- Here we have the clearest spied images of the GLE.
- The new-gen GLE will be based on a new platform.
- It will get a revised design along with added features
- A new set of engines will be added to the current offering.
Mercedes has been developing the fourth generation of the GLE-Class for quite some time now. In so far, we knew that this new generation car would move to a new platform with a revised powertrain and an all-new design language. The mid-level executive SUV was spotted once again recently, this time with scanty camouflage at what seemed like an automotive testing facility. Apart from that, a couple of images of the new GLE has surfaced online as well. These latest images are clearest images we have had of the car so far and it has given us a more comprehensive idea of what to expect from this car.
The GLE will move to the new MRA platform which also underpins the current E-Class. It will reportedly grow in dimension, however, the new platform will help the GLE keep its weight in check. The entry level GLE will reportedly tip the scale under two tons.
New design language:
Mercedes will adopt their new design language with the GLE. So the headlamps will be along the lines of the family design with LED bars and projector unit. The tail lamps appear to be sleeker under the camouflage but not too different from the outgoing model. The test mule has retained the distinct C-Pillar which debuted on the M-Class and is a trademark of the GLE. The silhouette is unmistakably that of the GLE.
The new-gen GLE will debut the new crop of inline-six engines which also do duties in the E and S-Class. A 48V hybrid powertrain is also on the cards. A more potent GLE53 will replace the current 385-hp GLE43 with around 429 horsepower output until the fully-blown GLE63 AMG arrives.
The Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system will also make its way into the new GLE. The widescreen display will dominate the dashboard while the cabin will be slightly more upmarket with a host of driver’s aids and creature comforts. The new platform will also allow more cabin space inside the car.
The new-gen GLE is expected to break cover later this year with a market launch sometime in 2019. When it arrives, the GLE-Class will take on the recently revealed new-gen BMW X5 and the Audi Q7 apart from the XC90.