It seems Mercedes-Benz has started working on the next generation GLE SUV, as it was spotted doing some test rounds in Germany. The existing version of the GLE SUV was codenamed ‘W166’, so we get a confirmation about the model to be the next-gen version, as we can see a ‘W167’ badging at the rear of the prototype. The GLE made its debut last year at the New York Auto Show, essentially it is a fresh M-Class. And with the company’s usual three year life cycle, it will most likely touch the market by 2019.
The spy images reveal that the car was heavily camouflaged, but it was quite easily noticeable that it received a redesigned frontal. Looking at the side profile, the most prominent part is the wheel arches that give it more striking SUV-ish appearance. There are a lot of exterior features that were added just for the testing purpose like the wheels and ORVMs, each of them were different. The front and rear overhang seem smaller than the current version, hinting it to sit over a longer wheelbase.
The existing generation model of the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV is offered in two engine options in India - 250d 4MATIC and 350d 4MATIC. The 250d gets its power from a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that is capable to deliver 201bhp and develops 500Nm of peak torque, on the other hand the 350d draws its power from a 3.0-litre V6 diesel unit, good for 258bhp and 620Nm of peak torque. Both the engines come paired with a 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox as standard.
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