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Old 03-01-2019, 07:08 PM
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:38 PM
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where to in Mexico Greg. I've been reading the posts diligently as I'm researching this model when my mb c43 lease comes for renewal. I'm currently in sunny Cancun. Avoiding the mess in Toronto.
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:47 PM
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where to in Mexico Greg. I've been reading the posts diligently as I'm researching this model when my mb c43 lease comes for renewal. I'm currently in sunny Cancun. Avoiding the mess in Toronto.
Punta de Mita just north of PV. Great little 8-room boutique hotel on the beach wríve stayed at 3 times before. Our weather has not been as bad as yours but still canít wait!



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Old 03-02-2019, 08:43 AM
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We're in Cancun at a RIU palace with wife and youngest son (13). Warming our bodies before going back and obviously researching the GLE. I like to start early just to ensure i'm making the right decision. Just a personality trait. My wife 's the opposite. She see something and likes it, she gets it. I guess that's what happened some 25 years ago when she saw me.
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:20 AM
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One of several new reviews of the GLE. This demo unit has MB-Tex Espresso Brown seats:

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Old 03-02-2019, 10:23 AM
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This GLE 350 also has MB-Tex Espresso Brown:

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Old 03-02-2019, 10:25 AM
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This GLE 350 has MB-Tex Macchiato:

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Old 03-02-2019, 10:29 AM
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This GLE 450 is identical to the demo unit I test drove last week, even has the 21" multi-spoke wheels (which are beautiful in person):

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Old 03-02-2019, 11:51 AM
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FYI - the "metal bar" on the center console roll-up is actually a "press-back-to-unlock" feature to it.. note not all wood trim choices come with matching wood trim console roll-up.. some wood cabin trims only have plastic roll-up's..
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:30 PM
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Joe, Great vid's-now looking foreward to your input on the Brown Leather match with the Magma Gray. Local units are expected here early next week but I'm leaving tomorrow for 3 weeks so may have to drive to Vegas for a peek, the St. George Dealer doesn't show any in transit yet. I like the brown/gray in my Denali but the shades will make the difference. The darker the gray the better the combo.will look, IMO. From what I see in the video's it looks good.....
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:35 PM
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The local MB dealer just got its first GLE 350 for sale. They also got another demo unit so they have a 350 and 450 demo (not yet for sale).

Here are some interior pics of the MB-Tex Espresso Brown/Magma Grey. The grey and brown together looks a little odd IMO.




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"Magma Grey" for those that have not seen in - is like a dark-grey-charcoal-soft-black color - whereas "Black" is black.
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Old 03-02-2019, 02:28 PM
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The local MB dealer just got its first GLE 350 for sale. They also got another demo unit so they have a 350 and 450 demo (not yet for sale).
Here are some interior pics of the MB-Tex Espresso Brown/Magma Grey. The grey and brown together looks a little odd IMO.
Thanks Joe....
The colors do look odd. Both look "washed out" from earlier pictures of the leather. This was the one thing that I was never comfortable with ordering sight unseen.
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:02 PM
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Thanks Joe....
The colors do look odd. Both look "washed out" from earlier pictures of the leather. This was the one thing that I was never comfortable with ordering sight unseen.
Those pics were taken with my iPhone XS Plus. I had him pull it outside for plenty of natural light. My wife and I will hold final judgement until we see our GLE in person. Hopefully we like it and don't leave our dealer with $96K GLE on their hands to sell. But if not, we'll start over. This GLE was stored at their overflow lot so the salesman drove us there in the GLE 450 demo I drove last week. I sat directly behind him since I hadn't yet experienced the back seat. It's very roomy and comfortable, an improvement over our GLS 550 for sure. Better viewing out the front and side windows and huge amounts of space. I sure like the Macchiato / Magma Grey in that GLE and wish I would have went with it instead but we'll see.
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:03 PM
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Those pics were taken with my iPhone XS Plus. I had him pull it outside for plenty of natural light. My wife and I will hold final judgement until we see our GLE in person. Hopefully we like it and don't leave our dealer with $96K GLE on their hands to sell. But if not, we'll start over. This GLE was stored at their overflow lot so the salesman drove us there in the GLE 450 demo I drove last week. I sat directly behind him since I hadn't yet experienced the back seat. It's very roomy and comfortable, an improvement over our GLS 550 for sure. Better viewing out the front and side windows and huge amounts of space. I sure like the Macchiato / Magma Grey in that GLE and wish I would have went with it instead but we'll see.
I think it will be fine! I just pulled our Audi and my truck out in the light and both look washed out. The black interior looks dark Gray and and my Brown/Gray look much lighter with the doors open. Close the doors and the colors are darker and richer. If I hate them I'll just have to move to the 53 when it comes out.
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:20 PM
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If I hate them I'll just have to move to the 53 when it comes out.
Now that's a good plan of attach and one that might just fly with my wife. I've always wanted an AMG so a year with the 450 and then slide right into an AMG GLE 53.
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:36 PM
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That's the interior I saw, and really didn't care for it.
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:53 PM
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Is the Black MB-Tex/DINAMICA seat option Alcantara in the middle?I sat in the seats at the Toronto Auto Show and the middle part felt like Alcantara.



