2019 Mercedes GLE: Most Revealing Photos Give Us Our Best Look Yet

A production-spec version of the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE has been photographed (and filmed) wearing a thin disguise that reveals many new details, including a better look at the front and a nearly unobstructed view of the rear and profile.

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 less bulky with pointier endings than the GLC.

The sharper front fascia incorporates a mixture of GLC and all-new CLS styling cues with extra large openings on the bumper, while on the sides, the new C-pillar of the Mercedes-Benz GLE looks very similar to the current generation.

Below you also find two other prototypes (in red) that we’ve spied recently with light camo 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, with fewer design lines.

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 details, spy shots and a video

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Photo Credits: CarPix & SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • 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 🙂

  • Bash

    It’s another SUV.

    • Paul

      Heaven forbid, huh.

    • botornot387

      Cant really say its another. Its a redesign. The GLE has been around for 20 years. Its def not new (ML) and the hate on SUV models really can subside. If they weren’t selling in such large numbers then they wouldn’t be around.

  • 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.

    • botornot387

      Best comment!

  • Kagan

    They always lacked styling.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      And now we see that it will not be able to hold a candle against the G05.

  • Mynameis Taylor

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

  • 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.

    M

    • 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.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        And now we know the X5 *WILL* in fact crush it.

    • Roy

      Me too !

    • botornot387

      Its the Q5 light signature.

  • 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.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          This new GLE will not compete well against the G05. These spy pics confirm that.

          • driv3r

            Says who? And why?

          • Andrewthecarguy

            Me.
            Look at it!
            🙂

  • 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!

    • donald seymour

      I will agree with you concerning the rear quarter. Except for the G, Mercedes doesn’t know how to rear proportions right.

  • Paul

    I think it looks pretty sharp.

  • Autoexperte
    • no25

      those aren’t even headlights.

      • Autoexperte

        taillights, right

    • botornot387

      The rear light shape and general shaping of the rear screams Subaru to me.

  • WM sap

    i can confirm that the tail lights are exactly like the 2019 CLS

    • driv3r

      They are not.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Rear three quarters look almost the same, I guess that’s just a ML/GLE trait Mercedes wants to not change

    • donald seymour

      And that’s the part I hate most. The rear quarter doesn’t give off an expensive look to itself.

  • Chayadol Noi

    i guess tail light from cls and head lamp from gt 4doors, interior maybe maybach suv concept

  • botornot387

    Have to say, even without seeing the final product, just based on renderings and these prototypes the X5 is much better. I put this more towards the bottom of the list. Mercedes SUV styling sans the G wagon is generic, though this looks like it will break from sharing the same headlight that every Merc does.

  • no25

    With this along with the new X5, new Q5, and the RX (that should be receiving a facelift soon), this is going to be a competitive class!

  • Bo Hanan

    This “spy shot” nonsense is just that. Nonsense. You want to know what the new GLE will look like? Take a photo of the GLA, set it on the copier and enlarge the copy by 20%. Duh?!

  • MarkoS

    It is not bad, but not very much of an advancement either.

  • Finkployd

    Looking good but they should get rid of that awkward C pillar

  • Jay

    The wheel arches look like the Volvo XC90 ones.

  • erly5

    I see they’ve kept that ugly C pillar, had high hopes that it would be dropped. At least the overall design looks better than the current hideous version.

    • wintergraan

      But it’s the shape of the c-pillar that makes the GLE/M-Class stand out in that sea of similar looking midsize luxury SUVs (including their own line-up) 🙂 I also never really liked the current generation GLE so I’m really looking forward to the official unveiling.

      • erly5

        I agree the C pillar is a distinguishing feature of M Class/GLE. It worked better on the Mk1 and Mk2 versions. I think my problem with the Mk3 was that the overall design looked more Ssangyong than Mercedes and I was therefore hoping for a change in style with the new version. From what we’ve seen so far, the Mk4 certainly looks a more cohesive design than the Mk3 and hopefully the C pillar treatment will complement the new design.

        • wintergraan

          I totally agree. The third generation looked dated from the moment it was released and the facelift didn‘t help at all.
          But I‘m confident that Mercedes will successfully translate their new design language to the GLE. It already looks much better 🙂

  • Elmediterraneo

    Line up :
    GLE 250d : 4 cylinder diesel 224 PS
    GLE 300 : 4 cylinder 245 PS
    GLE 350d : 6 cylinder diesel 286 PS
    GLE 350 : 4 cylinder 300 PS
    GLE 400d : 6 cylinder diesel 340 PS
    GLE 450 : 6 cylinder 367 PS
    AMG GLE 53 : 6 cylinder 435 PS
    AMG GLE 63 : V8 585 PS
    AMG GLE 63 S : V8 640 PS

    • Merc1

      Looks about right.

      M

    • driv3r

      Nice guess. But its neither correct nor complete.

  • Glad they’re keeping that trademark rear pillar design.

    • donald seymour

      I hate the “trademark rear pillar” design.

  • Jason Panamera

    Just another Benzedes-Merc

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the teardrop shaped taillights look good on hatchbacks or compact cars… not on a SUV… they’re way too small

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