Mercedes officially unveils GLE Coupe

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG side

Mercedes-Benz has officially taken the wraps off the GLE Coupé.

Set to take on the venerable BMW X6, Mercedes says the GLE Coupé combines the “sporty nature” of a coupé, with the robust characteristic of a traditional SUV. We are still undecided whether we fancy the high-riding coupé’s styling but it sports a bulbous front fascia with a prominent three-pointed star on the grille.

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG rear quarter

Like the X6, the GLE’s roofline mimics a coupé and drops away towards the back of the car. It gets distinctive rear lights that echo the styling of the S-Class Coupe, while the body cladding give imbues it with an SUV flavour.

The GLE Coupé will launch with three models. There will be a GLE 350d 4MATIC with 190kW (258hp) and 620Nm of torque, a GLW 400 4MATIC with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine that generates 245kW (333hp) and 480Nm of torque and a range topping GLE 450 AMG, the first from the new Mercedes-AMG line. It comes with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 that delivers 270kW (367hp) and 520Nm of torque.

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG front quarter-2

It gets an aggressive AMG body kit riding on 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels. AIRMATIC air suspension with adaptive dampers and an automatic lowering function, which reduces the ride height at higher speeds, are also standard.

The model gets a 9-speed automatic transmission with Dynamic Select system that comes with five specially-tuned modes: INDIVIDUAL, COMFORT, SLIPPERY, SPORT and SPORT+.

The Dynamic Select system not only modulates the “hard skills” such as the chassis and suspension, steering or powertrain. It is also tweaks various “soft skills” such as the engine sound, instruments or dynamic control of the driving lights which responds more spontaneously.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe interior-3

Inside, owners of the GLE 450 AMG can expect nappa leather seats, stainless steel pedals and carbon fibre trim with piano black accents, while the standard models get sports seats, a sport steering wheel and a new infotainment display.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé will make its official debut at the North American International Motor Show in Jan 2015. It is expected to launch locally in the 3rd quarter next year.

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