Mercedes-Benz appears set to unveil a raft of updated models soon, and the new GLE is one of them, spotted here just outside a Mercedes-Benz facility in Sindelfingen. Our spy photographers have also managed to capture a glimpse of the new GLE’s interior, and here we can see that the SUV range being brought in line with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz model line-up.
The instrument cluster is now fully digital, level with the Comand infotainment display which sits atop a row of quad air-conditioning vents, albeit rectangular here compared to the circular units found in the W213 E-Class and the W222 S-Class, replacing the vertically oriented rectangular vents in the current W166 model.
The dashboard also employs a more floating design, which here also now features a pair of grab handles, one for each side. Not visible here, though also expected, is Mercedes’ ambient lighting setup, which is configurable for various colours in the W222 S-Class and the W213 E-Class. For the one in the hot seat, the steering wheel is now one with a smaller central boss; an item which will gradually find its way into most, if not all future Mercedes-Benz cars.
As a whole, the next MHA-based GLE (the MRA for its SUV models) in expected to grow in overall size slightly to distance itself from the GLC, which itself is slightly bigger than the GLK it replaced. New inline-six petrol and diesel engines could also feature, following their expected debut with the W222 S-Class facelift.
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