Mercedes-Benz has released a new promotional video for its GLE SUV. The facelifted ML-Class with a new name gets taken off road by Gunther Holzman, a German off-road guide, into a south Albanian valley.

Holzman explains that while scenic, off-roading in Albania is no simple task. Requiring discipline and respect for the terrain, and of course, a very capable vehicle.

The GLE is put through its paces on an 80 km, 10 hour-long drive by Holzman, who speaks highly of his machinery. Interestingly, the GLE here features no special off-road tyres or underbody protection – none that would make it different from the GLE sold in Malaysia.

It is, however, a plug-in hybrid variant. The GLE 500e 4Matic is powered by a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, assisted by a 114 hp electric motor. Its total system output equates to 436 hp and 650 Nm of torque.

In Malaysia, two variants of the Mercedes-Benz GLE are available – the GLE 400 4Matic, and the GLE 250d 4Matic. They are priced at RM568,888 and RM486,888 respectively.

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