We are witnessing the first spy photos of a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class model which are also supposed to mark the next generation model for this car. But you might think this as strange as the model actually made its first official debut in 2016, but since there have been some name changes as the designers from Mercedes tend to do that in a very confusing manner, we have a new-generation GLE-Class model on our hands now.
But the old GLE models are soon going to be forgotten with the introduction of the new versions which bare a different nomenclature and a completely new name. We assume this as the latest test mule is covered with an unusually large amount of padding and camo. The first spy photos which have emerged showcase a heavily redesigned model which will probably fit some new design cues which will make it more than just a rebaged ML car.
As the car was spotted doing the tests it quickly prompted the question about the release date. Unfortunately, we cannot expect it to be so soon but we are hoping to see the car this year. Our review will help you learn about the current status of the 2018 GLE-Class model and find out what is there instore for them.
When is the Release Date of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Expected?
The latest 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is not expected to make its debut yet, but based on the current design of the car we can start to prepare for the car soon. In fact we are probably going to be treated to a showcasing of this model pretty soon when they finish the last parts about its design and it will be followed by a release date which will more than likely be set for somewhere in 2018, which is when the car becomes available for sale.
What could the Price be?
People are saying that the predicted price for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will probably enhance by only $1,000 compared to the current one. Thus the outgoing model has a base MSRP of $51,100 for the entry-level GLE350 trim, while the addition of a4MATIC version makes the price $53,600. The GLE400 4MATIC sells at $64,600 while the GLE550e Plug-in is offered at $65,550. In US we only have a single diesel variant, the GLE300d 4MATIC, and this one retails from $52,500.
Potentially Great Exterior Updates
As things look now the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will probably get a massive update for the front end. The heaviest amount of camo is present for the front end of the car and the spy photos do not really show much, but it is obvious to discern some parts if you know where you are looking for them. The front of the hood will change the most and there are some potential new sharper liens for the hood given. The corner vents will remain but will possibly be made larger and will have more functionality for this vehicle. The air dam will also be probably made larger compared to the current look.
When viewing the vehicle from the side, it seems that the sharp body line that feeds from the upper portion of the front wheel arch has been removed. It appears that the body line is planned to curve upward this time while the wheel arches will be significantly flared compared to before. The rear will also change dramatically and much of it seems unknown. But based on what we were able to discern here the rear quarter glass might not wrap around to the rear hatch. The pull area on the hatch is more pronounced and the hatch itself looks a bit longer. The taillights are expected to change also with an elegant LED layout expected to be added.
What might the Inside be Like?
There is still not much to go on for the interior of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, but we do have some aspirations. In fact, when the C-Class model was introduced it presented one of the best looking cabins recently seen. It was subsequently transferred to the E-Class and we were able to witness how the layout worked there. We are hoping that something similar might happen here and that the GLE-Class gets the same treatment. Although the single picture of the interior of the car does not confirm completely that the 2018 GLE-Class is going to do the same it actually looks pretty much close to doing so.
We expect to see an elevated center console which is the same as in current Mercedes cars. Also we do expect to get a new instrument cluster which might also work well for the car here. This also promotes a wide infotainment display with circular HVAC vents. It is expected that the car has a two-toned interior with leather and soft-touch surfaces, while only the higher trims might get a rear-seat infotainment system.
No Changes in the Powertrain Department
It is still not confirmed whether the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class decides the carry over the current lineup of engines or they decide to go with a completely new one. If they decide to keep it simple and retain the current one we are expect to gain a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with an output of 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque for the GLE350, or a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, V- 6 with an output of 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The base GLE350 4MATIC and GLE400 4MATIC are capable of hauling 7,200 pounds while the two-wheel-drive 350 can tow 6,600 pounds. The GLE550e plug-in uses a 3.0-liter from the GLE400 but pairs it with an electronic evening to make a total output of 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The diesel variant uses a 2.1-liter turbodiesel with an output of 201 horsepower and 369 pound-feet for the GLE33d 4MATIC version.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 0-60 mph and Top Speed
If they decide to keep the same engine setup as now for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, we are looking at the same performance as before. The outgoing model scores a 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 132 mpg, and these will only change if they do decide to go for a completely different powertrain setup.
Fuel Economy and Consumption
The same thing can be said for the fuel economy of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. These will probably remain the same also. No further changes have been mentioned about the current enhancements to the fuel specs. The current EPA score gives us a fuel consumption of 18 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. It would be nice if they work on improving it as it will make the car far more competitive in the market.
Size and Cargo Capacity
It would seem that they are planning of keeping the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class in the same size as before. There are no particularly reasons to expand and change the size of the vehicle so it is pretty understandable to keep it this way. The length of the car is 189.1 in, wheelbase 114.8 in, height 70.7 in and width 75.8 in. Passenger volume is pretty good as it gives us 103 cu ft and the cargo bay is also exceptional with 38 cu ft of space.
Transferred Safety Records
The newest 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will transfer the safety of the previous car, that is for sure, but it will certainly offer something new in order to sweeten up the deal. It will probably base the safety mostly on the M-Class cars as the previous car has also done the same. So we are going to get adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Besides this standard equipment includes air bags, including driver and passenger front and side airbags, curtain air bags for both rows, and a driver’s knee air bag but also an added rearview camera standard and a surround-view camera system optional.
What are the Possible Rivaling Cars?
The surprising release of a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class next generation car is going to create some newer rivals for this brand. We are looking at such cars as the latest BMW X5 and also the Audi Q7 models as being the closest that the segment can throw at the 2018 GLE-Class vehicle.
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