2019 Mercedes Benz GLE Spied

The ongoing GLE has been actually released back in 2011 as the M-Class. On top of that, the car is based on a design which is almost a decade old at this point. Its platform is not as capable or as refined as those of its rivals and the car feels older than it should. Luckily though it seems Mercedes is already readying a successor for it. Even though the German manufacturer didn’t say much about it, a new model will definitely be released with the upcoming 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE. This has already been spied testing and the car looked pretty much ready. Even though it was camouflage, the car seen on the road was not a test mule. This had the production body and interior but more on that a bit later.


A few excellent engines
Perfect comfort
Safety at a high level


There is little information about the new 2019 GLE

2019 Mercedes Benz GLE Review

The upcoming GLE is going to be Mercedes’ first car to be based on their brand new MHA architecture.

This “Modular High Architecture” will underpin most of their upcoming SUVs and crossovers. Just like with the previous generation, this is still a unibody design.

The end result should be a lighter and stiffer platform than before

However, it looks like Mercedes will use a lot more aluminum than before and this time around they may also use carbon fiber as well.

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2019 Mercedes Benz GLE shown – Source: autoevolution.com

Thanks to it the car should become better to drive, safer as well as more efficient.

Even though it still is unclear, it looks like the new model will also boast a different wheelbase, which is longer than before, and the car seemed to be wider too.

In terms of size on the other hand it doesn’t seem that different from its predecessor but this remains to be seen when the car will be released later down the road.


We usually don’t get to see much of the cabin of a prototype. However, this is not the case with the upcoming 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE.

In fact, its cabin has been completely exposed and even though it was covered, it is quite clear what path Mercedes chose for this model. The prototype had roughly the same dashboard as the E-Class sedan.

The dashboard design doesn’t seem that much different either

It seems the car will share the dual-12 inch LCD screens which will act as the car’s instrument cluster and infotainment system.

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2019 Mercedes Benz GLE interior shown – Like the E-Class – Source: autoevolution.com

It also seems the car will have a wider center console on which most of the buttons are going to be installed.

The GLE boasts different AC vents as well as a wider center stack

Over its predecessor, the materials are expected to be better and there should be more available space too.

The car will still be a 5-seats model but it might also spawn a 7-seats version later down the road.

GLE 63 S Coupe Spied Testing at the Nurburgring


The test mule, despite being heavily camouflaged, looked to be not that different from what we expected.

It looks like the design of the 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE is evolutionary and there is nothing wrong with that. There are some key differences though.

The grille and headlights in front seem to be mostly identical to those on the E-Class

The car now boasts rectangular wheel wells, it has a new roof-line which seems to slightly arch towards the back as well as a lower front end.

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2019 Mercedes Benz GLE shown – Source: autoevolution.com

However, its rear end seems to be quite a bit sportier than before and more in line with what we have seen on the GLC model.

Engine and Specs of 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE

The 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE will be available with quite a few different engines.

Let’s remember…

2016 Mercedes GLE400 4MATIC Specifications
Engine Typetwin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6
Transmission7-speed automatic
Displacement329 hp, 354 lb-ft
Length189.1 inch
Wheelbase114.8 inch
Width75.8 inch
Height70.7 inch

The base car will likely come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four good for anything between 200 and 260 horsepower and up to 260 lb-ft of torque.

The range-topping AMG version will stick with a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 offering as much as 600 horsepower

A larger 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 with as much as 370 horsepower is also going to be available on some models.

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2017 Mercedes Benz GLE engine shown – Source: mercedesbenzchicago.com

It seems that Mercedes will also offer a 48V electric system on some models in order to provide a mild hybrid system.

A set of diesel ranging from a 2.2 liter inline 4 and up to a 3.0 liter inline 6 is also expected.

All engines are likely going to be mated to a 9 speed automatic and a standard all wheel drive system.

Release and Price

It is still too early to talk about the new 2019 GLE, but some rumors suggest that this car should appear at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Price will not be below $67,000

It will hit the showrooms at the end of 2018 or in the beginning of 2019.

We still do not have price information, but we assume that the cost will not be below $67,000

2017 Mercedes GLE Price
GLE 350 4dr SUV 3.5L$60,000
GLE 350 4Matic 4dr SUV AWD 3.5L$62,700
GLE 400 4Matic 4dr SUV AWD 3L Turbo$74,500


The new Mercedes GLE has strong competition, we wish him a lot of luck. These are its rivals:

  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Infiniti QX70
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • BMW X5
  • BMW X6
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Maserati Levante

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Spied

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