Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the all-new GLE 450 AMG Coupe, the first member of the “AMG Sport” line, which will bridge the price and performance gap between regular Benzes and their performance-oriented AMG versions.
The coupe-style SUV is powered by a biturbo 3.0-litre V6 engine that generates 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with a nine-speed automatic engine that sends power to all four wheels. The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system distributes torque 40:60 between the front and rear wheels.
The crossover will have five drive modes for optimal traction and driveability: individual, comfort, sport, sport plus and slippery. Each of the modes will allow the car to respond accordingly to driver input and varying degrees of performance and aggression.
The GLE 450 is the premium model in the GLE-Class and will therefore get premium treatment. Standard features will include an AMG body kit, 21-inch AMG wheels, model-specific front and rear fascias and an air suspension.
The GLE Coupe will be populating a segment that has been pretty scarce over the years. This new model is Mercedes’ answer to the BMW X6, which has remained unchallenged in this segment since its debut in 2008. Mercedes-Benz aims to fix that, which may suggest that other brands will follow.
The GLE 450 Coupe’s name also reflects Mercedes’ new naming structure since the vehicle is conceptually linked to the E-Class and mechanically to the ML. Pricing is expected to be released closer to next year’s launch.