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The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover has been spied again in Germany.

Although the prototype in today’s photos is wearing the same amount of camouflage and the same set of false body panels as the vehicle spotted at the beginning of July, these latest photos were taken at much closer range and are, therefore, much sharper and higher in resolution.

Under the skin, the new GLE will share a lot with the latest-generation E-Class. That means that the new SUV should weigh around 100 kilograms less than today’s crossover, with much of this weight loss thanks to the use a mix of high-strength steel and aluminium components.

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Volume selling models in the new GLE range will likely be powered by a selection of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid version of the GLE is expected to join the range at a later date.

Top-end AMG models will probably employ the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that we’ve already seen in the C63 and AMG GT. A brochure leaked in April suggests that the upcoming E63 AMG will have 420kW/750Nm to its name, while the E63 S will boast an impressive 450kW/850Nm.

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With the amount of disguise present — a taller and square false bonnet, temporary headlight internals, false grilles, and off-the-shelf tail-lamp units — the next-generation GLE still has a while to go before it’s officially unveiled.

Given that the current M-Class (now GLE) went on sale in 2011, the next GLE probably won’t start entering showrooms until 2018.

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