Mercedes-Benz has officially presented before the new GLE Coupe. The car will make its debut in the Detroit auto show in mid-January and it is the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV and it is expected to be available next summer.
It is designed to be the “opponent” of the BMW X6.. Despite the similarities with an SUV with its elevated seating position and all-round visibility, the occupants feel it as a sport model rather than an off-road. Mercedes promises that the sound of the GLE Coupe is reminiscent to that of sport cars. On the other hand, it can also create a greater feeling of calm, in combination with smooth driving. These two different worlds, a flexible, thoroughbred sports coupe and a relaxed, comfortable SUV are combined through the Dynamic Select.
The car features a prominent grille with and LED headlamps, which remind of the S-Class. Continuing rearwards, the bodywork has a dynamic roofline and a discrete rear edge like the S-Class Coupe. Other notable design features are the chrome details, dual exhaust tailpipes and the standard 20 inch wheels (with 21 and 22 inch being optional).
The GLE 450 AMG will be the first AMG sports model and it will adopt an aggressive body kit and lightweight 21 inch wheels. The model also features air suspension, adaptive damping system and auto lowering, that reduces the height of the body at high speeds.
The power passes through the 4MATIC four-wheel drive system and a 9-speed automatic transmission that has five modes, Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport +. At last mode, the gear changes are much faster and instruments in the dashboard “respond” faster and more “directly”, while on the screen behind the wheel it shows the longitudinal and lateral acceleration of the vehicle and the steering angle, through photo realistic graphics.
The interior is almost unchanged form the M-Class (which will be renamed GLE in the upcoming facelift), the car features a new steering wheel, shiny trapezoidal air vents, wood paneling and the COMAND system with a big screen. Also, in front of the center armrest there is a switch to operate the COMAND system. In the GLE 450 AMG there is nappa leather, sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, carbon details and sports seats.
Finally, from a mechanical point of view there will be four mechanical systems, starting from the diesel GLE 350d will be equipped with a 3.0 liter V6 producing 258 hp and 620 Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm. The GLE 400 4MATIC will be equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 bi-turbo producing 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm, the GLE 450 AMG Sport will be equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 producing 367 hp and 520 Nm torque, also, from 1,400 rpm. While the stronger GLE 63 AMG Coupe will be released a few months later and it will be equipped with a twin-turbo 5,5 liter V8 engine producing at least 525 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
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