2020 Mercedes GLE
This actually looks much better than I though it would.
The exterior is very clean (like recent Mercedes designs). Yet retains the DNA of previous generations.
This is a really nice, understated, simple and grown up design.
(I mean, compare this to the Lexus RX….)
I think the interior looks good too. The dash is inspired by last year’s Maybach concept.
And it does look quite upscale. (Still too bad Mercedes insists on showing official pix with photoshopped cheesy blue ambient light… Why???)
Power comes from Mercedes’s new inline 6 cylinder (also used in the new CLS) with 367HP and a 9 speed automatic. A plug-in hybrid version will follow later.
The new GLE will also offer a 3rd row option for the first time.
It doesn’t look really big in these pictures, but the wheelbase is about 3 inches longer.
So it should be roomier than before.
No price yet, but the current model starts at around $52 000. Which is quite a step up from the $40 000 GLC.
Also up from the $41 000 Lexus RX.
It only looks like a bargain when compared to the BMW X5 at about $56 000…
The all new GLE will be available in Europe and the US early 2019.