Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe debuts much later after the initial unveiling of the GLE last year. The coupe brings a sportier look with a sloping roof. There is also the AMG brother dubbed as the AMG GLE 53. However, the car will be shown to the public in flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe design
The overall dynamics of the GLE Coupe is towards the sporty side. This is evident with the wheelbase which is a whole 60mm shorter than the GLE. However, this is still 20mm longer than its predecessor. The roof sits at 1,722mm which is 56mm lower than the standard GLE. The exterior design remains, for the most part, strikingly similar to the older model. The rear end is newer along with a flatter angled windscreen. The headlamps also get a slimmer profile two-part rear lamps. The new Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe rides on wheels with sizes ranging from 19 to 22 inches
On the interior, the two massive screen grabs the attention. There are two 12.3 inch screen – one for the instrument cluster and one for the infotainment system. The upper surface of the dash is covered in ARTICO man-made leather upholstery as standard. It also gets a high center console with integrated grab handles. Also, Leather/Nappa leather seat covers and door panels in the color combination classic red/black are exclusively available in the coupé setting it apart from the standard GLE.
The GLE Coupe runs on an OM 656 inline-six turbodiesel engine. This is available in two power output variants – 268 horsepower and 600 Nm (443 pound-feet) for the GLE Coupé 350 d 4MATIC and 326 horsepower and 700 Nm (516 pound-feet) of twist in the GLE Coupé 400 d 4MATIC. A 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system is standard in both of them. Power transmission is through the butter smooth 9G-TRONIC nine-speed transmission and a transfer case that allows for free torque transfer between the two axles.
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53
Along with the GLE Coupe, we also get the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe. This gets a 3L inline-six, turbocharged engine pumping out 430hp and 520Nm torque. It is also a mild-hybrid variant. The electric motor adds an additional 22hp and 250Nm torque when assisting. Transmission is handled by the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G nine-speed automatic gearbox. The AMG version also gets bigger 20 to 22 inches wheels. It gets the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension setup as well. Seven chassis setup modes – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Trail, and Sand help in altering the SUV’s characteristics.