This is it folks, Mercedes-Benz’ answer to the BMW X6 a.k.a. the all-new GLE Coupe. Clearly inspired by its German rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe promises to feel like a true sports car and despite its similarity with an SUV with its raised seating position and all-around view, the passengers are led to believe that they are in a sports rather than off-road mode.
Mercedes-Benz will offer to engines when it will launch the GLE Coupe and we expect more by the end of 2015. For diesel fans, the GLE 350 d 4Matic diesel model arrives with 258 hp (190 kW) and 620 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm. The GLE 400 4Matic petrol model gets the 2.0-liter V6 biturbo engine developing 333 hp (245 kW) and 480 Nm of torque from 1400 rpm.
Both models get standard 10-spoke light-alloy wheels wrapped in 275/50 R 20 tyres, while the 21-inch or 22-inch wheels are available as an option. We have to underline the fact that the 22-inch wheels are only available ion conjuction with the Airmatic ADS Plus air suspension.
The GLE 350 d 4MATIC and GLE 400 4MATIC models offer the Agility Control steel suspension as standard with amplitude-selective damping system. The design is impressive and we expect to see this new design philosophy also on the new models such as the upcoming E-Class.
The design of the rear end borrows elements of the design line first presented on the S-Class Coupe. Styling characteristics include the slim band of the rear lights with three-dimensional look as well as the wide chrome insert fitted above the registration plate.
The interior features attractive sports seats and the compact sports steering wheel, as well as the infotainment elements seen on the C, E and S-Class.
Mercedes-Benz will offer attractive packages for the GLE Coupe, such as the Driving Assistance Package Plus that includes the Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Pre-Sage Brake with pedestrian detection, Bas Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blinf Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Pre-Sage Plus.
The Parking Package arrives with the 360° camera and Active Parking Assist with Parktronic. Ss an option, the Comand Ofline offers perfect infotainment with a 20.3 cm (8-inch) TFT display and intuitive touchpad.
The interior of the new GLE Coupe is large enough that it can fit a maximum of five people. For the seat bench in the rear, there is no question that it is the widest in the segment. While having a large panoramic glass placed on the roof is offered as an option, those who do will realize that it allows for a greater sense of space for everyone inside. The luggage compartment of the GLE Coupe offers a maximum space of 1,650 liters, and is the largest compared to other models in the same class.
In fact, the GLE Coupe holds the world record for coupes as it relates to luggage compartment. Mercedes-Benz is also offering what are clearly attractive packages for this model and sweetening the deal is the fact that these are combined with a number of popular equipment details. The Parking Package for example not only comes with the 360° camera but also with the Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC.
This combination ensures that the driver gets exceptional overview and will face no problem maneuvering out and in various parking spaces. There is also the Driving Assistance Package Plus which comes with the PRE-SAFE Brake with pedestrian detection and DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot. It even has the BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist and PRE-SAFE PLUS.
Included as well is the Active Lane Keeping Assist and the Active Blind Spot Assist. By having the LED Intelligent Light System, which is fitted as standard on all the models, vision at night is improved. Drivers often have to face impaired view during adverse weather conditions but this is mitigated with the MAGIC VISION CONTROL, which is an adaptive and heated windscreen wiper system.
Still on features for the interior, the brand is offering as an option the newest COMAND Online which comes with the perfect infotainment that has a TFT display having an 8-inch (20.3 cm) screen while having intuitive touchpad. As expected, the infotainment system has a DVD player. Also included is a Traffic Sign Assist that offers traffic sign recognition like a warning function when the car is going the wrong-way.
It is possible to equip the COMAND Online which offers a 6-disc DVD changer. Customers can also have the Bang & Olufsen Sound AMG sound system fitted and even a TV receiver as well as a Rear Seat Entertainment System with remote control. On the outside, the GLE Coupe will offer a fully electric retractable and extendable trailer coupling, one of which has the ESP trailer stabilization. This offer by Mercedes-Benz is considered as the first for its segment. Towing capacity of this model has been measured to be 3,500 kg (braked).