The 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE will soon be redesigned, and we have prototype spy photos for the new generation of the popular mid-size luxury SUV. The current GLE was introduced for the 2016 model year but is just an update of the M-Class launched in 2012. We are waiting for the redesigned model on sale in 2018. It is expected to arrive as a 2019 model.
Visually, the new 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE E generation is revealed not as a revolution, but as an evolution. As far as we can see, the new car is slightly less angular than the current GLE, following the more rounded lines of its more recent counterparts. The aprons and thresholds are redesigned, the grill modified. The distinctive beads on the side should also be revised, but the profile line is now above the door knobs. And the characteristic C pillar should continue to fight against the direction of travel – but here it takes a new impetus. As for the current series, the Mercedes GLE Coupé (C292) is expected to arrive later on the market.
A look into the cockpit of the new GLE reveals an oversized dual display that far exceeds the center of the dashboard. As in the S-Class, the left half is used to display all relevant driving information, while the right-hand section is for the infotainment and navigation system. The first spying images reveal a dual 12.3-inch screen layout and a different rotary knob for the navi. Under the display we see four new rectangular vents. The driver reaches into a newly designed steering wheel including the touchpad. For rear passengers in the GLE, there should be more space.
The GLE 43 could be promoted to become the GLE 53 taking into account a recent report indicates that Mercedes-AMG is scheduled to deploy a hybrid series “53” in the near future to replace what would be the “43” ephemera. The CLS 53 is poised to pave the way with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine running on an electric motor to provide a combined horsepower of about 500 horsepower, with 430 horsepower supplied by the combustion engine and 70 other CVs generated by the electric motor.
One of the oldest models in the Mercedes range, the current GLE exists since 2011, when it was still called ML. It will make the transition to the next generation likely in the second half of next year before being put on sale as 2019MY.