When Mercedes decided to change its naming protocols for its model range, things got a bit confusing, especially for models that received a new model designation as part of a mid-cycle facelift. And this explains why we are looking at next generation GLE-Class espionage plans, despite the fact that the model technically made its debut in the world for 2016. The first GLE models are soon to forget because Mercedes is busy preparing and Test A new generation to go with the new GLE nomenclature.
2018 Mercedes GLE Design
The test car features a new design nose, which despite being camouflaged seems to have a more prominent hood and new headlights. Fewer changes are expected for the car’s grid, as the one equipped with this car looks identical to the current model, with a pair of horizontal blades and a large Mercedes-Benz badge in the middle.
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On the side, much of the design of this test car is also the same as today’s model. The most important change is the new arch wheel lips that give the car a more robust stance and suggest that its track might be slightly wider. The overall wheelbase of the car could be longer, too, the test car seems to have a shorter front overhang. At the back, the window is more scraped than the current model, and it is safe to assume that the design of the taillights has also been changed.
2018 Mercedes GLE Inside
The Mercedes to include as standard on the GLE350 driver aids planned at this price range. These include the blind-spot alert, auto tracking lane correction aid, and a rearview mirror camera, which so far have been available only as part of expensive option packages. They have been standard on other GLE models and we expect an advanced warning with stand-alone emergency braking to be included in each GLE, with a system designed to keep the vehicle steady on the road in strong crosswinds.
Otherwise, expect changes to be limited to updating an existing approval or to extended functions for the already developed infotainment system. This means that the GLE should again be delivered as standard with a long list of essential luxury cars, including heated power adjustable front seats (14-way driver settings and 10-way passenger adjustments), Two-zone automatic climate control, windscreen wiper, folding side mirrors, power liftgate and comand infotainment with the automaker’s telematics “mbrace”. The expected features to this stratum should continue abundant and include elements such as automatic tri-zone air conditioning, soft-closing doors, ventilated and massaging the front seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, rear DVD entertainment and an audiophile Grade Bang & Olufsen stereo.
2018 Mercedes GLE Engine
The next-generation 2018 Mercedes GLE should have a decent power and towing capability at the tap. In the current model range there is the choice of a 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque in the GLE350 or a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, V-6 with 329 horsepower, Steam and 354 lb-ft of torque. The GLE350 4MATIC and the GLE400 4MATIC are capable of carrying up to 7,200 pounds, while the two-wheeler 350 can pull only 6,600. The current range also includes a GLE550e plug-in that uses the same 3.0 liter Of the GLE400 paired with an electric motor to generate 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. This plug-in model has a cost because the towing capacity on the hybrid is limited to only 4,410 pounds. There is just one diesel offering the current line, which is a 2.1-liter turbodiesel with 201 horsepower and 369 lb-ft in the GLE33d 4MATIC.
Release Date and Price
At the time of writing, the 2018 Mercedes GLE350 entry level starts at $ 51,100, with the 4MATIC version for $ 53,600. The GLE400 4MATIC $ 64,600 and the GLE550e plug-in are $ 65,550. The only American diesel, the GLE300d 4MATIC, starts at $ 52,500. Although the GLE can make its debut later this year, we do not expect to see it in showrooms until 2018.