Mercedes is currently testing the next generation of the GLE. Sportier and lighter, the new Mercedes GLE sees all its secrets revealed, including the high-tech interior.
In 2015, the Mercedes GLE (W166) came to the market as a facelift of the M-Class with the new three-letter type designation. The all-new W167 Mercedes GLE will be build on the MRA platform of the current E-Class with the weight going down (it is assumed that the two-ton mark will be undercut), partly because the new Mercedes GLE will feature in the basic version only rear wheel drive. In terms of dimensions, the SUV grows only marginally in terms of track width and wheelbase.
Otherwise, the new Mercedes GLE should have more off-road qualities compared to the predecessor. In addition to more ground clearance and front and rear underrun protection, the modifications also include improved axle articulation, air suspension, limited slip differentials and gearboxes with reduction options.
Visually, the new generation Mercedes GLE turns out not as a revolution, but an evolution. As far as we can see, the new car is slightly less angular than the current GLE, following the more rounded lines of its newer counterparts. Aprons and sills are redesigned, the grill modified. The distinctive beads on the side should also be revised, but the profile line is now above the door handles. And the characteristic C-pillar should continue to strive against the direction of travel – but here it gets a new impetus. As with the current series, the Mercedes GLE Coupé (C292) should come later to the market.
As top versions, Mercedes will launch the GLE as AMG 63 and AMG 63 S. Instead of the elderly 5.5-liter V8 comes the corporate all-purpose weapon, the four-liter V8 Biturbo in 571 and 612 hp outputs. The brand new family of six-cylinder engines will also feature prominently on the new GLE: three-liter six-cylinder with 367 hp or as GLE 53 with hybrid drive and 435 hp + 22 hp electric engine. On the diesel front, there will be two 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engines with 286 and 340 hp. The engines are said to be 20 percent more economical, not least thanks to the new 48-volt electrical architecture with 15 kW starter generator. The 9G-Tronic state-of-the-art 9-speed gearbox will be standard across the board. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is also confirmed for the all-new 2018 Mercedes GLE. Here, the Germans combine a two-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 90 kW electric motor. The system performance should be 279 hp.
A look into the cockpit of the new GLE reveals an oversized dual-display that reaches far beyond the center of the dashboard. As in the S-Class, the left half serves to display all relevant driving information, while the right section serves for the infotainment and navigation system. The first spy pictures reveal a dual 12,3-inch screen layout and different rotary knob for the navi. Under the display we see four new rectangular air vents. The driver reaches into a newly designed steering wheel including touchpad. For the rear passengers in the GLE, there should be more space.