Mercedes-Benz GLE likely debuting on April 1 in New York


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German media is reporting the Mercedes-Benz GLE will be unveiled on April 1 at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Mercedes-Benz previously announced the GLE (M-Class facelift) is coming this year and according to a reliable German source it appears the mid-size SUV will make its debut as early as April at the New York Auto Show before going on sale starting September 12.

Previous spy shots have shown modest design changes influenced by the GLE Coupe from where it will inherit most of the engines. Chances are there's going to be a GLE 450 AMG equipped with a twin-turbo V6 3.0-liter delivering 367 HP (270 kW) and 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) which will be positioned below the range-topping GLE 63 AMG powered by a twin-turbo V8 5.5-liter with 557 HP & 700 Nm in the standard model and 585 HP & 760 Nm in the S variant.

There's also going to be a plug-in hybrid version set to be commercialized as the GLE 500e, but details about the hardware setup are not available at this point. However, a report from last year said it will combine a small turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor, a specially developed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack. It will allegedly do 50 mpg US (60 mpg UK or 4.7 liters / 100 km) and provide a very short electric range.

Taking into account the public reveal is set for April 1, Mercedes-Benz could decide to show the GLE online next week.

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