Like many Mercedes-Benz crossovers, the M-Class received a mild update and an all-new name back in 2016. The newly minted GLE-Class continued into 2017 with simply small shuffling of its basic features, and for 2018, we anticipate no major changes.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Design
As a carryover model, we expect the 2018 GLE-Class to be visually similar to the current version. Due to the fact that of its fresh looks and Mercedes’ faithful fans, this absence of change shouldn’t be a problem. Inside, we also expect no modifications, as it’ll continue with a long list of standard features and its spacious rear seat with 38.4 inches of leg space.
Mentioning its lengthy list of basic features, we expect this to remain unchanged in 2018. If this is true, it’ll continue with basic 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, daytime running lights and fog lights, automated 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 also prepare for the GLE-Class to continue with its 4 versions: GLE350, GLE400, GLE550e, and AMG GLE63.
The GLE350 will keep its 3.5-liter V6 engine with 302 horsepower 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 electrical 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’ safety tests with leading score in whatever except the headlight test, where it got 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 showrooms around August or September.
With no modifications coming, we expect pricing to stay the like the 2017 model, which ranges from $52,925 to $111,575 (destination fees consisted of). Mercedes typically offers lease offers and low APR funding provides on the GLE-Class, and we anticipate this to remain the same in the brand-new year.
The essential competitors for the 2018 GLE-Class will be the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, and the Volvo XC90.