New Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé and Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé: More luxury, more coupé

The new GLE Coupé from Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG blends the sportiness and elegance of a coupé with the engineering of the new large premium-SUV model series from Mercedes-Benz. At the launch, powerful six-cylinder diesel engines in the form of the 350 d and 400 d are initially available. Together with the new 4MATIC with torque on demand and the wheelbase 60 mm shorter than on the GLE SUV they ensure a pleasurably dynamic driving experience. The petrol version available at market launch is the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé . Preparations are also under way for a plug-in-hybrid version with a practical, locally emission-free range as for the GLE SUV.

The new GLE Coupé is a further example of the Mercedes-Benz strategy to address all the requirements of customers in the premium-SUV segment in a targeted manner. From a relatively small niche, the segment of SUCs, namely SUV coupés, has developed into a trend within a trend in no time. With the renewal of the premium-SUV family Mercedes-Benz is also putting the GLE Coupé on a new technical footing.

The highlights of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe include:

  • The exterior design places a stronger emphasis on the coupé-specific elegance and sportiness.
  • Improved aerodynamics cut the wind resistance by nine percent compared with the predecessor, with the same front surface.
  • The interior with contemporary luxury of a sporty nature offers a more comfortable amount of space than the predecessor.
  • The latest generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system is on board, with its intuitive operating structure and brilliant graphics with a high visual quality.
  • The new six-cylinder in-line diesels from Mercedes-Benz offer power and motoring comfort.
  • The AMG six-cylinder in-line engine with twin turbocharging and EQ-Boost achieves 320 kW (435 hp) and an additional temporary 16 kW (22 hp) of electric output. It also offers hybrid functions such as overrun mode.
  • The power transmission and suspension of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé are developments specially configured to the hallmark AMG performance and vehicle dynamics from Affalterbach.
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with seven drive programs: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Trail and Sand.

Exterior design: powerful presence

The new GLE Coupé is a stately 4939 mm long and 2010 mm wide (39 mm longer and 7 mm wider than its predecessor). The wheelbase has grown by 20 mm compared with the predecessor, but remains 60 mm shorter than that of the GLE, which benefits its sporty handling as well as its appearance. The proportions thus emphasise the dynamics of the GLE Coupé.

The front view combines characteristics of the Mercedes-Benz SUV family with clear coupé attributes: the diamond radiator grille with the single horizontal louvre references the other coupés in the Mercedes-Benz range. The openings in the louvre, meanwhile, showcase the SUV character, as does the high-gloss chrome-plated underguard in the front apron. With the AMG Line the grille widens downwards in an A shape, and the pins in the diamond radiator grille are portrayed in chrome.

Interior design: coupé without constraints

The interior of the new GLE Coupé shares numerous common features with the other models in the new premium-SUV family with a clear emphasis on the sporty aspect. The modern cockpit with two large screens in the format 12.3 inches /31.2 cm and the strikingly shaped instrument panel, horizontally divided by a trim element tier, and seamlessly flowing into the door trim, appear familiar. The upper surface is covered in ARTICO man-made leather upholstery as standard in the GLE Coupé. The sporty emphasis comes courtesy of the standard sports seats, offering particularly good lateral support, with an ARTICO cover and the new sports steering wheel with a nappa leather rim, which is also standard in the coupé.

The SUV touch, meanwhile, is added by the high centre console with the dominant grab handles. The high-quality styling and processing of all surfaces and features and the impressive ergonomics convey a contemporary and luxurious impression. Of course, there are extensive opportunities for individualisation in the selection of decorative features and materials, which can take the sporty theme in the GLE Coupé to a whole new level and demonstrate the handcrafted quality of genuine luxury products. Leather/nappa leather seat covers and door panels in the colour combination classic red/black are exclusively available in the coupé.

Has to be experienced: Mercedes-Benz User Experience

The GLE Coupé offers the latest generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. The information on the instrument cluster and media display is easily legible on the large, high-resolution screens. An emotive presentation with brilliant graphics underlines the comprehensibility of the intuitive control structure.

The familiar LINGUATRONIC online voice control and MBUX’s learning ability are of course also on board, as is a large range of comfort options and apps which can be included in MBUX or controlled with it.

Powerful six-cylinder diesel for Europe

The driver-focussed, sporty standards of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé are likewise clearly apparent in its engine line-up. The base engines at market launch are high-torque six-cylinder in-line turbodiesel engines.

The two diesel-engined GLE Coupé models are powered by the OM 656, the six-cylinder in-line engine from the current engine family. It is available in two output levels, as the GLE Coupé 350 d 4MATIC rated at 200 kW (272 hp) and 600 Nm and as the GLE Coupé 400 d 4MATIC rated at 243 kW (330 hp) and 700 Nm torque.  In both versions, the powerful engine already complies with the Euro 6d standard even in demanding driving situations.

Driving assistance systems: superior support, in tailbacks and other situations

The new GLE Coupé has the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems giving cooperative support to drivers. This results in an especially high level of active safety. As standard the new GLE Coupé boasts the Active Braking Assist, which can help prevent rear-end collisions and collisions with crossing pedestrians and vehicles.

Some Intelligent Drive functions, which are also on the market at the highest level beyond the SUV segment, can be ordered as additional options. They include the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with Route-Based Speed Adjustment. If the driver switches it on the GLE Coupé can react to information from Live Traffic, in the ideal scenario even before the driver or the radar and camera sensors can perceive this traffic obstruction. When a traffic tailback is detected, the speed is reduced to approx. 60mph as a precaution unless the driver specifically decides otherwise.

When actually driving in a tailback on the motorway, Active Stop-and-Go Assist is then substantially able to perform the tasks of keeping in lane and maintaining the safety distance with a high level of availability at speeds up to around 60 km/h. Moving off can be automatic up to one minute after coming to a stop.

GLE 53 Coupe: Dynamic and athletic model for many different terrains

The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé uniquely combines sporty elegance and powerful performance with good off-road capabilities. Impressive agility is guaranteed by the 320 kW (435 hp) 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with 48 volt technology, fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+
all-wheel drive, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G 9-speed automatic transmission and the 60 mm shorter wheelbase compared with the SUV variant. The enhanced driving dynamics also come by virtue of the AMG-specific drive programs and the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with stabilising, electro-mechanical AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL. The AMG-specific radiator grille visually accentuates the Coupé’s membership of the AMG model family. In addition, the performance Coupé offers all the advantages of a Mercedes SUV: ample space for passengers and luggage, extensive safety features and superior traction on damp or sandy surfaces and in wintry road conditions.

The EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor and is fitted between the engine and transmission. This innovation as well as the intelligent charging via an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger all have the same goal: to enhance the hallmark AMG performance and driving dynamics, but also to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé accelerates from zero to 62mph is just 5.3 seconds, and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

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