Mercedes-Benz has added a new GLE580 derivative to its range in the United States, handing the latest generation a V8 engine for the first time.
Under the newcomer’s bonnet you’ll find the German firm’s twin-turbo V8 petrol unit, linked up to a 48 V on-board electrical system with an integrated starter generator.
The eight-cylinder mill offers 360 kW and 700 N.m, while the “EQ Boost” function adds an extra 16 kW and 250 N.m over “short periods”. The Stuttgart-based firm has yet to announce performance figures for this variant, although it’s worth noting it’ll likely outpunch the similarly electrified Mercedes-AMG GLE53.
The 48 V electrical system serves not only high-power consumers (such as the water pump and air-conditioning compressor), but also the integrated starter-generator, which furthermore supplies energy to the battery by means of energy recuperation.
The GLE580 features Mercedes-Benz’s variable 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, the latest MBUX multimedia system (complete with voice control) and dual 12,3-inch digital instrument cluster and touchscreen displays.