2022 Mercedes GLE (facelift) getting new plug-in hybrid powertrains – Report

With the Mercedes GLE almost three years old, preparations for its mid-cycle refresh have begun. Spy photographer Wilco Blok recently spotted a new Mercedes GLE facelift prototype in Europe.

The Mercedes GLE PHEV is available in GLE 350 e 4MATIC and GLE 350 de 4MATIC variants. The GLE 350 e 4MATIC uses the M 264 2.0-liter gasoline engine, while the GLE 350 de 4MATIC has the OM 654 2.0-liter diesel mill under its hood. According to a report from the German Mercedes blog jesmb.de, these variants will switch to the M 254 2.0-liter gasoline engine and the OM 654 M 2.0-liter diesel engine, respectively, with the facelift.

The report suggests that the electric motor’s output may be over 200 PS in the gasoline PHEV and 150 PS in the diesel PHEV. Moreover, the GLE 350 e 4MATIC could change to GLE 400 e 4MATIC. Take a look at the current specifications of the GLE PHEV below:

AspectMercedes GLE 350 e 4MATIC SpecificationMercedes GLE 350 de4MATIC Specification
EngineM 264 2.0-liter gasolineOM 654 2.0-liter diesel
Engine Power155 kW (211 PS/208 hp)143 kW (194 PS/192 hp)
Engine Torque350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)400 Nm (295 Lb.-Ft.)
Electric Motor Power100 kW (136 PS/134 hp)100 kW (136 PS/134 hp)
Electric Motor Torque440 Nm (325 Lb.-Ft.)440 Nm (325 Lb.-Ft.)
System Power245 kW (333 PS/328 hp)235 kW (320 PS/315 hp)
System Torque700 Nm (516 Lb.-Ft.)700 Nm (516 Lb.-Ft.)
Transmission9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic
Battery Pack31.2 kWh lithium-ion31.2 kWh lithium-ion
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)6.9 seconds6.8 seconds
Top Speed210 km/h (130 mph)210 km/h (130 mph)
EV Mode Top Speed140 km/h (87 mph)140 km/h (87 mph)
EV Mode Range (WLTP)106 km (66 miles)110 km (68 miles)

Daimler doesn’t offer GLE plug-in hybrid variants in the U.S., but hopefully, that will change in the future. We don’t expect the diesel PHEV to make it to American showrooms, though.

The German publication lastly speculates that the OM 656 M 2.9-liter diesel engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid tech (ISG) could replace the non-electrified OM 656 2.9-liter diesel engine (GLE 400 d).

Design & Features

The 2022 Mercedes GLE will feature new designs for the radiator grille and bumpers varying as per the configuration. We already see a new shape for the front bumper and narrower side air intakes in the spy shots. Expect reshaped headlamps with the new Digital Light system that allows new functions like projecting navigation guidelines and warning symbols onto the road ahead and aiming a spotlight at pedestrians detected at the roadside as a warning.

Inside, the new GLE could feature active ambient lighting or animated ambient lighting with flowing light effects. The light band’s animations could reinforce alerts of the driving assistance systems visually. It could also serve as feedback for the comfort system and voice assistant inputs. There’s no word on the arrival of the latest Mercedes-Benz models’ portrait touchscreen in the GLE yet.

Release Date

The new Mercedes GLE may debut in summer 2022 and go on sale a few months later. Expect prices of the refreshed SUV to start at just under USD 65,000 MSRP in the U.S. market.

2022 Mercedes GLE (facelift) FAQ

What is the2022 Mercedes GLE release date?

The Mercedes GLE facelift may go on sale in fall 2022.

What will be thenew Mercedes GLE facelift price?

The new Mercedes GLE’s prices could start at just under USD 65,000 MSRP.

Which SUVs will be new GLE’s rivals?

Alternatives to the new Mercedes GLE facelift will include BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Lexus RX, and Cadillac XT5.

Featured Image Source: Wilco Blok (Instagram/wilcoblok)