The current Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe made its official debut in August 2019, and we’re a little surprised to see that it’s already being prepared for a facelift. Our spies in Germany have caught a lightly camouflaged prototype of the coupe-SUV being tested on the streets of Stuttgart, and at a glance, it looks like the visual changes won’t be dramatic.
The test car with German license plates has a disguise covering its front bumper and it looks like the bumper design is new. The lower part of the bumper has new air intakes on both sides, and the headlights could also hide a new internal design. The shape of the clusters doesn’t appear to be new, but the LED daytime running lights that squeeze through the camouflage will likely be overhauled.
The only thing that is camouflaged at the rear are the taillights. While there are no guarantees, it likely means the LED units will have a new design to better match the changes up front. We won’t rule out further changes to the rear, although it looks like Mercedes is moving one step at a time in this early phase of development.
The current GLE Coupe has been on the market for about two years, and we believe it will be at least another 12 months before the updated version appears. Given that, we can’t be 100 percent sure this prototype preview all of the visual tweaks that are in the cards for the large luxury SUV coupe.
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With that deadline in mind, it’s also a bit too early to predict what will happen under the skin. The model’s current engine lineup looks quite prolific and we doubt any new powertrains will be added with the facelift. A technical update seems certain, however, with a new infotainment system and additional assistance and safety features.