Mercedes has completely redesigned the GLE. Sitting on a new platform, the fourth-generation midsize SUV also features new engines, available mild hybrid technology, and suspension improvements for a luxurious ride. The interior matches its driving excellence, with comfortable seats, quality materials, and an expansive screen on the dash. But the GLE goes beyond the basic amenities youd expect from a luxury vehicle, throwing in some unusual but functional options that help justify the price tag that can easily top $95,000 if you let it. After youve checked out our First Test of the 2020 Mercedes-GLE 450, read below to learn about some of its cool interior features. Seat Adjustments Made Easy We appreciate that many vehicles allow multiple drivers to save their preferred seating position. But Mercedes makes it even easier for drivers to get comfortable. On the infotainment touchscreen, simply enter your height, and the seats and steering wheel will automatically adjust to the correct position. Seat Kinetics Sure, the GLE has plenty of relaxing massage programs for the driver and passenger to select, including wave massage, mobilizing massage, and classic massage. But Mercedes also offers a feature called seat kinetics, which makes small movements to the seat cushion and backrest every now and then to keep drivers energized. Ambient Lighting Like many Mercedes interiors, the GLE is not for the shy. When it turns dark outside, the interior looks like a nightclub with a choice of 64 different light colors. These lights illuminate everything from the dashboard to the doors and footwells. You can enjoy a constant rotation of colors thanks to different themes such as Ocean Blue and Red Moon, and brightness can also be adjusted to your preference. In both the front and second rows of our tester, the light changes to blue when you lower the cabin temperature and red when you heat it up. Just Look Up With its boxy design, its no surprise the GLE has gobs of headroom. The spacious cabin is only enhanced by the huge new panoramic roof with a 50 percent larger viewing area. Seamless Controls Voice control has become easier thanks to Mercedes updated interface that incorporates natural language understanding. Simply say Hey, Mercedes to start a voice command. Gesture control is also on tap. Pointing to the rearview mirror is enough to turn on a map light, and you can program your favorite feature into the system by pointing forward with two fingers. Augmented Reality for Navigation The large, crisp screen is the medium for Mercedes advanced navigation system. Live imagery from a forward-facing camera is shown on the central display, with street names, guiding arrows, and other information superimposed onto the screen to help you find your destination more easily. Heated and Cooled Cupholders This is a rare find even among luxury vehicles. Heated and cooled cupholders are available for front passengers for $180. Click the switch in the center, and youll hear the climate control working. Finding a Restaurant Looking for a place to eat or get some coffee? You can easily find restaurants nearby thanks to Yelp information ready to go on the infotainment system. Once you click on the location you like, you can direct the screen to start navigating there. The post 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: 8 Interior Delights appeared first on MotorTrend .
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