These are the first photos of a prototype for the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLE mid-size SUV.
The current GLE was only introduced for the 2016 model year but the vehicle’s underpinnings actually date back to the 2012 M-Class.
That’s why Mercedes engineers are already out testing a successor, which we expect on the market sometime during 2018. It should arrive as a 2019 model.
We know this is the new GLE because of its size and proportions but also because of the “W167” inscription on its rear. The current GLE is referred to internally as a W166.
The vehicle is heavily disguised but we can still make out much of the design. We’re glad to see the designers have adopted a much rugged look for the new SUV, with wide wheel arches leading into a narrow cabin. Expect the shape to more closely resemble the original GLK whose strong lines were inspired by the iconic G-Class.
The new GLE will be the second model to ride on Mercedes’ MHA platform for SUVs sized from the GLC up (excluding the G-Class). The platform is closely related to Mercedes’ MRA platform found in most of the automaker’s sedans and coupes and made its debut in the GLC.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.