Mercedes-Benz unveils all-new GLE Coupé

A few short hours after the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE made its South African debut, the GLE Coupé made its international debut.

As you can see, the GLE follows the same design direction set by its smaller siblings – roofline that slopes to the rear and the now signature rear lights inspired by Merc’s sedan-based coupés.

The change in exterior design hasn’t had much of a difference in terms of space. The Coupé still boasts 655 litres of luggage space with all seats in place.

The GLE Coupé will be available with a wide range of engines, including petrol and diesel.

The diesel line-up consists of the familiar 350d, as well as the new 400d, which we drove recently. This 243kW/700Nm in-line six cylinder turbocharged diesel is silky smooth and offers most of its power from low down.

There’s no word on a full-fat V8 AMG just yet, so the current performance leader in the ranger will be the 53, which boasts an in-line six-cylinder turbocharged petrol with an EQ booster that adds an extra 16kW and 250Nm when need. Mercedes claims this model can hit 100km/h in 5.3 seconds.

A South African release date has not been set yet.