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Spied: Mercedes-Benz M-Class Gets Face-Lift, Starts GLE Transformation

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/4/2015 Karla Sanchez

Mercedes-Benz's nomenclature shift is already well underway with the CLA, GLA, and GLE Coupe. Now, it appears as though the next model in line is the current M-Class. Soon to take the GLE name, the M-Class was spied in a parking lot wearing heavy camouflage by our very own Associate Editor Scott Evans.

Evans was able to get close enough to the prototype to see that it looked like the current M-Class, except with a new front fascia. Even through the camouflage, you can make out a new front grille with thicker slats compared to the ones on the current model, while a revised front bumper and newly designed headlights complete the fresh look. Like on the S-Class, this prototype's headlights have been pinned back and angled slightly inward. Evans also noticed the prototype sports a new rear bumper, exhaust tips, and fender flares on the rear wheels. It's possible the flares could be extra body cladding trying to hide something, or that Mercedes is planning on widening the rear quarters of the car. Since the prototype was left unattended, Evans also snapped interior photos, though he noted everything appears to be from the current model. Mercedes Benz M Class GLE Class Spied Front View© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz M Class GLE Class Spied Front View

Although everything on the outside seems well-hidden, expect it to look a lot like the GLE Coupe with the same rounder and sleeker look that other new Benz models have taken on. No concrete details have been revealed regarding the new GLE's hardware, though it's possible it could also spawn a 450 AMG model that packs the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 with 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque with a nine-speed automatic. A full-blown GLE63 AMG model packing the GLE63 Coupe's 577-hp twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 is also likely. Mercedes Benz M Class GLE Class Spied Right Rear View© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz M Class GLE Class Spied Right Rear View

Mercedes Benz M Class GLE Class Spied Front Right View© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz M Class GLE Class Spied Front Right View
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