Well, we’re finally getting somewhere with the totally redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE. The latest spy shots are showing the new shape of the popular mid-size crossover, and we can say it’s going to be fascinating as always. In contrast to some previous testing mules, this prototype shows what’s going to change with the arrival of the new generation model.
It appears that the German car manufacturer prepares a revolutionary redesign of its high-selling model. The 2019 GLE will feature significantly more rugged design with plenty of changes. There’s a massive grille in the front, as well as completely new and really angular headlights. The SUV is also getting wider wheel arches, which will totally change vehicle’s appearance. Around back, the carmaker will add more dynamic and new taillight, while a redesigned bumper sports a dual exhaust layout.
The guys from Motorauthority.com managed to take a glimpse of the new interior. Judging by the spy shots, the cabin will suffer a dramatic redesign. It’s going to get a smartphone touchscreen for the COMAND infotainment system and a new center console with dual screen layout. Mercedes will equip the new generation GLE with the latest semi-autonomous driving system, which has been introduced with the new E-Class sedan.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will use a new platform. It’s so-called MHA architecture that will also underpin every SUV from the GLC up, except the iconic G-Class, which is getting its own chassis. Anyway, the platform supports a range of powertrain options, so you can expect the next-gen GLE with all-new inline-4 and -6 gasoline engines, and probably with several hybrid options. Of course, the AMG model will use an amazing twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Mercedes will offer a couple of diesel options overseas, but not in North America. No matter which one engine you choose, you will get a standard 9-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.