2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review – When Mercedes chose to switch up its naming procedures for its model lineup, things got a little complicated, especially for models that received a brand-new design designation as part of a mid-cycle facelift. And that discusses why we’re looking at spy shots of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class in spite of the fact that the model technically made its world debut for 2016 and the first GLE designs are soon to be forgotten about as Mercedes is busy prepping and evaluating an all-new generation to opt for the new GLE nomenclature.

At this moment, the test mule that our company believe to be the next-gen GLE is covered quite heavily in camo and padding. We expect to see a variety of modifications up front and in the rear, but the side profile will likely alter very little bit. Since the time of this writing, the schedule for the release of the next-gen GLE has yet to be announced, but it will likely makes its world debut sometime in early 2017 and could hit showrooms for the 2018 model year. Till that occurs, let’s take an appearance at these spy shots and talk a little more about the next generation.


Undoubtedly, Mercedes has actually gone to fantastic length to cover up the front, and most likely for good reason. The sharp lines on the hood look to have actually been moved further outside based on the padding to the sides of the hood. I do not expect the grille to alter much, but the camouflage and cushioning here leads me to think the grille will take on the exact same shape but might be a little different in size. There is some padding at work here, and the wheel arches might take on a substantial flare compared with the existing design. The glass on the rear door has also altered, with the fixed back window being more curved than previously.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

Mercedes-Benz GLE Exterior

In the back, there seem plenty of changes in the works; we just can’t construct out precisely what they are. Based upon the design of the camouflage, it appears like the rear quarter glass might not wrap around to the rear hatch as it does on the present model. Furthermore, the pull location on the hatch is more pronounced, and the hatch looks to be a bit longer. It also appears like the rear fascia doesn’t have that step area simply listed below the rear hatch– a feature that will offer the rear end a smoother, more modern appearance. The taillights will also take on significant changes. Expect a classy LED layout to choose a more rounded system, specifically where the taillight pertains to a point where it meets the rear quarter and rear fascia. We expect to obtain at least one more round of spy shots before the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE makes its officially exposed, so stay tuned for updates in the future.


When Mercedes redesigned the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it offered the full-size sedan among the best-looking cabins on the marketplace. That cabin was subsequently rollovered to into the 2017 E-Class, and I think we’ll see a similar looking cabin in the next Mercedes-Benz GLE Class. We haven’t gotten a good appearance at the interior of this test mule, but in one of the images. Naturally, this might just be a strange reflection in the glass, but it suffices to make me believe that and the cabin will likely resemble that of the brand-new E-class and S-Class.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

Mercedes-Benz GLE Interior

Expect to see a raised center console that is on par with present Mercedes design cues, and given that the E-Class got a brand new instrument cluster; the GLE might get its own instrument cluster. Cargo space in the boot will likely increase a little bit, and the rear seats must fold and divide down to offer ample room for freight must somebody decided to use the brand-new Mercedes-Benz GLE as an actual energy vehicle on occasion.


With that said, the next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLE must have a good amount of power and hauling capacity on tap. In the existing design variety, there is the option of a 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 horse power and 273 pound-feet of torque in the Mercedes GLE350 or a 3.0-liters with turbocharged, V-6 with 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The existing lineup likewise includes a GLE550e plug-in that utilizes the very same 3.0-liter from the GLE400 paired with an electrical motor to produce 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That plug-in model comes at a cost, as hauling capacity on the hybrid is restricted to simply 4,410 pounds. There is simply one diesel providing the present lineup, which is a 2.1-liter turbodiesel with 201 horsepower and 369 pound-feet in the GLE33d 4MATIC.

I’m forecasting a mild bump in power across the lineup with the plug-in design producing closer to 460 ponies, while the 3.0-liters turbo unit will come closer and to 345 horsepowers. The fundamental 3.5-liter will probably press closer to 325 ponies, however I think the diesel will acquire really little, perhaps increase to simply 210 horsepower. I personally hope to see some substantial modifications with extra power and towing capacity, but the current lineup isn’t really all that bad, and there will likely be an AMG variation at some point.


I do not anticipate the prices of the Mercedes-Benz GLE to alter much, with an increase of no greater than $1,000 across the board– okay considering the rates of the existing lineup. Since the time of this writing, the entry-level GLE350 begins out at $51,100, with the 4MATIC variation going for $53,600. The GLE400 4MATIC commands $64,600 and the GLE550e Plug-in opts for $65,550. The only diesel in the U.S. lineup, the GLE300d 4MATIC, begins off at $52,500.