The facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLE has been spied again.

    The current, fourth-generation GLE was revealed at the 2018 Paris motor show, so it’s time for a mid-life update to bring it in line with the rest of the Mercedes range.

    This particular GLE prototype is wearing only some light camouflage.

    Up front there appears to be a redesigned front bumper, new grille, as well as slimmer headlights with a new daytime running light signature.

    Down back, it appears the only update will be to the tail lights.

    We expect a range of new wheel designs, potentially including the featured dual-five-spoke design.

    Inside, it’s unlikely the GLE will adopt the new, portrait-oriented infotainment screen seen in the new S-Class and C-Class, but tweaks to its MBUX system are likely along with changes like a new steering wheel.

    The GLE is already offered with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and a range of 48V mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrains, but a longer electric range for the PHEV and more power from the MHEV options are possibilities.

    The entry-level GLE300d 4Matic for the 2022 model year is receiving a 48V mild-hybrid system that boosts outputs by an additional 15kW and 200Nm for short periods.

    Although it’s confirmed for Europe, it’s not coming to Australia for now with a Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson saying “there are no changes to announce regarding our local GLE line-up at this stage”.

    Up until the end of October 2021, Mercedes-Benz has sold 2912 GLE wagons and 900 GLE coupes.

    Even just taking the wagon sales figure into account, the GLE is the top-seller in its large luxury SUV segment, outselling its BMW X5 (2648), Lexus RX (1615) and Audi Q7 (1380) rivals.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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