2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE – hot GLE 63 to gain 4.0-litre V8

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE - hot GLE 63 variant spotted

New spy shots of Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming off-roader show it has bigger wheel arches and a more raked rear window

The next Mercedes-Benz GLE has been spotted in hot AMG GLE 63 form, where it is expected to use AMG’s twin-turbocharged ‘hot vee’ V8 engine, in place of the current car’s older 5.5-litre unit.

The more efficient unit is good for 577bhp in other applications, like the AMG GT R, but the biggest improvements over the 5.5-litre come with efficiency. The car will rival the BMW X5 M.

Earlier sightings of regular GLEs showed a new nose design, which despite being camouflaged appears to have a more prominent bonnet and new headlights.

Fewer changes are expected for the car’s grille, as the one fitted to test cars look identical to the current model’s, with a pair of horizontal slats and large Mercedes-Benz badge in the middle.

The most prominent change elsewhere are teh fitment of new wheel arch lips that give the car a more rugged stance and suggest its track could be slightly wider.

The car’s overall wheelbase could be longer, too, as the test car looks to have a shorter front overhang.

At the rear, the window is more raked than the current model, and it’s safe to assume the design of the tail-lights has also been changed.

The current GLE – codenamed W166 – made its debut in 2015, and this successor, the W167, will arrive in 2018 to compete with the likes of the 2018 Porsche Macan and the facelifted Range Rover Sport.

A new GLE Coupé model will follow, offering a more direct rival to the BMW X6 and forthcoming Range Rover Coupé.

As for powertrains for the non AMG range, an updated list of turbocharged four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a new hybrid option, are expected.

Source: Autocar Online

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