Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new GLE Coupe ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Like its main rival, the BMW X6, the GLE Coupe has grown and now measures in at 4929mm long and 2010mm wide, making it 39mm longer and 7mm wider than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 20mm.
The exterior gets LED headlights, a diamond radiator grille with single horizontal louvre that references the marque’s other coupe models, 19 to 22-inch wheels, fresh tail-lights, an integrated lip spoiler and a repositioned number plate mount.
Aerodynamics have been improved, Mercedes-Benz claims wind resistance has been reduced by nine per cent compared with the predecessor, with the same front surface.
On the inside, the layout is identical to the wagon version, the highlight is the MBUX infotainment system that comprises two 12.3-inch screens.
There is a 70L increase in boot space taking the total capacity to 655L which can be increased to 1790L with the rear seats folded down.
Underneath, the standard steel suspension has been tuned for a sportier drive. Buyers can option the enhanced air suspension system with adaptive adjustable damping.
Irrespective of the load the air suspension keeps the vehicle at the same level and can also adjust the ground clearance automatically or at the press of a button depending on the driving speed and situation.
At launch, European markets will get two diesel engines, both options are inline six-cylinder oilers. In the GLE350d the engine is tuned to produce 200kW and 600Nm, while in the GLE400d outputs are raised to 243kW and 700Nm.
The AMG 53 variant will also be available, it uses a 3.0-litre inline-six petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology to deliver 320kW and 520Nm. The system can produce an additional 16kW and 250Nm for short bursts. Mercedes-AMG claims it can dash from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250km/h.
All models get a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four corners through the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. It should be noted the all-wheel drive system in the AMG 53 is performance-tuned for maximum traction and dynamism.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the GLE Coupe will arrive locally during the second quarter of 2020, specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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