The all-new Mercedes GLE has been spotted testing in a camouflage wrap. The spy shots reveal a redesigned exterior, while the engines and interior are expected to be thoroughly revised when it goes on sale either late in 2018 or early in 2019.
The new 2019 Mercedes GLE will look visibly different to the existing car, which has actually only been somewhat restyled considering that the old ML-Class models. It’ll utilize an entire brand-new platform so will be longer and more practical than the outbound car.
The front end has brand-new, sharper-looking headlights and an imposing grille. While they’re covered in plastic mouldings in the pictures, it’s clear that the bumpers have been upgraded and the wheel arches will be squarer. The quick AMG GLE 63 variation will look a lot more aggressive– read on for the current details. At the rear, the brakelights look slimmer to highlight the car’s size, and it’ll feature brand-new exhaust finishers.
The 2019 Mercedes GLE control panel will use the massive dual-screen setup originally utilized in the E-Class saloon. One shows all the instruments and driving information instead of conventional dials, while the other looks after infotainment and navigation. It’ll get physical dials for the climate control, which are easier to utilize while driving than prodding on the touchscreen.
The interior will feel a lot more modern than the existing car, which is beginning to reveal its age with a very button-heavy centre console. The majority of the style and parts are anticipated to be raised from the luxurious E-Class and newly revealed CLS. There’ll be a raft of security technology including lane keep assist, vehicle emergency braking and radar-guided cruise control, while limited self-driving abilities will also feature.
A new 2.0-litre diesel will be offered– it’ll be less grumbly than the old 2.1-litre unit and will provide much better efficiency and economy than the 204hp and 47.9 mpg that the current engine manages. Across the range, the heartland engines– a more powerful six-cylinder diesel and 2 petrols– will likewise be enhanced.
Bookending the range will be 2 fast AMG models and a plug-in hybrid variation. A mid-strength GLE 43 model will amaze a couple of people far from traffic control and the GLE 63 uses unhinged, amazing performance from such a huge SUV. The latter will use the 4.0-litre V8 from the AMG E63, and it’s expected to produce 563hp in the ‘basic’ AMG model and 603hp in the GLE 63 S. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid model ought to have the ability to drive for 31 miles on electric-only power. Entry-level models will be offered with rear-wheel-drive for the very first time to save expense and improve fuel economy, however all-wheel-drive will still be utilized on most of the range.
You’ll need to wait till the end of 2018 at the earliest prior to you’ll have the ability to purchase the brand-new 2019 Mercedes GLE, however prices shouldn’t increase excessive. Anticipate an entry-level car to cost from simply over ₤ 50,000, double that price if you want a bonkers AMG GLE 63 S and someplace between the 2 extremes for a plug-in hybrid.