Another prototype of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLE was scooped testing in Germany, and it’s wearing less camouflage then ever.
In fact, the only camo present is on the front bumper, grille and headlights, and at the rear, where a piece of vinyl continues to hide the taillamps and middle part of the tailgate.
Elsewhere, the upcoming BMW X5 and Audi Q7 challenger is totally naked. Even if changes don’t appear to be radical, this GLE is entirely new, having been designed from the ground up, unlike the current model that’s basically a rebadged ML.
Having a slightly larger footprint than its predecessor, the 2019 GLE will offer more legroom for the rear passengers, plusher materials and some tech borrowed from the S-Class, including the dual-screen layout.
An assortment of petrol and diesel engines will power the SUV. There’ll also be PHEV versions as well as AMG-fettled ones, with the latter being powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. The base AMG should be good for 571PS (563hp / 420kW), whereas the S variant will get 612PS (603hp / 450kW).
Mercedes-Benz is expected to pull the cover off the all-new GLE this fall, probably at the 2018 Paris Motor Show at the beginning of October, while the AMG GLE 63 and AMG GLE 63 S, along with the lesser AMG GLE 53, will probably follow next year.