Look Out BMW X6, it’s the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onJanuary 12th, 2015

As gas prices plummet, we will be witnessing yet another resurgence in SUV sales in America, which is why Mercedes-Benz is working hard to bridge the gap to its competitors by unveiling the all new Mercedes-Benz X6 GLE Coupe here at the Detroit NAIAS. The GLE (formerly M) Coupe represents a new sportier SUV that Mercedes-Benz is hoping will attract younger buyers to its showroom.

Visually, it looks like the old M Class and a BMW X6 had a baby. Much like its competitors, the sloped roofline kills the practicality of the utility in SUV by removing both rear headroom and storage space. The execution isn’t perfect, it’s nowhere as svelte as the X6, but it’s a huge departure from the utilitarian looks of the outgoing M class.

Available initially with a 258hp diesel and a 367hp gasoline engine, the GLE Coupe the new 9 speed automatic gearbox to the masses. The transmission has been used in smaller volume E class models around the world, and the GLE Coupe will be the first line to exclusively use this transmission across the range. The GLE 450 AMG Sport, packing 367hp, will also be the first AMG Sport line of vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, allowing them to compete against the BMW M Performance and Audi’s S Line range of cars. It’s not really an AMG, but it will include enough performance, dynamics and bolt on body parts for those that want to feel like they own an AMG but at a lower price tag. For those wanting a pure AMG experience, the GLE 63 Coupe will be available offering 557hp and the AMG S-Model bumps that up to 585hp. The top model is able to sprint from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds.

With the GLE 450 AMG Sport, the transmission modes open up, allowing a Mercedes-Benz branded vehicle to finally have some of the goodies from the AMG cars. A whopping 5 modes are available, Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport+. Individual mode allows the driver to custom program their own unique dynamics preferences, while comfort is the default economical mode. Slippery is a new mode, which optimizes shifting strategies for ice and snow. Sport and Sport+ should be familiar to AMG owners, offering more and more aggressive shift modes for carving through back roads, or ripping around a racetrack.

A new AIRMATIC with ADS Plus air suspension system is offered on the GLE Coupe, which for the first time allows the vehicle to actively change damping characteristics to improve the ride vs handling balance in each driving mode. Like the CLA and GLA class, ACTIVE CURVE ASSIST is standard in the GLE Coupe, Mercedes speak for torque vectoring. Coupled with active anti-roll bars, the suspension setup allows unlimited setup potential for any driving conditions.

Check out our gallery of the GLE Coupe, and tell us what you think!

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