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Old 03-02-2019, 07:59 PM
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Is the Black MB-Tex/DINAMICA seat option Alcantara in the middle?I sat in the seats at the Toronto Auto Show and the middle part felt like Alcantara.
Dinamica is Mercedes version of Audi Alcantara.
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Old 03-02-2019, 09:15 PM
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Ron, with proper lighting and a professional camera, Espresso Brown / Magma Grey in real leather looks pretty good. Also note that the MB-Tex topstitched dash and door trim is color matched on the lower half of the dash.



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Ron, with proper lighting and a professional camera, Espresso Brown / Magma Grey in real leather looks pretty good. Also note that the MB-Tex topstitched dash and door trim is color matched on the lower half of the dash.
The brown looks great and transitions better than the 350 with too much Gray. It won't be long now and we will be looking at the real deal-some of us. I'm still hoping that the builds slide forward a week or two. We would be happy to contribute to increased GLE sales to help out MB with the stock Analysts first Q report.��
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Old 03-04-2019, 05:54 AM
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The Germany configurator (which is better than ours IMO) updated the night view pics using sunset lighting. Here are some examples:



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Old 03-04-2019, 09:50 AM
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M-B needs the GLE in dealerís.

ďBMW Groupís sales were flat last month, but the performance was good enough to tighten the 2019 race with rival Mercedes-Benz, which suffered the biggest drop among the top four luxury auto brands that reported results Friday.

Daimlerís Mercedes-Benz, the U.S. leader for the last three years, had its sales slide 13 percent to 21,660 vehicles in February as nearly all of its crossovers and SUVs slumped. ď - Automotive News

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Old 03-04-2019, 10:31 AM
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While looking for a 2020 GLE I noticed that there are almost no (non AMG) GLE's in stock in the West. One Oregon dealer has a bunch. I was surprised that several large Calif. dealers don't have 2020's yet even thought they are near the VPC.
Here's the official MB Press release.

Mercedes-Benz Reports February Sales of 21,660 Units

March 01, 2019 02:45 PM Eastern Standard TimeATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported February sales of 21,660 Mercedes-Benz models. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported February sales with 2,729 units and smart reported 58 units, bringing MBUSA to a grand total of 24,447 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz recorded sales of 44,167, adding 3,943 units for Vans and 141 vehicles for smart, MBUSA’s year-to-date sales volume totaled 48,251.

“On the heels of a very challenging month, we are optimistic that our all-new volume models, the A-Class and GLE, will put us on track for a strong year,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA.
Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in February included the C-Class, GLC and E-Class model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 4,812, followed by GLC sales of 4,176. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 3,424 units sold.

February sales of Mercedes-AMG high-performance models totaled 3,368 units (+36.4%) and 6,250 vehicles sold year-to-date (+27.0%).
Edit: Sales of the GLE tanked starting in September 2018. In 2019 they are down almost 40% for the first two months. Since that includes AMG's the figure is probably lower for the others.

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Old 03-04-2019, 10:49 AM
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One more month like that and MB will lose their YTD sales lead over BMW. The GLE and A-Class and AMG GT 4-door will need to roll out this month.

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