motor industry. The competition has a 35-year-long running history. The competition allows for members of the public to cast a vote via the AutoTrader website – and pick a car that they believe is most deserving of the AutoTrader Category wins,” reveals George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader.
The jury commented favourably on the car’s beautiful design and magnificent craftsmanship. The judges were particularly impressed with its interior comfort, stunning design, innovative technology, terrific 4x4 road manners and exemplary safety features.
The new GLE offers modern luxury both on and off the road and is available in three variants – the GLE 300d, GLE 400d and the GLE 450, and Mercedes-AMG models are expected in South Africa later this year. The GLE 400d generates 243 kW output and 700 Nm of torque with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission (7.5 – 7.0 l/100 km).
The GLE SUV is a trendsetter full of innovations, which introduces the new control concept with innovative driving assistance, active suspension system E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL. The infotainment system boasts larger screens and MBUX Interior Assist, which can detect hand and arm movements to assist with control functions.
“The GLE’s design idiom perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity, thus representing modern luxury. The interior derives its fascination from the contrast between the luxurious and elegant design and digital high-tech of the MBUX system,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa.
“The GLE exhibits the iconic Mercedes-Benz design while remaining true to its character as an off-roader. We appreciate the public’s vote and continuous support, and thank the Guild of Motoring Journalists and AutoTrader for the great awards show,” concludes Govender.
To learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLE, visit https://www.mercedes-benz.co.za/gle