Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new 2016 GLE, which is an all-new name, but essentially a facelifted M-Class.
The new nomenclature does bring some minor changes, like a new front fascia with a revised grille, restyled headlights, new LED taillights and a sportier exhaust system.
The sportier AMG variants come with new bumpers, single bar grille, 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a titanium grey finish, new rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.
The interior updates include new multi-function steering wheel, freestanding infotainment system, revised colours and materials like a choice of aluminium, carbon fibre, piano black, brown ash and brown burred walnut.
Engine range depending on the market includes:
-twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 with 333 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque
-twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 with 435 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque
– a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel with 204 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque
– a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel with 258 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque
There is also a GLE 500 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid combining a 3.0-litre BlueDIRECT V6 engine, an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery and a seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor. Maximum output is an impressive 442 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, good enough for a very impressive fuel economy of 85.6 mpg and a purely electric range of 18.6 miles at speeds up to 80.7 mph.
The GLE 63 AMG comes with the familiar twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 pacing 557 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, enabling the crossover to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The top of the range GLE 63 AMG S packs 585 horsepower (577bhp) and 561 lb-ft of torque from the same twin-turbo V8, taking it from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds.
The GLE will debut this week at the New York Auto Show.