The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe will also be available with a range of ‘AMG sports’ models which works in much the same way as BMW offering M performance models rather than out-and-out M cars. It will also come with an added £10,000 premium on top of the equivalent GLE models.
The range of engines include a diesel and two petrol options all only available with a nine-speed automatic transmission as well as permanent all wheel drive. The flagship model is called the GLE450 AMG coupe and will be the first of the AMG sports range. This model is powered by 3.0-litre biturbo V6 petrol engine which produces 362bhp. A slightly lesser version of this engine is also offered in th GLE400 coupe which produces 328bhp.
The single diesel model is the GLE350d coupe which has a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine which fires out 254bhp. Other than power and torque Mercedes are yet to announce any economy and performance figures.
This merging together of an SUV and a Coupe will attract younger buyers into their products Mercedes say.
Also available is the Dynamic Select driving mode control system which comes with five different driving modes to choose from. These include: individual, comfort, slippery, sport and sport+ – each of which alter ‘hard’ features such as the chassis and powertrain as well as ‘soft’ features including elements such as engine sound.
20-inch alloy wheels come as standard in the GLE coupe with the option of upping the size to 22-inches on the GLE450 AMG. Additions to the options include a huge range of safety features and toys including a pre-braking system, heated windscreen wipers, a lane departure warning system, a 360-degree parking camera and a night vision camera.
Also planned is an “icing on the cake” GLE 63 AMG version which boasts a twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine with a power output upwards of a titanic 518bhp.