2022 Mercedes GLE getting new plug-in hybrid powertrains – Report [Update]

With the Mercedes GLE having completed three years in the market, preparations for its mid-cycle refresh have begun. Spy photographer Wilco Blok recently spotted a 2022 Mercedes GLE prototype in Europe.

Hybrid Powertrains

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, 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 de 4MATIC 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)
Current Mercedes GLE PHEV specifications (Source: Daimler)

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

The final update for the current GLE and GLE Coupe rolled out in October 2021. The GLE 300 d 4MATIC and GLE 300 d 4MATIC Coupe feature the OM 654 M 2.0-liter diesel engine with a second-gen ISG. The ISG includes a 48-volt electrical system and reduces fuel consumption to a significant extent. Plus, there’s also the added advantage of minimizing turbo lag with a boost function. The engine produces 200 kW (268 hp) of power and 550 Nm (406 lb.-ft.) of torque, and the ISG can briefly supply 15 kW (20 hp) and 200 Nm (147 lb.-ft.). As stated above, the GLE 400d could be the next variant to adopt mild-hybrid tech with an updated engine.

The mild-hybrid diesel engine updates are irrelevant to the U.S., where the GLE range includes only gasoline variants.

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. The vertical slats in the radiator grille are also new. Other spy pictures have suggested that the lower grille could have two identically split horizontal sections.

In addition to new grilles and bumpers, 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. The tail lamps may also feature new clusters for a refreshed look.

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.

New Mercedes GLE Coupe

Alongside a Mercedes GLE, a refreshed Mercedes GLE Coupe is under development and similarly undergoing road-testing. The updated coupe version will likely feature new headlamps with Digital Light technology, revised bumpers, and new grille designs. The interior changes could similarly mimic the tweaks in the SUV version.

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Another report from JESMB says that the new GLE Coupe will be available with the new OM 656 M 3.0-liter diesel engine featuring 48-volt mild-hybrid technology and the OM 654 M 2.0-liter diesel and M 254 2.0-liter gasoline mills with plug-in hybrid technology. Available variants may include a GLE 400 e 4MATIC PHEV with 258 PS (254 hp) coming from the engine and up to 150 PS (148 hp) coming from the electric motor.

Release Date

The new Mercedes GLE will arrive next fall, says a more recent report from JESMB. Expect prices of the refreshed SUV to start at around USD 55,000 MSRP in the U.S. market. The new Mercedes GLE Coupe will debut at the end of 2022, as per the second JESMB report. The current SUV-coupe is available in the U.S. in only AMG variants, with prices starting at USD 76,500 MSRP.

2022 Mercedes GLE (facelift) FAQs

What is the 2022 Mercedes GLE release date?

The Mercedes GLE facelift could reach showrooms in the latter half of 2022 in the U.S. market.

What will be the new Mercedes GLE facelift price?

The new Mercedes GLE’s prices could start at around USD 55,000 MSRP.

Which SUVs will be the new GLE’s rivals?

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

Featured Image Source: Wilco Blok (Instagram/wilcoblok)