The Mercedes-Benz GLE is the iconic company’s offering in midsized SUV segment and it is getting readied for 2018. The new Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 is still based on the company’s ML-Class platform though it gets a new nomenclature. Codenamed as W167- the 2018 version has been caught testing at various locations. The production version may make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 – Body Style Changes and other Options:
The test vehicle spied at several places had heavy padding making exact identification hard. Some changes are likely to be there at both rear and front side. The grille and bonnet may be redesigned for 2018. The well known elongated oval-shaped grille is likely to be replaced with a unit with the shape like two squares. Another important design aspect in the Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 is the reduced weight. The car may have a larger wheelbase, experts assume. It seems the side profile of the 2018 model will not change much from that of the predecessor. However, the new wheel arch lips lend the vehicle somewhat rugged stance. Taillight may be changed but it is difficult to know from spy shots. There may be an AMG variant as well.
The cabin, as expected from any Mercedes-Benz vehicle will be classy and replete with all amenities you can think of. Lots of soft touch materials, Leather, and wood trims are expected. It is likely the cabin will have elements taken from the company’s S-Class and new E-class vehicles. Higher trims may be equipped with backseat displays. Cargo room may be enhanced in this version by a degree.
Expected safety features are antilock disc brakes, forward collision warning, traction control and stability control, rearview camera, airbags, and also a hill start to assist. The much touted Mbrace telematics system is likely to be there which comprises of emergency assistance, alarm notification and automatic collision notification. The vehicle may also get Attention Assist feature which tracks driver alertness levels. Optional safety features may include blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning.
The infotainment system in Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 is likely to be overhauled greatly and it will have better support for Smartphone integration. As expected, plenty of customization options will be there for cabin trims and seat. Additional packages like Premium 1 and 2 package, Exterior Sports package, Night package, Parking Assist package are likely to be offered. Different audio systems can be chosen based on trims.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 – Engine and Transmission:
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 will have a wide range of powertrain choices. A new hybrid engine may be offered, as per industry sources. There will be also a turbocharged six-cylinder and 4 cylinder diesel, petrol engines. The engines may be mated with the company’s 9-speed automatic gearbox. A twin turbo V8 4.0-liter unit may be offered in selected markets. Even if the company decides to use existing engines in the 2018 model, their output may be slightly tweaked.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 – Price and Availability:
It is too early to say anything on the pricing of Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018. However, the price tag should not go up too much compared to the existing model. So, the entry level model GLE350 may be priced at $52,000 while $53,600 may be the price for its 4MATIC version. The GLE400 4MATIC may cost $64,600 while the expected GLE550e Plug-in may cost $65,550. Finally, the car will be made available for sale in late 2017.
Summing it up:
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 2018 is a well designed and feature rich mid-range luxury SUV, as it is evident from the various spy shots. The design changes at exterior give it some freshness too. The cabin is also likely to receive some enhancements. It will face competition from established segment rivals like the BMW X5 and then there is the venerable Audi Q7 which is about to join the party. Even the Range Rover Sport and Porsche Macan will lock horns with it.