The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe has been officially unveiled with distinctive styling, on-road vehicle dynamics and striking characteristics of a robust SUV.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe – a sportier choiceReady to take on its main rival the BMW X6, the GLE coupe is the first vehicle to be named using Mercedes-Benz’s new nomenclature.
In terms of engines, there are three to choose from. The entry-level GLE350 diesel 4Matic has 190 kW and 620 Nm, while the GLE400 AMG 4Matic comes with a petrol biturbo 3.0-litre V6 that makes 245 kW and 480 Nm of torque. Finally, there is a GLE 450 AMG 4Matic with 270 kW and 520Nm.
The coupe-styled SUV is additionally equipped with a 4Matic all-wheel drive system that provides a nominal 50:50 front-to-rear apportioning of drive, and has further been tuned to deliver a more sporting 40:60 front-to-rear. There’s also a nine-speed automatic transmission with five modes; individual, comfort, slippery, sport and sport+, that can be set via a rotary control on the centre console.
The GLE model also features Mercedes’ AIRMATIC air suspension that is now available with the continuously variable damping system ADS Plus. Steel suspension is standard with selective damping system.
Styling and interior equipmentOn the styling front, standard equipment includes AMG body styling with a front and rear apron, a rear-spoiler lip and larger 21-inch light alloy wheels and tyres. The single bar grille on the front is flanked by LED headlights. Additional features include plastic body cladding, a distinctive rear end with chrome trim, and a dual exhaust system.
Inside, the model is fitted with a new infotainment display, a sports steering wheel, and sport seats. It is further adorned in silver shadow accents and aluminium or wood trim. The latest version of Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system combines a tablet-style 8.0-inch screen with a console-mounted touchpad.
The list of safety features includes Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection, Active Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist, Cross-Traffic Assist, 360-degree camera and Active Parking Assist.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe will be unveiled officially at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show before going on sale later next year. We can also expect a potent AMG version in the near future.