“The fenders, with their more muscular, convex form, inject greater presence and sensuality into the nose of the car,” says the designer. With his hand he traces the contours which flow out of the A-pillar into the forceful lateral lines. “The dropping line further up and the balance line lower down serve to structure the volume of the side surfaces and ensure that this large car conveys a relaxed rather than an overpowering impression,” explains Leutz. This bedrock on which an entire segment has emerged would not wish to impose such an image on the observer – further evidence, if it be needed, of the GLE’s sheer class. “It’s incredibly pleasing when the product you’ve been looking after gets top marks,” says Product Manager Lücke, taking his turn to inspect the GLE from every angle. “This car is not only a compelling proposition in terms of its design, it’s also unmatched in its segment in terms of efficiency, performance, safety and space.” Among the ingredients of the GLE 250 d 4Matic helping to deliver those leading grades are the 150 kW 4-cylinder diesel, which burns 5.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (43.6 mpg) – good work for a full-size SUV.