Mercedes has begun work on the all-new 2019 GLE, the replacement for the older GLE. Our reader spotted a test mule while he was in Germany and sent us this image.
The GLE will now feature twin LED DRLs on the headlamp, as opposed to the single unit which has been on offer on the GLE currently. The E line of cars have had the dual LED strip since the facelift of the previous generation E Class and since the GLE is supposed to the E Class SUV, it too will have the same headlamp treatment. The vehicle will get a more rounded tail lamp cluster as well, something similar to what is on offer on the new GLC.
While the vehicle received a minor facelift a few years back, the main change was the nomenclature change from the ML to the GLE. The GLE was essentially a minor facelift for the ML. It will now be based on the MRA platform, on which the E Class is based on. The vehicle will be bigger than the existing GLE but it will not be any heavier. The introduction of the new platform means it will now shed weight. The GLE has always been a comfortable and a spacious offering and the new one will take that forward. The vehicle will get Mercedes’s new inline 6-cylinder engine and also the newer 2.0 liter diesel engine, as opposed to the 2.1 which is currently on offer.
On the inside, the GLE will most likely have the new digital instrument cluster which is on offer on the new Mercedes across the range. Even the E Class gets the twin digital displays in the international market. It is only in the Indian market that it has been left out.
The vehicle will be introduced sometime next year with the Indian launch still far away.