In 2011, we reported that Mercedes-Benz would build a midsize luxury crossover that was scheduled to go on sale in 2015 and take on the BMW X6. With the new year just around the corner, Mercedes-Benz has indeed produced such a vehicle, which it calls the GLE Coupe.
Despite the model's SUV-like stance, according to the German carmaker, the GLE Coupe is the latest addition to its portfolio of coupes, following the classic, two-door C, E and S-Class models, and the four-door CLS and CLA-Class coupes.
The vehicle bears the stylistic feature of all modern Mercedes-Benz coupes, with the low greenhouse, single-louver upright sports grille framed by three-dimensional all-LED headlights, short overhangs, and forward-sloping, power-dome hood. Discreet references to its SUV nature are also plentiful, like the illuminated running boards and chrome-plated front and rear underride guards.
At launch, the GLE Coupe will be available as three variants: the GLE 350d, which has 258hp and 620Nm; the V6 biturbo GLE 400, which develops 333hp and 480Nm; and the range-topping V6 biturbo GLE 450 AMG, which boasts 367hp and 520Nm.
All three variants will also be equipped with Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system and 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features of the GLE Coupe are the dynamic handling control system, the power tailgate, and the reversing camera with dynamic display guidelines.
"For Mercedes-Benz, the GLE Coupe is the trailblazer for a versatile vehicle class," said Mercedes-Benz board member for marketing and sales Ola Kallenius. "It will enable us to win new customers for our brand."
Don't you think it looks so much like the BMW X6?