Mercedes has dropped the veil off the all-new GLE-Coupe ahead of its global premier at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The GLE-Coupe is Mercedes’ answer to the BMW X6, which till now had no direct competitor in the market. The GLE-Coupe is a cross-breed vehicle that takes style elements from a sports-coupe, but under the skin is a rugged SUV! The GLE-Coupe is likely to go on sale in global markets during the first quarter of 2015.
Technically, the Mercedes GLE-Coupe is based on the current ML-Class platform. However, as per the company’s latest nomenclature, the ML-Class will also have to be rebadged as GLE-Class once its face-lift arrives in 2015. Along with a new name, the GLE-Coupe also introduces Mercedes’ new ‘AMG Sports’ range. This range will comprise slightly higher performance vehicles than standard models with added visual tweaks. The AMG Sports range will directly compete against the BMW M-Performance and Audi’s S range of car. Do also note that all these three German firms- Mercedes, BMW and Audi have separate divisions for full-blown high-end performance cars in form of AMG, M-Division and RS models, respectively.
The GLE-Coupe will be made available with 3 engine options- 2 petrol and 1 diesel engine. The top-end petrol variant, GLE450 AMG Coupe, will be offered with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine rated at 367PS and 520Nm. The second petrol variant will use the same engine but with a less powerful state of engine tune-333PS of power and 480Nm of torque.
The diesel variant, dubbed the GLE350d Coupe, will feature a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine that develops 258PS of power and 620Nm of peak-torque. All engines come mated to Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, which will channel the drive to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system.
At a later stage, Mercedes will also add a full-fledged high-performance AMG version of the GLE-Coupe. It is likely to come fitted with either the newly developed 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 or the old 5.5-litre AMG V8. It will be badged as GLE63 AMG Coupe.
The GLE Coupe comes with 5 selectable driving modes. AIRMATIC or air suspension with a continuously variable damping system is also offered on the new car. Inside, the car can seat five individuals, and features the latest version of Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, featuring a tablet-style 8.0-inch screen with a console-mounted touchpad.
Mercedes will reveal more details about the GLE-Coupe during its world debut at the forthcoming Detroit Motor Show, starting January 2015.
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