Don’t let the name of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe fool you, this high-performance “coupe” is a four-door luxury crossover. Designed to take on the BMW X6 and essentially create a new segment, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a luxury SUV that sacrifices some utility, but offers attractive styling and thrilling driving dynamics.
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Overview
The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe provides sports car-inspired driving dynamics and a capable all-wheel drive system. Its attractive exterior combines off-road capability, the lines of a sports coupe and a healthy serving of Mercedes’ distinctive panache. The GLE Coupe is equally striking inside, as the tech-filled cabin employs the finest leather appointments and materials that are almost unrivaled in terms of fit and finish.
Introduced for 2016, the base GLE450 AMG Coupe is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is paired with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
A higher-performance AMG GLE63 S Coupe includes a potent twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that generates an incredible 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels.
The GLE Coupe’s all-wheel drive system is designed to enhance driving dynamics on twisting back roads. It also makes the GLE Coupe an excellent all-weather vehicle if you live in an area that has four seasons. An adaptive suspension system works to adjust the GLE Coupe for maximum comfort and balanced control. The system also lowers the SUV at high speeds for better stability.
The GLE Coupe’s cabin exhibits the fine craftsmanship that you expect from a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Cargo space is limited when compared with competing luxury midsize SUVs, but just about every surface that isn’t wrapped with high-quality leather is finished in wood or sculpted metal. Dual high-resolution screens provide a constant relay of information between the driver and machine. The central infotainment screen provides access to the audio system and includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity. High-end audio systems are available to complement the luxurious surroundings if desired.
In many ways the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe represents a new segment of crossover vehicles, but it isn’t alone. Shoppers interested in the GLE450 AMG Coupe will want to take a look at its closest rival, the BMW X6. Other formidable competitors include the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Infiniti QX70 and the related Mercedes-Benz GLE.
If you are more interested in the mighty AMG GLE63 S Coupe, take a quick peek at the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and BMW X6 M.