Next-Gen Mercedes GLE Spotted Testing

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Although the Mercedes GLE just received a new name and a fresh look, the brand is already working on the next-generation model. 

That is because although the name is new, the GLE is merely a refresh of the old ML-Class. Pictured in these spy photos is an entirely new GLE, built on a fresh platform which Mercedes calls the Modular High Architecture (MHA).

As can be expected from most modern cars moving to a new platform, the GLE is set to lose some weight, which should help with fuel economy. Power will come from a range of gasoline and diesel engines along with a plug-in hybrid setup. A turbocharged V8 will also be stuffed under the hood for the sporty AMG variants.

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Though thick camouflage is used on this prototype, but we can see that the overall styling of the GLE seems use wider wheel arches with a slightly lower, sleeker overall look.

The all-new GLE is expected to debut around 2018.

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  • mick

    What is the monster with the hatch open behind it?

  • Erzhik

    That’s the upcoming GLS. I guess people didn’t realize that this is also the first picture of the new GLS