Shortly after making its world debut, the V167 Mercedes-Benz GLE has quickly found its way to Malaysian shores, and it’s available in the sole GLE 450 4Matic trim. The fourth-generation SUV is fully imported and carries an estimated pricing of RM633,888. For the first time, a seven-seat option can be specified – the unit in this video is the five-seater version.

The new GLE rides on the automaker’s Modular High Architecture (MHA), which sees improvements to all aspects of the car. To start, it gets a brand new M256 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six – the same one you’ll find in the CLS 450 – that produces 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It’s paired to a 48-volt mild hybrid system that provides a 22 hp/250 Nm boost under hard acceleration, along with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive.

For features, the GLE 450 4Matic AMG Line wears a more aggressive exterior kit, starting with the AMG “A-wing” front bumper, a studded “diamond” grille and a rear diffuser with integrated twin tailpipes. There’s Multibeam LED headlights and a Night Package with gloss black highlights as well, while 22-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels fill the squared-off wheel arches.

The wholly-redesigned cabin comes with twin 12.3-inch displays, linked to the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with Linguatronic voice control. Other features here include a 64-colour LED ambient lighting system, brushed aluminium trim, panoramic sunroof, acoustic glass windscreen and side windows.

As a bonus, Airmatic air suspension is also offered, but the GLE gets a new 48-volt E-Active Body Control system. The latter controls the spring and damper of each corner individually, allowing it to perform such tricks as rocking the car free if it gets stuck off-road. Pretty high-tech stuff, this. What do you think?