The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is going under the knife.
The GLE class was new for the 2020 model year and the 2022 model is being refreshed. Early prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 2022 were tested on European public roads with an almost uncovered exterior and heavily camouflaged interior.
The refreshed GLE class will feature a new front bumper design that can be clearly seen in these spy pics, and updated headlights and taillights. The lighting details are covered by camouflage, but expect similar updates with eyebrow-like LED daytime running lights as seen in the updated 2021 E-Class range. Updated wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires can be seen on prototypes.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
Inside the heavily camouflaged prototype, we see a new steering wheel. Interestingly, it is the new steering wheel design of the S-Class 2021 and not the double-spoke steering wheel of the latest E-Class. The entire dashboard design doesn’t seem to change. Expect the latest iteration of Benz’s MBUX infotainment system, though the dual 12.3-inch screens on the dashboard for the instrument cluster and infotainment are likely to be carried over.
Expect most of the powertrains to be transferred. The base engine is said to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4. A supercharged in-line 6 engine and a supercharged version of that engine using 48-volt mild hybrid technology are also likely on the menu. A twin-turbo V-8 with an AMG badge will return. All engines are coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, while most models will have all-wheel drive.
A full range of the latest Mercedes driver assistance systems will be available, including the ability to self-steer the vehicle in slow traffic.