New spy shots of Mercedes-Benz's upcoming off-roader show it has bigger wheel arches and a more raked rear window

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.

A new GLE Coupé model will follow, offering a more direct rival to the BMW X6 and forthcoming Range Rover Coupé.

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.

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26 July 2016
But anything would look better than the current Ssangyong-inspired model. So this new GLE could have a longer wheelbase and will probably feature redesigned rear lights. Riveting stuff!

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26 July 2016
...agreed, The Rodius looking current ML/GLE looks truly awful, not helped by Mercedes-Benz's current obsession with gluing tacky looking lumps of plastic chrome on any available space. Almost anything would be an improvement.
Shorter overhangs sound promising, but in the pictures the ground clearance looks even poorer than the current model, and an increased track is just bloody stupid and unnecessary.
You only need to look at the bloated track on current X5's and their inability to pass through lane restrictors and car park exit stations without taking chunks out of their alloys to know that little heed is paid by designers to actual usability.....as they say, the cars are getting bigger, but the lanes are still the same size!

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