Unseen till now by virtue of being hidden under thin layers of masking, the five second clip mainly shows the GLE’s new twin strip LED headlight design and single bar X-class inspired grille, as well as a redesigned bumper with wider air intakes.
Although no further details were revealed, including new images of the rear, the internally named V167 will be some 80mm longer than its W166 predecessor, and come equipped with an optional low range gearbox and air suspension to rival the Off-road Package of the new BMW X5.
Based on spy images of the interior, the GLE’s overall design mirrors that of the new A-class and boasts the dual 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment display, the latter likely to be the same MBUX system with voice command and functions, with further touches being the grab handles and haptic touchpad on the centre console, new steering wheel and traditional trapezoidal air vents.
Reportedly sharing “two or three bolts” with the W166, the V167, which will again spawn a coupe bodystyle to rival the likes of the Audi Q8 and BMW X6, the GLE’s range of engine options will consist out of a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six petrol making 270kW/500Nm, backed-up by a 48-volt electric motor that releases and additional 16kW/250Nm for short bursts, and a 3.0-litre straight-six turbodiesel in two outputs; 210kW/600Nm and 250kW/700Nm.
Later on, Mercedes-AMG will put its spin on the GLE with the first being the 53 that will replace the 43, and swap the 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 for the aforementioned straight-six petrol, but re-tuned to produce 320kW/520Nm, the same as the CLS 53 and E53, with the same amount of electric power available.
The flagship V8 models will meanwhile do away with the old twin-blower 5.5-litre motor in place of the now widely used 4.0-litre bi-turbo that could pack 420kW/750Nm in standard guise, or 450kW/850Nm in the case of the GLE 63 S.
A further new addition is the plug-in hybrid GLE 350e, which will use the same 155kW 2.0-litre petrol engine as the E350e, supplemented by a 65kW electric motor for a total system output of 210kW/60Nm. A lower output four-cylinder diesel variant, possibly badged 300d and available with rear-wheel drive, could be introduced as the entry-level model at some stage.
On course for the Paris Motor Show in October, the GLE will go on sale in a number of markets towards the end of this year, with the coupe and AMG models only due to arrive next year.
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