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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Unveiled

10 December 2014

Following a leak, Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe – a vehicle that straddles the line between coupe and crossover.

The GLE Coupe, quite obviously, is designed to take on BMW’s own odd but successful coupe/crossover: the X6.

The design of the GLE Coupe is very similar to that of the X6, especially in profile. But the rear of the SUV is similar to that of the S-Class, and the grille is instantly recognizable as that of a Mercedes-Benz.

Standard rims are 20-inch, but 21- and 22-inch alloys are also available.

The flagship model is the 450 AMG, which has a three-litre twin-turbo petrol mill that generates 270 kW of power and 520 Nm of torque. The 450 also has an AMG body kit and special lightweight alloy rims.

Other engine options include the GLE 350 d 4MATIC that offers 190 kW and 620 Nm of torque, and the GLE 400 4MATIC with a twin-turbo three-litre V6 engine that generates 245 kW) and 480 Nm.

Finally, the GLE Coupe also comes with all the bells and whistles that we’re used to seeing in a Mercedes-Benz. The cabin is plush and very well equipped, and there’s a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, a DYNAMIC SELECT variable dynamic handling control system and an optional AIRMATIC air suspension (standard on the 450 AMG).