Following this afternoon's leak, Mercedes has officially unveiled the GLE Coupe.
Designed to tackle the BMW X6, the GLE Coupe is billed as a "striking" combination of a coupe and a crossover. The jury's still out on that hyperbole but the crossover features a prominent front fascia with a single bar grille that is flanked by LED headlights. The model has also a dynamic roofline and a distinctive rear end that echoes the S-Class Coupe. Other notable styling highlights include plastic body cladding, chrome trim, a dual exhaust system and standard 20-inch alloy wheels (21- and 22-inch wheels are optional).
The GLE 450 AMG goes one step further as it adopts an aggressive AMG body kit and 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels. The model also has an AIRMATIC air suspension, an adaptive damping system and an automatic lowering function which reduces the ride height at higher speeds.
The GLE 450 AMG's nine-speed automatic transmission also has a Dynamic Select system with five specially-tuned modes: INDIVIDUAL, COMFORT, SLIPPERY, SPORT and SPORT+. In the latter mode, gear changes are "acoustically accentuated" and the cockpit instruments respond faster and more “sharply." The car's display also shows the longitudinal and lateral acceleration as well as the steering angle via a "photo-realistic motorsports graphic."
Inside, the GLE 450 AMG is distinguished by a nappa leather sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and carbon fiber trim with piano black accents.
Speaking of the interior, the standard model has sport seats, a sport steering wheel and a new infotainment display. The cabin also has silver shadow accents and aluminum or wood trim.
As we reported earlier today, the GLE Coupe will be launched with a handful of different engines. Mercedes was coy on detailed specifications but confirmed there will be a GLE 350 d 4MATIC with 258 PS (190 kW) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. If that's not powerful enough, the GLE 400 4MATIC has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that develops 333 PS (245 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque. Last but not least, the aforementioned GLE 450 AMG has a more powerful twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that produces 367 PS (270 kW) and 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) of torque.
Check out the press release for additional information