Mercedes is set to update its large SUV range very soon. Along with the GLE, the bigger GLS is also bound to be replaced by this year's end.
A lightly camouflaged prototype of the next-gen Merc GLE has been spied on by our Italian partner quattroruote.
The present GLE – formerly known as ML Class – started its life in 2011 and is currently the oldest vehicle in its segment. Its replacement vehicle, which has been spied on here, is expected to be revealed in all its glory by this year’s end or latest by the first quarter of 2019.
The upcoming Audi Q7 challenger will adopt Merc’s new design philosophy that debuted along with the current CLS. However, the styling characteristics could slightly vary since the GLE is a high-riding vehicle. Still, the prototype exhibits sharper headlamps, rounded edges, clean character lines and a squat stance overall. The rear also sports what looks like CLS-inspired slim tail lamps.
The interior of the SUV will draw a lot of inspiration from the latest E-Class. The cabin is likely to boast horizontal double 12-inch displays integrated into a single structure. The central console, unlike the E, will not be connected to the main dashboard, but will offer two raised side elements and Merc’s Comand infotainment system at the center.
Powertrain options could also be shared with the E-Class. Also, AMG’s latest mild hybrid technology on its new 53 series models should also find its way on the new GLE, perhaps in the form of a GLE53. More details of the vehicle will emerge as its debut closes in.