This is our best look yet at the new Mercedes GLE crossover.
At long last, the dated-looking Mercedes GLE is getting a redesign later this year. The next-generation version of the popular luxury crossover is expected to make its world debut at the 2018 Paris Auto Show this October, but thanks to these revealing spy shots we have a good idea what it will look like.
Essentially, it looks like a larger version of the GLC with a sleeker design than the outgoing model. Mercedes has applied its Mercedes’ ‘Sensual Purity’ design philosophy to the new GLE resulting in less visible creases, giving the crossover a much cleaner look. Spied with virtually no camouflage, the prototype features a redesigned front fascia with a single bar grille and new headlights with LED daytime running lights, which have been covered up with tape.
At the back, there’s a tailgate-mounted spoiler, blacked out D-pillars, and covered-up taillights connected with a central chrome trim. The sportier design suggests we’re looking at the AMG Line. Our spies didn’t manage to snap any photos of the interior, but recently leaked images have confirmed the cabin will be significantly improved. Like the facelifted S-Class and E-Class, the GLE’s interior will adopt a dual-screen setup for the instruments and infotainment, while the infotainment system will be updated with Mercedes’ new MBUX system bringing an intelligent AI system with natural language voice recognition support.
As for powertrains, the new GLE 450 is expected to pack Mercedes’ turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and an electric motor paired with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic. A flagship AMG GLE 63 model will also join the lineup packing a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, while hybrid variants are expected to follow in the future.