Spy Photographers Catch All-New Mercedes GLE Testing

The next-generation Mercedes GLE has been caught on camera again by spy photographers.

This time, we get a closer and better look at the new luxury SUV, which will be built on a longer wheelbase to offer more interior space. Although the current Mercedes GLE was introduced in 2016, it was essentially a refresh of the ML Class and shares the same underpinnings. This particular prototype is still wearing plenty of camouflage, but we can see the styling will get more rugged with wider fenders, while borrowing some cues from the smaller GLC.

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The luxury SUV segment is heating up with competition from Jaguar, Porsche and Maserati, and you can expect that the GLE will focus on using the new high-tech features found in the E-Class. Powertrains will likely come from the E-Class lineup as well, which includes a pair of twin-turbo six-cylinder engines and a twin-turbo V8. There will also be a plug-in hybrid and an AMG variant in the lineup.

The new Mercedes GLE SUV should make its debut sometime in 2018, with the GLE Coupe following shortly after.

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