New design elements integrated, enormous grille badge certain.
German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has, at long last, come round to revitalising its ageing GLE mid-size SUV offering with an all-new model, finally taking the current-generation model (that has been facelifted twice and survived the transformation from ML-Class to GLE-Class) and putting it out to pasture. In addition to discontinuing a generation that’s been around as long as sliced bread, Mercedes will be introducing a raft of new technological & aesthetic upgrades that will put Merc’s venerable family SUV firmly into contention with its peers, and integrate it neatly into the lineup.
Mercedes’ has made some huge strides lately, in terms of aesthetics, technology, and driver assistance smarts. On the former, the new GLE will clearly throw in some design cues that have been pioneered by its siblings, most notably the double-bar LED daytime running light signature that was brought about with the E-Class. What’s also clear is that the new-generation GLE will have a very, very imposing face: The sheer enormity of the three-pointed star up front suggests that this will be car that’ll scare all but the bravest lane-hogger on the motorway.
Mercedes hasn’t officially teased the rear, but so many spy shots of the GLE during testing has revealed that it’ll carry a rump that looks largely similar to the outgoing model. Revolutionary up front, evolutionary at the rear.
Big changes are expected inside though, with the new MHA architecture unlocking a number of technological advancements for the GLE that it previously would not have been able to make use of. The highlight will be the use of Mercedes-Benz’s proprietary MBUX infotainment software, which will throw in features like AI-powered voice commands, connected services, and a flashy dual-screen display that covers the responsibilities of infotainment display and instrument binnacle.
The overall cabin architecture will be heavily-inspired by the new G-Wagen, with prominent grab handles flanking the central tunnel and a quad-vent A/C setup in the middle.
Another benefit of using the new MHA platform is that the new GLE will be lighter and more efficient, and allow Mercedes-Benz to offer more updated powertrain options that are more in-keeping with the demands of today. Expect to find the usual array of turbocharged petrol & diesel mills, as well as mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, though the latter two may only appear sometime after launch. Of course there will also be proper AMG models like the GLE63, though a mild-hybrid GLE53 is also expected to debut at some point.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE is slated for debut at the upcoming Paris motorshow, which will open its doors in the first-week of October. We’ll be bringing you updates as the doors open in France, so be sure to stay glued to CarShowroom as we bring you more news as it comes.