The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV has been spotted in southern Europe, in what looks to be the model's second phase of on-road testing following a stint of running near Mercedes' research and development centre in Germany.
The test car features a new nose design, which despite being camouflaged appears to have a more prominent bonnet and new headlights. Fewer changes are expected for the car's grille, as the one fitted to this car looks identical to the current model's, with a pair of horizontal slats and large Mercedes-Benz badge in the middle.
On the side, much of this test car's design is also the same as today's model. The most prominent change is the new wheel arch lips that give the car a more rugged stance and suggest its track could be slightly wider.
The car's overall wheelbase could be longer, too, as the test car looks to have a shorter front overhang.
At the rear, the window is more raked than the current model, and it's safe to assume the design of the tail-lights has also been changed.
The current GLE - codenamed W166 - made its debut last year, and this successor, the W167, will arrive in 2018 to compete with the likes of the 2018 Porsche Macan and the facelifted Range Rover Sport.
As for powertrains, an updated list of turbocharged four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a new hybrid option, are expected. Mercedes-Benz's latest turbocharged V8 will almost certainly feature in the hot AMG GLE 63 model.