The road to reveal has been long and exhausting.
Judging by the light amount of camouflage this prototype was carrying around, it likely means Mercedes is on the verge of introducing the next-generation GLE. “Camouflage” might not be the proper term since the near-production prototype only had a piece of body-colored film on the taillights along with a white piece of plastic on the front bumper. There was also some disguise on the headlights, but we can still take a good look at those intricate full-LED clusters.
Keen-eyed readers will notice there are some interesting logos plastered around the car and these appear to look like cameras. You can see them in corners of the windshield and rear glass, as well as on the C-pillar. It’s also a bit puzzling as to why the prototype was missing the three-pointed star badge at the front where we can easily observe the radar serving a multitude of purposes, including for the adaptive cruise control.
Developed from the ground up, the revamped GLE has only two or three bolts in common with the outgoing model, and although not immediately noticeable in the video, it’s 3.1 inches (80 millimeters) longer. The bump in size will be reflected by the increase in length of the wheelbase, which in turn will pay dividends in terms of legroom for rear passengers.
Mercedes has teased the overhauled interior set to represent a major departure compared to the current GLE, not just in terms of appearance and layout, but also as far as the amount of tech crammed into the posh cabin. The new generation will borrow a few tricks from the S-Class to do battle with other tech-heavy midsize luxury SUVs, such as the 2019 BMW X5.
Expect the wraps to come off in a matter of weeks, ahead of a market launch likely slated for the end of the year in Europe.
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