Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Makes SUV Driving Sexy
You think my tractor’s sexy? Wait ’til you see the Mercedes Benz GLE Coupé.
Mercedes has upped the sexy with their newest SUV, the GLE Coupé, which combines the sporty nature of a traditional coupe with the “striking characteristics of a robust SUV.”
The exterior of the vehicle makes it look fast with flowing side contour, elongated and low greenhouse, striking radiator grille with central chrome louvre and rear end design falling into line more with the typical Mercedes Benz sedan than their SUV fleet.
Under the hood, the GLE Coupé comes standard with the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive while also sporting the Dynamic Select dynamic handling control system, the Sports Direct-Steer system and the driver assistance systems.
Dynamic Select handling allows a wide spread in the driving dynamics and combines the diametrical worlds of coupe and SUV driving experiences in a single vehicle – an automobile premiere.
Depending on the mode selected for the Dynamic Select variable dynamic handling control system, the 9G-Tronic shows off its agility and responsiveness or poised serenity. According to the manufacturer, the Dynamic Select transmission modes Sport and Sport+ deliver superior longitudinal agility and lateral dynamics – specifically as a result of the perfect interplay between the modified driving dynamics control systems ASR, ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist, the electronic traction system 4ETS and the brake control system Adaptive Brake.
It offers high shift speed as well as gentle, barely perceptible gear changes for enjoyable cruising.
Speaking of cruising, the newly designed Airmatic air suspension – available for the first time with the continuously variable damping system ADS Plus. The system changes its area of emphasis depending on the preselected Dynamic Select mode. Sport+ focuses on the greatest possible lateral dynamics with the best possible ride comfort while Comfort mode enables maximum ride comfort with the best possible dynamics.
Driving a coupe should be fun, no matter how many passengers you have but, it also has to be safe. The Active Curve System with active roll stabilization 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 sedan level and compensate for even heavy, one-sided excitation – for example when driving over potholes.
How you look while driving over those potholes is key and the GLE Coupé’s chrome-effect shoulderline trim strips and the simulated underguards at the front and rear alongside the twin- pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim will get you noticed. Green-tinted, heat- insulating glass reduces the glare of the sun in the summer, and LED technology is featured in the headlamps, daytime driving lights, rear lights and third brake light.
The inside is just as sexy as the outside- maybe more so. The Coupé boasts sports seats and a compact sports steering wheel as well as an infotainment system similar to other Mercedes Benz models. The center air vents feature a high-grade silver shadow frame and the center console houses the COMAND controller with the touchpad.
Customize your GLE Coupé by choosing from one of 11 paint finishes and get the customized style you want by choosing from a wide variety of interior combinations from single-tone black to various combinations in which black is used with ginger beige, crystal grey, saddle brown or porcelain. The interior of the Coupé is particularly impressive in two-tone designo exclusive nappa leather in porcelain/black. The designo Exclusive nappa leather option brings even more luxury: seats with diamond- pattern stitching, instrument panel and door panelling in designo leather and the black DINAMICA roof liner provide for even more exclusive travel.
Depending on personal preference, the trim elements shine in light longitudinal-grain aluminium, brown open-pore ash wood, brown eucalyptus wood, dark-graphite poplar wood or black AMG carbon fiber/piano lacquer.
The GLE63 S 4MATIC Coupe is expected to go on sale in the late summer. Pricing has not been released.