Even with plentiful changes on some of the models for 2018 model year, GLE-class will be unchanged. The reason for this is that the Germans are preparing next generation SUV and there are pictures to prove it. With the only name changed from former M to GLE in 2015, the current luxury model is desperately looking for decent updates. While it won’t be ready soon, it will come to the U.S. in late 2018. This model is a direct rival to Audi Q7, BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery, Lexus RX, and Volvo XC90. And all of them have moved further in term of design inside and out, and a new line of powertrains. To catch up, 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class will be entirely new.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class – New Platform
For starters, new luxury SUV will ride on completely new MHA platform which means Modular High Architecture. It is highly flexible, and will also find its way to new GLS. As for design, the exterior of the current model, although old, isn’t something that Mercedes should be ashamed of. It looks quite nice. But for next generation, designers altered the looks with the massive grille. Not only that, but headlights have more angular shape. To achieve the more muscular design, Germans also widened the wheel arches leading to the narrower cabin.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class – Interior Updates
On the inside, there is a need for more drastic updates. And in a similar fashion to new E-class, S-class and C-class, the GLE will also receive new dashboard. Of course, the main feature is of it are dual 12.3-inch high-resolution displays. The one on the center console comes with COMAND infotainment system, while the other replaces standard instrument gauge cluster. It’s not surprising since the whole lineup slowly receives big displays.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-class – Engines
Exactly what powertrains will be offered is at this moment unknown. But MHA is a flexible platform which can accommodate most engines. We’re talking about new 4, 6, and 8 cylinder engines. Of course, a hybrid powertrain will remain in the offer. If we’re certain in one thing, it’s that AMG powered GLE will instead of 557 horsepower, 5.5-liter twin turbo V8 receive 4.0-liter also twin turbo V8 with 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. This engine already comes in Mercedes-AMG E63 S and S63. RWD and Mercedes’ 4MATIC AWD will stay.
We can’t say anything more for now, but soon enough more information will be available.