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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class spotted at the Nurburgring

The upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class should arrive in showrooms sometime next year, but for now one some of the only chances we’ve had to see it is through spy shots and leaked design sketches. Popular YouTube spy channel Automotive Mike just posted up a video featuring nine-minutes of footage captured at the Nurburgring.

The video features two GLE-Class models, with one being a more regular version and the other obviously some kind of AMG test mule given how fast it looks and sounds. The could-be AMG model pumps out a deep turbo V8 soundtrack as it launches from kerb to kerb, albeit with a heavy amount of tyre squeal in the bends.

We suspect the motor is the 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo found in other Mercedes-AMG models such as the C 63S, and the AMG GT. Though nothing is confirmed yet it’s a safe bet the AMG model will produce similar figures to the current-generation E 63, which punches out 450kW and 850Nm. The current GLE 63 produces 430kW and 760Nm from its M157 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8.

Other motors that are likely to join the GLE lineup include the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder and 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 found in the current E-Class, and there will no doubt be turbo-diesel and hybrid options as per Mercedes’s usual offerings.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will share the same MHA platform as the GLS-Class. This should see the all-wheel drive SUV shed weight and gain some interior space.

The new styling moves towards similar design language seen on other new Mercedes models, including the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class – specifically the angular front and rear lights.

It’s anyone’s guess when Mercedes-Benz will unveil the all-new GLE-Class, but we’re betting it’ll either appear at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show in September or the Paris motor show in October. Either way, the 2019 GLE-Class will no doubt be a big seller for the German brand.

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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