With the all-new GLE Coupe, Mercedes are clearly aiming to compete directly with the BMW X6 in the niche luxury SUV coupe market. The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe was previewed earlier in 2014 at the Beijing Auto Show, and although the styling has changed slightly on the road to production, overall it’s a fairly similar beast.
Based on the ML’s platform, the GLE Coupe features a revised suspension system, as well as a redesigned steering system and recalibrated electronic driver aids, all changes designed to make the drive a little sportier.
Depending on the market, the Mercedes GLE Coupe will be sold with a variety of drivetrain choices. In Europe, both diesel and gasoline models will be offered, while other markets may have to make do with just gasoline engines. From launch the GLE Coupe will also be available with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel producing 255hp and 457 lb-ft in the GLE 350 d 4MATIC, and a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 gasoline unit rated at 329hp and 354 lb-ft.
The GLE 450 AMG Sports Coupe is the top dog of the range (for now), and comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline unit which develops 362hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. It also features the new DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode Sport+ as standard. In addition the GLE Coupe AMG model features a 40/60 front/rear torque split instead of the 50/50 found on lower-spec models.
|GLE 350 d 4MATIC||GLE 400 4MATIC||GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC|
|Engine||V6 diesel engine
|V6 petrol engine,
|V6 petrol engine,
|Output, hp @ rpm||258 @ 3600||333 @ 5500||367 @ 5500|
|Torque, lb-ft/Nm @ rpm||457 / 620 @ 1600 – 2400||354 / 480 @ 1400 – 4000||383 / 520 @ 1400 – 4000|
|Emissions standard||EU 6|
|Transmission||9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission|
|Drive||4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system|
|Torque distribution FA/RA||50:50||50:50||40:60|
While the exterior design of the Mercedes GLE Coupe immediately sets its apart from its more practically shaped sibling. The interior differences are harder to spot. In fact they’re almost impossible, as Mercedes has simply carried the entire interior design over. Which is no bad thing when they look this good, and come with a long list of options and material/color combinations.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe will make its international debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.