#83 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe – Striking looks, improved dynamics

Each generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been better than the last. This is especially true of the second generation, which replaced the original model that soldiered on through eight years of subpar reliability and build quality. The latest, third-generation M-Class is a subtle evolution of the previous one, upping the ante with even more power and features. The third generation M-Class has been in production from 2011. The overall design of the SUV was catching up with age.
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe 

Mercedes-Benz has decided to freshen up design in order to make it a more worthy competitor to its equally capable rivals. The changes not only affected the overall design of the SUV, but have also resulted to it getting a new name. The M-Class will now be officially known as the GLE. This reflects the resent restructuring witnessed in Mercedes where all models will be named in according to the brands five core models A, B, C, E and S. In the case of the model designations for the SUVs, in a tribute to the legendary G-Class, all SUV models will in future have the first two letters ‘GL’ in their name.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The ‘G’ here denotes the car’s lineage. The ‘L’ is a linking letter that makes the model designations easier to remember and easier to pronounce. It is followed by the third letter, which indicates the relationship to the relevant core model series. For the case of the GLE the ‘E’ indicates the SUV’s relationship to the mid-range E-Class segment. The other big news from the revamped M-Class range is the introduction of Mercedes-Benz’s first ever four door coupe SUV. The GLE Coupe is the new addition to the successful portfolio of Mercedes-Benz coupes. Alongside the classic, two-door C, E and S-Class models and the four-door CLS and CLA-Class coupes.
Aggressive and sporty front 

The new GLE coupe combines sporty nature of a coupe with the striking characteristics of a robust SUV. The upright sports grille is framed by three-dimensionally designed all-LED headlamps, is the major feature of the front end with its short, stylish overhang. The forward-sloping bonnet with its typical Mercedes power domes underscores the membership of the GLE Coupe in line with other sporty models from the automaker. The coupe-like nature is also emphasized by the design of the rear end which was inspired by the S-Class Coupe.

Rear lights 

The styling characteristics of the rear include the slim band of rear lights with their three-dimensional look, the wide chrome insert fitted above and the registration plate now incorporated into the rear bumper. The rear window is rounded off at the top to compete the coupe look. A discreet SUV reference is made by the chrome-plated underride guard in the front and rear, here with the integrated twin tailpipe trim elements of the exhaust system.

Infotainment and 4-MATIC controls 

The GLE Coupe rides on standard 20-inch 10 spoke alloys. Optional 21- or 22-inch light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres are available. The GLE Coupe will also be available as an AMG sport model. The AMG sports models feature unique body styling, which includes a specific front and rear apron, a rear spoiler lip painted in the vehicle colour and unique 21-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. 

View from the top 

The GLE 350 d 4MATIC diesel is the entry level model with a power output of 190 kW (258 hp) and 620 Nm. The mid-spec GLE 400 4MATIC petrol model is fitted with the new direct-injection V6 biturbo engine rated at 245 kW (333 hp) and 480 Nm. The GLE 450 AMG is a particularly sporty choice. The V6 biturbo engine with an output of 270 kW (367 hp) and 520 Nm. Paired with all the engines is Mercedes-Benz’s newest 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLE 350 d and GLE 400 models feature even torque distribution of 50:50 between the front and rear axles. In the particularly sporty GLE 450 AMG Coupe the drive is split in a ratio of 40:60. This configuration is modified to offer the SUV greater agility and more pronounced dynamics increasing the thirst for precise cornering.

The extremely large interior for a coupe provides space for up to five people. The rear seat bench in the GLE Coupe is the widest in its class. Drivers who order the optional large panoramic glass roof are rewarded with an even greater feeling of spaciousness for all the passengers. With a maximum of 1650 litres, the coupe also offers the largest luggage compartment in its class and just happens to hold the world record for luggage compartments in coupes.

Luxurious interior 

As an option, the latest generation of COMAND Online offers perfect infotainment with an 8-inch TFT display and intuitive touchpad. The system also includes a DVD player. If required, the customer can equip COMAND Online with the 6-disc DVD changer, Rear Seat Entertainment System with remote control, TV receiver or Bang & Olufsen Sound system.

Coupe design inspired by the S-Class coupe

The departure of the M-Class will bring sadness to many of its fans. However, the replacement (GLE) certainly promises to thrill the M-Class fans with its charming looks, great performance, improved interior adornment and its versatility. The Coupe version of the GLE presents a great option for anyone looking for a unique SUV. The GLE Coupe and GLE will go on sale from early next year. GLE Coupe also hints at the probability of Mercedes-Benz launching more four-door coupe SUVs in the future.