2019 Mercedes GLE Loses Heavy Camo, Shows Off New-Gen Styling (Updated)

It’s been a while since we got to see Mercedes testing their new-generation non-AMG GLE in public, and lo and behold, here are two prototypes wearing what can be described as very revealing overalls.

While at first they may seem identical, a closer look immediately points to them being different specs. The prototype with the twin bars flanking the Mercedes-Benz logo could be an entry-level spec, like an Avantgarde, whereas the other one appears to be wearing an AMG styling package.

The latter also has a beefier front bumper with what could be larger air intakes. Overall, since neither car is heavily camouflaged, we can also admire the 2019 GLE’s fresh styling, which is clearly inspired by the automaker’s new take on exterior aesthetics, dubbed Sensual Purity, where you’re basically looking at fewer and fewer design lines.

It sort of looks a lot like a GLC, doesn’t it?

We can’t shake this feeling of how much this prototype reminds us of the smaller GLC crossover. It’s a little more elegant, yes, but the overall shape is similar, as is the tailgate and even the taillight design. At the same time, the GLE’s rear lights seem to be a little less bulky than the GLC’s, while holding on to the same form factor.

As for the front fascia, it could end up being a mixture of GLC and all-new CLS styling, but we’ll have to wait for more camouflage to come off before drawing any final conclusions.

The GLE will welcome its most elegant cabin yet

These interior shots aren’t new. In fact, they’re from over a year ago, yet it’s the closest we’ve come to seeing that the all-new GLE’s interior will look like.

It will feature the automaker’s fancy dual-screen setup, four rectangular air vents (instead of round ones), a floating console design and the same steering wheel as in the new G-Class. Altogether, we expect the GLE to edge out the G-Wagen when it comes to plush materials, and only lose out to the all-new GLS in that department, if at all.

When it comes to tech, the new GLE should, aside from the wide-screen displays, also feature adjustable ambient lighting and the new MBUX infotainment system, which is Linux based, has an Nvidia GPU and 8 GB of RAM. Last but not least are the driver assistance systems, which should mirror those found on the facelifted S-Class.

Power will come via a range of diesel and petrol units, possibly including the new in-line six-cylinder engine from the new CLS 450, where it produces 370 PS (362 HP) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, plus an additional 22 PS (21 HP) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) courtesy of the EQ Boost function.

Meanwhile, the flagship GLE 63 version is expected to use the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 as other Mercedes-AMG cars, with 571 PS (563 HP) for the base spec, and 612 PS (603 HP) for the S variant. Eventually, more efficient electrified models should also join the range.

Round and round we go

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE could be unveiled as early as this year’s Paris Motor Show in October, as a 2019 model. Once in showrooms, it will continue its never-ending battle against the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Volvo XC90, VW Touareg, Lexus RX and Range Rover Sport.

*Article has been updated with new spy shots

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  • Moveon Libtards

    What the f- is with the two humpbacked whale grab bars in the middle console?

  • NissLover

    The CLS of SUVs… I think it’ll look quite good.

    • salamOOn

      yeah, but i hope they would use classic round air vents instead of those square ones…. and i dont like those two huge handles…

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Yeah, Porsche called they want their handles back πŸ™‚

  • Bash

    It’s another SUV.

    • Paul

      Heaven forbid, huh.

  • Puddingpopper

    cayenne oh shit handles because no imagination left or because marketing, or both?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I am thinking both.

  • Nordschleife

    This doesn’t look that small to me and still looks very GLE.

  • Enter Ranting

    This should be called the GL-Zzzzzz.

  • Kagan

    They always lacked styling.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    it’s a good looking SUV, and I think I’m going to like the interior as well πŸ™‚

  • Merc1

    Damn it looks good. Much better than the current one. There may be a GLE 350 with a 299hp I4 as the entry level model this time. Count on GLE 450, GLE 53 and GLE 63s, 362, 429, and 603hp respectively.

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    • Hans_Remore

      The current GLE with the exterior sports package looks pretty good too.

      • erly5

        Nothing would make the current GLE look good imo.

  • Six_Tymes

    Honesty, at first glance I thought it was an Audi

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Right?!
      I think the new X5 will crush this, although Mercedes has been playing this game of cheaper entry level models that look the part so it looks like you are getting more for your money.
      BMW does not know how to do that well; an inexpensive new BMW looks CHEAP.

  • Harry_Wild

    Hard to tell what it actually looks like with the rear quarter panel and upper section covered up!

  • Justin Spencer

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the side profile is the last generation Chevrolet Equinox.

  • Robert

    The new creasing in the profile and around the wheel arches makes it look a little XT4 under the camo. Definitely a welcome change from the bulbous saggy butt design of their current design.

  • erly5

    Glad to see they’ve ditched that second-rate SsangYong look. Appears more stylish and better proportioned than the current monstrosity.

  • Erzhik

    Rear tires are massive

    • lagunas3ca

      MB trying their hardest to compete with X5’s law-defying physics.

      • driv3r

        MB is just adding their new approach to cars and their handling to the GLE as they did it with new A-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLC already.
        The AMG C43 has outperformed the M340i in various driving tests by automobile magazines.
        New X5 (later this year) and new GLE (this late summer) will be a tough (and very close) battle.

  • lagunas3ca

    Everyone knows the handlebars bordering the center console were copied from the Cayenne.

  • Leconte Dave

    Audi?

  • salamOOn

    looks promising

  • HotnCool

    Look good, hopefully instrument panel look like New A Class

  • Harry_Wild

    Looks to clunky looking to me! Not attractive to it at all! Bulky too!

  • Paul

    I think it looks pretty sharp.