2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video

Next Prev
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video
Next Prev

BMW has just unveiled a redesigned X5, and one of its main rivals, the Mercedes-Benz GLE, will soon be redesigned as well. We now have fresh spy shots and video of prototypes for the new generation of the Mercedes mid-size luxury SUV.

The current GLE was introduced for the 2016 model year but is really just an update of the M-Class launched in 2012.

We expect the redesigned model on sale in late 2018 or early next year. It should arrive as a 2019 model.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy video from Motor Authority on Vimeo.

We know this is a GLE because of its size and proportions but also because one of the earlier testers had a “W167” inscription on its rear. The current GLE is referred to internally as a W166.

The vehicle is now hardly disguised and we can make out a number of new details such as the massive grille and more angular headlight shape. The designers have also adopted a more rugged look for the body, with wide wheel arches leading into a narrow cabin. It’s a shape that more closely resembles the strong lines of the iconic G-Class.

A photo of the cabin reveals a layout similar to what we see in the E-Class. The dashboard features the now familiar dual-screen design and in the center console should be smartphone-like screen serving as the main controller for the infotainment system, which incidentally should be the new MBUX system found in the latest A-Class.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The redesigned GLE will be the second model to ride on Mercedes’ MHA platform for SUVs sized from the GLC up (excluding the G-Class). The platform is closely related to Mercedes’ MRA platform found in most of the automaker’s sedans and coupes and made its debut in the GLC. A redesigned GLS is also in the works.

Read also:
New Ford Explorer Interceptor Utility quickest police vehicle in America

Powertrains should include Mercedes’ latest inline-4 and -6 engines plus a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 reserved for the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 variant. Diesel and plug-in hybrid options should also be on offer, though the former isn’t likely to make it to the United States due to the fallout from the Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal. A nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive should be standard on most models in the range.

Should the current SUV craze continue, a new generation of the GLE Coupe should follow shortly after the redesigned GLE. Stay tuned for updates as development continues.

Check Also

2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible spy shots and video

BMW's revived 8-Series coupe made an appearance in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where a dedicated racing version competed in the prestigious race's GTE class for production-based cars. We'll see the new BMW flagship arrive in showrooms in December, initially in $112,895 M850i trim. Soon, BMW will grace us with the convertible version of the car, a...

Fresh details on BMW i4 electric car due in 2021

BMW early next decade will introduce an electric car badged an i4 and previewed by the i Vision Dynamics concept unveiled during the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. BMW Group CEO Harald Krüger made the confirmation during March's 2018 Geneva auto show, adding that the i4 will be one of the 12 electric cars the automaker will launch by the end of 2025. Before...