2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Undergoing Tests
Redesigned and set to bow next year, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the next generation of the German automaker’s midsize SUV. Although it was renamed last year as part of a new nomenclature that relates the SUV side of the business to the C-, E- and S-Classes on the car side, the GLE still rides on the previously dubbed ML-Class platform, which was last redesigned in 2012.
Spy photos show that the vehicle caught here testing is known internally as the W167, which is the next in the series of the current GLE family, which is called the W166. The vehicle is a true SUV with a traditional longitudinally-mounted drivetrain powering either the rear or all four wheels.
Beneath this camouflage, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE looks bolder and more muscular, design attributes alluding to its off-road capabilities. A new family of V6 engines is expected to be teamed with a 9-speed automatic transmission, air suspension and electronic limited-slip differentials, elements that will give the new model surefooted dynamics on road and off.
In addition to the standard V6 models, reports indicate that Mercedes is also preparing two AMG versions, a 3.0-liter twin turbo GLE AMG43 making over 400 horsepower and a twin turbo 4.0-liter V8, with the top spec rated at over 600 horsepower. It’s also expected that the range will include a plug-in hybrid.