Looks familiar? The GLE Coupe is Mercedes-Benz's BMW X6 rival

Available in 3 variants, including an AMG version
Dec 10, 2014

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - The GLE Coupe is Mercedes-Benz’s BMW X6 fighter

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."

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