After that BMW X6? We suggest you wait for the Mercedes GLE Coupe its destined to fill an awkward if rather confusing product segment. The mid-sized SUV Coupe market.
An awkward and rather niche market requires an awkward looking solution and the Mercedes GLE is just so after all if you can make the X6 look desirable by comparison then you must be doing something right. Or should that be wrong?
The exterior design doesn’t veer too far away from the Coupe Concept which debuted at the Beijing Auto Show and much of the detailing such as the light clusters flow back and forth with the Mercedes design language of the moment.
In the UK three models will initially be available, the GLE 350 d will use a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, the GLE 400 will feature a 3.0-litre V6, twin turbo petrol and the GLE AMG 450 Coupe will be a tuned version of the latter.
Power is rated at between 258bhp and 520Nm, 333bhp and 329Nm, 367bhp and 620Nm respectively.
The AMG version will be offered with the DYNAMIC SELECT TRANSMISSION which has 5 selectable modes Individual, Slippery, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.
Four wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic will be available as standard. The first two models will get an even 50:50 split of torque front and rear, whereas the GLE AMG will have a 40:60 front to rear split.
The Mercedes GLE sits on the same chassis used for the ML, but Mercedes have tuned the steering and suspension in a bid to instill the sporting nature the GLE is intended to portray.
Later on Mercedes will unleash the GLE 63 AMG, a hardcore driving frenzy developed to ward off the X6M, it will source a 5.5litre V8 twin-turbo and will be tuned to exhale 570bhp.
The GLE’s interior is lifted straight out of the current ML so expect the same levels of comfort, refinement and gadget galore connectivity and safety systems.
The GLE is expected to hit UK show rooms by spring 2015. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, we won’t cover that press release, we’re not a sales brochure.