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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/7/2015 Kelly Pleskot

The Mercedes-Benz ML always stood out from the pack with its dramatic body lines and commanding stance. For 2016, the crossover has been rechristened the "GLE," and it receives a few noticeable changes from its predecessor. But are these updates enough to keep us interested?

2016 Mercedes Benz GLE550e 4Matic© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Benz GLE550e 4Matic

The GLE is only marginally taller and longer than its predecessor, but its wheelbase has stretched from 114.8 inches to 121 inches. Up front, the GLE looks a bit softer thanks to new headlamps and a new front fender. The new Benz also loses its three horizontal grille slats and replaces them with two, chunkier slats. On the side of the vehicle, look for the same bold character lines that adorned the previous model.

In back, the GLE really starts looking like the ML. The new model features the same signature C-pillar design, wraparound rear window, and subtle rear spoiler. Full LED taillamps are now fitted to the back end, as is a new tailpipe design. Also look for a redesigned rear bumper and newly designed wheels ranging in size from 18- to 21-inches.

Inside, the new GLE promises a more upscale interior. Button controls are arranged in the same way as the previous model, but look for a new headunit with a larger display. Also keep your eye out for upgraded materials. This includes a variety of new colors for the upholstery and wood trim. Overall, the interior looks a little more mature than the previous model.

Do you think the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE is refreshing or revolting? Or can you even tell? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week, we asked for your take on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Spark. The results were mixed, but most people seemed to prefer the design of the new version.

CarNut2014 commented, "The last gen was much too cartoonish looking. This update is a more mature design."

Triharderken went so far as to say, "Compared to the rest of the segment, it looks quite competitive."

Meanwhile, Nicktyelor said, "The old Spark was wacky and a little weird looking, but it had character. This does not."

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