Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: Frankfurt debut for sleek SUC
Mercedes have revealed the second generation GLE Coupe, as well as the 435hp mild-hybrid AMG 53, ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
Slightly larger than the outgoing model and marketed as a Sports Utility Coupe, it is a 4939mm long and 2010mm wide while the wheelbase has also grown by 20mm. In spite of this, it remains 60mm shorter than the regular GLE to emphasise its sporty dynamics.
The front view combines characteristics of the Mercedes-Benz SUV family with clear coupe attributes such as the diamond radiator grille seen across the Mercedes-Benz range. The flatter-angled windscreen works to match the rear-sloping roofline and further adds to the dynamic look of the SUC.
At the rear new LED taillights feature while the boot lid runs flush from the top of the window to the bumper giving the vehicle a powerful appearance.
Step inside and the GLE Coupe is replete with all the elegance you would expect from the brand, with the dashboard ported over from the GLE. That means two 12.3-inch MBUX infotainment displays featuring Hey Mercedes take pride of place. Over the course of 2020 Mercedes-Benz will also be integrating Amazon Music streaming service into the new models too.
The upper surface is covered in man-made leather upholstery while the sporty emphasis comes courtesy of the standard sports seats and new sports steering wheel both of which are standard.
With the wheelbase being 20mm longer than in the previous coupe, the capacity of the stowage spaces in the interior has been increased to a total of 40 litres. This also means the boot now holds 655 litres of luggage extending to 1790 litres with the rear seats folded 40:20:40.
The base engines at market launch are high-torque six-cylinder in-line turbodiesel engines.
The GLE Coupe 350 d 4MATIC offers 272hp and 600 Nm of torque while 400 d 4MATIC ups the ante with 330hp and 700 Nm torque. As standard both these models ride on steel suspension with Airmatic air suspension available as an option.
If that’s not enough performance for you, the new AMG GLE 53 pairs a six-cylinder petrol engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to produce 435hp and a maximum torque of 520 Nm, with the 0-62 time achieved in just 5.3 seconds.
The 9-speed automatic TCT (Torque-Clutch Transmission) ensures emotional gear shifting with extremely short shift times. It is optimally tuned to the engine and promises the agile pulling away that is so typical of AMG, along with speedy gearshift changes – either automatic or manually via shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Sportier styling features both inside and outside the AMG GLE, with seven AMG-specific drive programs and stabilising AMG air suspension as well as the brand-specific radiator grille among many other unique touches.
“The attractive coupe lines envelop sophisticated suspension technology and our powerful, efficient six-cylinder in-line engine with 48-volt technology. Both guarantee a thrilling driving experience in terms of longitudinal and lateral dynamics," says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.