Like the majority of Mercedes-Benz crossovers, the M-Class received a mild update and an all-new name back in 2016. The recently minted GLE-Class continued into 2017 with just small shuffling of its basic features, and for 2018, we anticipate no significant modifications.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Design
As a carryover model, we anticipate the 2018 GLE-Class to be visually similar to the existing version. Since of its fresh looks and Mercedes’ devoted fans, this lack of change shouldn’t be a problem. Inside, we also expect no modifications, as it’ll continue with a long list of basic features and its spacious rear seat with 38.4 inches of leg space.
Mentioning its lengthy list of standard features, we expect this to remain the same in 2018. If this holds true, it’ll continue with basic 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, daytime running lights and fog lights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, a power liftgate, leatherette upholstery, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker sound system, and more.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Engine
We likewise anticipate the GLE-Class to continue with its 4 versions: GLE350, GLE400, GLE550e, and AMG GLE63.
The GLE350 will retain its 3.5-liter V6 engine with 302 horse power and 273 pound-feet of torque. The GLE400 will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Moving into the GLE550e, the SUV will acquire a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will include a 114-hp electric motor and a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 for a combined 436 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.
Finally, the AMG GLE63 will get a 5.5-liter V8 with 550 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque or 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque in the S model.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Safety
The 2017 GLE-Class breezed through the IIHS’ security tests with top score in everything other than the headlight test, where it received an “Acceptable” ranking. This gives the GLE a Top Safety Pick Plus designation, and we anticipate this to stay the same in 2018.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Release Date and Price
We anticipate the 2018 GLE-Class’ production to start in July 2017, putting its arrival in display rooms around August or September.
With no modifications coming, we anticipate pricing to remain the like the 2017 model, which varies from $52,925 to $111,575 (destination costs consisted of). Mercedes typically uses lease deals and low APR funding offers on the GLE-Class, and we expect this to stay the very same in the new year.
The key competitors for the 2018 GLE-Class will be the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, and the Volvo XC90.