2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class — M-Class Changes
The new 2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an SUV which will, aside from the other changes that are coming with the mid-cycle update, have a new name, too. Since the automaker is eager to underline the luxury and elegance which are immanent to the SUV, they decided to call it the GLE. Having in mind that they decided to make their naming system clear with all the names of the SUVs and crossovers starting with the letter G, it’s pretty understandable why the upcoming M-Class is going to be the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Of course, there are some other changes which are coming with the 2016 GLE-Class. The update of the 2016 model year will bring slightly different exterior, improved interior and possibly new transmission. The engine lineup will be carried over from the current M-Class. Certain rumors claim that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain option. As for the price, it’s too early for any reliable estimates, since the SUV is expected to be released next year, but it could cost a bit more than the 2015 M-Class.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Exterior Changes
The exterior of the upcoming M-Class won’t be drastically changed. Instead of a complete makeover, the SUV will have just a gentle facelift. Reportedly, the styling improvements will resemble the Concept Coupe SUV which traced the route for the future SUVs and crossovers from Stuttgart. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will, therefore, have slightly different style, which will be in accordance with the brand’s future design standards. The front fascia will have more sophisticated style.
They’ve changed the SUV’s grille and headlights which now resemble the appearance of the GLA-Class. It’s a very clever move, since the new design language is more attractive because of its simplicity, elegance and power. The mid-cycle update will also bring some changes to the rear end. Although those improvements may look insufficient, with new exhaust tips, diffuser and taillights, the CLA-Class’ rear end will look completely different.
Interior Updates: New Upholstery and New Infotainment System are Expected
The interior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will have new upholstery whose design will contribute to the updated exterior. Since the interior changes won’t be radical, the overall cabin design will be more or less the same. However, the automaker will install the latest infotainment system which will probably be displayed on a brand new screen.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Engine Options
The SUV will be powered by a number of engine options. Its engines will be the same as those used for the current M-Class. There will be a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of twist. Aside from this gasoline engine, there’s a slightly more powerful 3.0-liter V6 mill which delivers 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Of course, the top of the engine lineup is reserved for the ML63 AMG and its famous twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 which will provide amazing amount of power. With this engine under the hood, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is going to have stunning performance which is guaranteed by 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 GLE-Class will also have a diesel engine option, a turbocharged 2.1-liter BlueTEC four-cylinder capable of generating 200 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. There are some speculations about a new transmission. Reportedly, the GLE-Class should get a nine-speed automatic gearbox which will contribute to the SUVs performance and fuel economy.
436-hp Plug-in Hybrid Setup
The aforementioned plug-in hybrid powertrain is expected to have a 3.5-liter V6 mill, an electric motor and a 8.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The power output of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Hybrid is estimated at around 436 horsepower. This plug-in hybrid powertrain is the same as the one used for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 luxury sedan. Still, it’s not certain whether the SUV will be offered with the hybrid setup or not.