The all-new 2019 Mercedes GLE sheds the heavy camouflage and reveals its series production design in what we can only describe as the clearest spy pictures yet.
Although Mercedes-Benz has been using the model name ‘GLE’ only since 2015, the car tagged with this moniker has been around since 2011. Now, Mercedes-Benz is completely renewing its range of models and the GLE will be receiving a new generation next year. The biggest rival, the BMW X5, has just been completely renewed too.
The new GLE has often been caught before in camouflage trimming, but the extent to which the car shows its bodywork today has not been seen before. The new GLE is clearly adopting Mercedes’ current design language. At the rear Mercedes-Benz seems to combine design elements of the new A-class with those of, for example, the smaller GLC SUV. The C pillar is again optically connected to the rear window, a typical GLE signature element.
The new GLE will be built on the MRA platform of the current E-Class. This platform is again optimized for SUVs including the upcoming GLS, bringing not only great economies of scale, but also less weight for the GLE – it is assumed that the two-ton mark will be undercut, mainly because the new Mercedes GLE will be delivered in the basic version with rear wheel drive.
The new GLE will be offered alongside the new three-liter six-cylinder turbo of the brand – with 367 hp in GLE 400 guise or as GLE 53 as hybrid with an additional 22 hp electric engine and 435 hp total output. On the diesel side, clients can choose between one of two 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder variants with 286 or 340 hp. The GLE range will also receive a new plug-in hybrid version, combining a two-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a 90 kW electric motor for a total system output rated at 279 hp.
All engines are said to be 20 percent more economical, not least thanks to the 48-volt electrical system with 15-kW starter generator. On the transmission side, the 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox with nine speeds will be combined with all engines.
Of course, the rejuvenation of the GLE family does not end with the GLE itself. The GLE Coupé, although much younger than the GLE, will also soon be renewed.