As we've said many times while looking at more heavily disguised prototypes, the new GLE-Class will be better at both the off-road and on-road stuff. It all depends on what you want... and how much you're willing to pay.
Compared to the previous generation, the wheel arches of this model seem more square for that rugged appearance. The suspension seems unnaturally tall, which either has to do with some soft off-road package or, most likely, air suspension.
The GLE will compete with the BMW X5 more directly than ever before. That's because unlike the older model, which used V6 engines, this generation should have inline-6 mills with one or more turbochargers. We say "should" because MB USA is still holding onto the V6 in models like the S-Class and E-Class, perhaps as a cost-saving measure.
The single horizontal bar of the front grille and the large air intakes lead us to believe that we are dealing with the AMG-Line body kit. At launch, powertrains should include the GLE 450 and GLE 400 d, with outputs similar to the CLS versions (367 and 340 HP, respective). These models should compete directly with the BMW X5 xDrive40i/40d.
The rival for the X5 M50i will arrive a few months after the base GLE is revealed. We should get the same output as in the CLS 53 and E53 models, complete with EQ Boost assistance. A more hardcore AMG model is already testing and should pack the same 612 HP max output as the E63.