"Our GLE Coupé combines typical coupé attributes, such as sportiness, dynamism and agility, with the confident presence, versatility and robustness of an SUV", says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Board Member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "The GLE Coupé is the new addition to the successful portfolio of Mercedes-Benz coupés. Alongside the classic, two-door C, E and S-Class models and the four-door CLS and CLA-Class coupés, the new coupé displays a highly individual interpretation of the physiognomy and light-footed approach typical of this family of vehicles."
Boasting an extremely large interior for a coupé, the new GLE Coupé provides space for up to five people, offering passengers the widest rear seat bench in its class. With a maximum of 1650 litres, the coupé also offers the largest luggage compartment in its class and holds the world record for luggage compartments in a coupé model. For the first time in this segment, Mercedes-Benz is also offering a fully electric extendable and retractable trailer coupling, which also includes ESP® trailer stabilization.
The model range: A sportier choice
The 6-cylinder engine of the GLE 350 d 4MATIC model in conjunction with the new 9G-TRONIC transmission delivers outstanding fuel consumption of just 7.2L/100km (combined), while producing 190 kW and maximum torque of 620 Nm from 1600 rpm. The entry level model to the range introduces an exceptional array of standard equipment into the range including AMG Body styling, DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, AIRMATIC Air suspension, 21" AMG Wheels, an LED Intelligent Light System, COMAND navigation, an EASY-PACK automatic power tailgate, Harman Kardon® Logic 7® 14 speaker surround-sound system, Nappa Leather upholstery, as well as heated and electronically adjustable AMG Line sports front seats.
As the first AMG sports model, the GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupé enables an attractive entry to the world of the sports car and performance brand. "The GLE 450 AMG Coupé is our first sports model, and further highly emotional and performance-oriented models will follow in the near future. The new product line from Mercedes-AMG has allowed us to make true sports car technology and the fascination of motorsports more accessible", said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "Every vehicle from Affalterbach honours the brand promise of Driving Performance."
Utilizing a 6-cylinder bi-turbo engine, the GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupé produces a maximum output of 270 kW and 520 Nm to deliver outstanding driving dynamics, and acceleration from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds. In addition to the standard equipment across the range, the GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupé also incorporates a panoramic sliding sunroof, AMG Line Nappa Leather upholstery, 22" AMG Wheels, ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM with anti-roll stabilization and an Anti-Theft Protection package.
The top of the range Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC Coupé delivers outstanding performance from its 5.5L V8 engine, which is assembled according to Mercedes-AMG's 'One man, One Engine' philosophy. The GLE 63 S Coupé produces 430 kW and 760 Nm in conjunction with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission to accelerate from 0 - 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds. The GLE 63 S Coupé also incorporates the following equipment as standard: AMG Driver's Package, AMG Performance Exhaust, AIR-BALANCE Package, Digital TV Tuner, Luxury heated and ventilated multi-contour front seats in Exclusive AMG Nappa Leather.
A new benchmark in safety
The GLE Coupé will also arrive with exceptional safety features as standard including: 9 Airbags, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop & Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE®Brake, PRE-SAFE®Plus, Crosswind Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, an Active Bonnet and an LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus.
Stability pact: AIRMATIC with ADS Plus, Sports Direct-Steer and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM
In addition to the ground-breaking powertrain configuration, the newly designed AIRMATIC air suspension - available for the first time with the continuously variable damping system ADS Plus - guarantees extremely stable driving. The damping system changes its area of emphasis depending on the preselected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. The current operating conditions are detected via a steering angle sensor, four turning angle sensors and the driving speed from the ESP® signal and the brake pedal switch. The control unit uses these signals for infinitely variable adjustment of the current damping force required for each individual wheel.
The ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM with active roll stabilisation is also part of the special sports systems that are activated when the driver selects SPORT or SPORT+. At the same time, the active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles raise the comfort to saloon level and compensate for even heavy, one-sided excitation - for example when driving over potholes. In combination with the newly configured, degressive Sports Direct-Steer system, the handling is outstanding in all operating conditions.
The exciting new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé range is now available to order for customers in Australia with first deliveries expected in September 2015.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d 4MATIC Coupé - $121,900 (MRLP)
Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupé - $141,900 (MRLP)
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC Coupé - $198,900 (MRLP)
Prices exclude on-road costs and dealer delivery, contact your local dealer for drive away price information.