Mercedes-Benz's upcoming off-roader will get a more muscular design and new coupé version

The next Mercedes-Benz GLE has been spotted testing with its lightest disguise yet, previewing how the upcoming BMW X5 rival will look when it lands in showrooms later this year, following an anticipated reveal at the Paris motor show.

The current GLE - codenamed W166 - made its debut in 2015, and this successor, the W167, will continue to compete with the likes of the Porsche Macan and the recently facelifted Range Rover Sport.

As shown by new spy pictures, design changes for the GLE will mix the muscular bodyshape of the current car with the sharper, more streamlined features of Mercedes' latest design language. Most obvious on the recently spotted test car are the GLE's new headlights.

Further back, the car gets wider wheel arches, giving it a more rugged stance and suggesting the GLE's track could be slightly wider to enhance stability and grip.

The GLE's wheelbase is expected to stretch slightly - the test car backs this as it looks to have a shorter front overhang. This would lend itself to better leg room inside, particularly in the back, which is a key trait to enhance the car's success in China.

At the rear, the window is more raked than the current model to create a more sporting stance.

Power is expected to come from an updated list of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a new plug-in hybrid option. The latter is important to ensure the car can conform to strict emissions legislations in key markets, including China, which dictate that a car must be capable of zero-emission running.

Like the current car, a hot AMG GLE 63 version is due, where it is expected to use AMG's twin-turbocharged 'hot vee' V8 engine, in place of the current car's older 5.5-litre unit.

The more efficient unit is good for 603bhp in other applications, such as the AMG E 63 S, but the biggest improvements over the 5.5-litre come with efficiency and its lighter weight, which should lend to more responsive handling.

AMG's current GLE model is no slouch, accelerating from zero to 62mph in 4.2sec, so its more potent and lighter successor could edge this heavyweight's sprint time into the realms of proper supercars. Its arch-rival, the BMW X5 M, is due on roads later this year with 592bhp, ensuring close competition.

A development car for the GLE 63 has been spotted wearing a Panamerica front grille, linking it to other AMG models such as the GT sports car, which the grille was first featured on.

The GLE 63 is expected to arrive a little later, likely in the early parts of 2019 at a US motor show, because the model is built in America. 

Also due in the range will be a new GLE Coupé model that uses the same running gear as the GLE but features a sleeker roofline, offering a more direct alternative to the BMW X6. The limited-run Range Rover Coupé is also in this class, but it's £240,000 price tag makes it a unique proposition.

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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!

20 July 2017
289 wrote:

...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!

You've got two of them, don't you?


6 April 2018

But it looks dull.  Land Rover showed, with the Evoque, that small SUV-type cars can look good (that's why they sold so many, because it certainly wasn't keen pricing!).  Yet still Mercedes and BMW especially continue with really incredibly boring designs - ugly, in BMW's case, to boot.  The Seat Ateca is nice.  But my point is, why buy a AMG V8 when the dress it's wearing is so bland?

21 April 2018

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28 May 2018

 One car maker copying the other, nothing radical, roughly the same size, does nothing new, these types of Cars are just Grass and Blue Sky, always there very little change from model to model, Car maker to Car maker.....come on Car makers!

Peter Cavellini.

28 May 2018
To be replacing a car after only 3 years is a hopeless fail.

Although the current model does look far worse than the previous model.

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