2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Is The Answer to X6

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The new Mercedes GLE Coupe of 2016 model year was presented December 10, 2014, almost a month before the public appearance in the Detroit because of the Internet leak. Production of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe has already started (scheduled for the spring 2015) at the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa Plant (Alabama USA) alongside with the new generation Mercedes ML, which was renamed to 2016 Mercedes- Benz GLE.

Mercedes GLE Coupe is designed to compete with the BMW X6. It is not clear why it takes so much time to prepare a proper X6 rival. Sales of new coupe-styled SUV in Germany is scheduled for early summer 2015, according to preliminary information. In the U.S. market the car should appeared in fall.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Has Sleek Design

The first thing the new Merc SUV Coupe impresses is neat headlamps (Adaptive Xenon, LED daytime running lights), massive grille and solid bumper with huge air intake sections. The hood of crossover, as should be in a powerful car, decorated with ribs. In profile the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe demonstrates the strength, power and superiority. Massive rear end and large-sized wheels R22 perfectly fit into the big arch.

Also read about 2015 Mercedes C63 AMG

AMG version has 22-inch wheels, front mounted tires – 285/40 R22, rear 325/35 R22. It also offers more modest wheels – 275/45 R21 for the front axle and 315/40 R21 for the rear. These wheels can be ordered as an option for the usual Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Standard one installed on the front and rear axle tires are 275/50 R20 on alloy wheels. In the rear you can notice neat luggage cover, nice LED taillights large bumper with original exhaust pipes.

Interior Features

Despite being a coupe, the car is comfortable not only to the driver and front passenger, but also for three rear passengers. Wide and tall doorway ensure a comfortable boarding in the back seat. The floor is almost flat and new Mercedes GLE coupe offers much more overhead space for rear passengers than BMW X6. It is also worth mentioning that maximum luggage capacity, with rear seats folded is 58,2 cubic ft (1650 liters). The interior of the new Mercedes GLE Coupe of the 2016 model year has the full extent corresponds to the high level of the premium German brand. Super high quality materials, excellent ergonomics, the full set of modern equipment and safety systems. Compact multifunction steering wheel, highly informative instrument panel with multi-function color screen, front sport seats with lateral support and other features.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe 2016 Equipment List

The list of standard or optional equipment for the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe includes: interior wood, aluminum or carbon fiber inserts, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, three-zone climate control, power front seats with memory, heating, ventilation and massage functions.

The security system complex PRE-SAFE (BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist), Traffic Sign Assist with chip recognition of road signs, braking at the sudden appearance of pedestrians ahead of the car), ESP Curve Dynamic Assist and Crosswind Assist, parking sensors, a rearview camera or camera provides a panoramic view, Intelligent Light System headlamps, tailgate with electric drive, the latest COMAND Online multimedia system with an 8-inch color touch screen, Bang & Olufsen speakers, entertainment system with color screens for second-row passengers. The list of options is huge, just like for any other Mercedes-Benz.

Engine Range and Dimensions

The external dimensions of the body of the Mercedes GLE Coupe is 192,6 inches long, 78,9 in wide, 67,7 inches in height, with 114,8 inch wheelbase and ground clearance of 7,87 inches with standard spring suspension and 7 to 10 inches with Airmatic air suspension (optional).
Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe is higher and wider than BMW X6, but a bit shorter.

Also standard version has chassis and engine settings control sysem – Dynamic Select which has five different modes – Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Individual and Slippery (for slippery surface). All modifications have all-wheel drive 4Matic system with a symmetrical center differential for AMG-version. The torque is distributed in relation to 40:60, most torque goes on the rear axle. New coupe will be available with one diesel and three petrol engines, all motors are combined with only one transmission option – automatic 9-speed 9G-Tronic transmission. Diesel version will be available only in European market, as well as GLE 400.

Here is the modifications list:

  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d Coupe diesel 3.0-liter V6 (258 hp 457 ft lb / 620 Nm), EU-spec only;
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 Coupe with a gasoline 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 engine (333 hp 354 ft lb / 480 Nm), EU-spec only;
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe is equipped with a 3.0-liter gasoline bi-turbo V6 (367 hp 383 ft lb / 520 Nm).
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 AMG Coupe with a petrol 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 (525 hp 516 ft lb / 700 Nm).

Even the most powerful coupe-crossover Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 AMG Coupe, with its 525-horsepower engine has no chance when they met on the road with the new BMW X6 M, whose engine produces 575 horsepower and can catapult the car to the first hundred for 4.2 seconds. As it was mentioned below, only 2 modifications of GLE coupe will be available in U.S. The pricing wasn’t revealed officially, but there are certain speculations, that pricing for GLE 450 starts at $70,500; and GLE 63 AMG will be available at $110,000.

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