As we reported couple of years back, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the exciting new GLE Coupe online, Stuttgart’s first ever BMW X6 competitor – it only took them five or six years to make one. So far X6 had no direct competition, with the arrival of GLE Coupe buyers are intended to draw eyes away from BMW X6. The GLE Coupe is set for 2015 North American International Auto Show debut in January 2015.
Based on the Concept Coupe SUV from the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, the GLE Coupe looks nothing like a coupe, but rather a C-Class with high-heels. The front fascia is totally different from the current ML, with W205 C-Class-esque headlights and a rounder grille (with a large three-pointed star inset) – we’re expecting the look to be transferred to the facelifted ML.
The low-slung roofline is the most striking aspect, with a fast windscreen rake and a sloping rear hatch. And while one can certainly see shades of the X6’s design, there are also clear references to other Mercedes coupés. The rear end design is in the same page as the S-Class Coupe and AMG-GT. It gets 20-inch sport alloy wheels as standard (with optional 21- and 22-inchers).
Owners of the current ML will feel right at home inside – almost everything has been borrowed with the exception of the new three-spoke steering wheel (also taken from the W205 C-Class), the new centre AC vents, infotainment display, sports seats and racy stainless steel pedals. Nappa leather and wood, silver and aluminium accents adorn the cabin.
Under the hood of this launch-edition GLE 450 AMG Sport, the first of AMG’s new line of Sport models, lies a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 to produce 367hp and 520 Nm of torque, which is quite a bit more than the same V6’s application in the C400 or E400. Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system delivers power to the pavement with help from a nine-speed automatic transmission.
For this particular model, Mercedes’ AIRMATIC ADS Plus variably adaptive suspension is also included with active roll stabilization and Active Curve System.
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