BMW X6 rivalling Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe revealed.
Mercedes has unleashed its assault on the SUV coupe niche currently occupied only by the BMW X6.
Like the X6, the new GLE is claimed to be a coupe, but unless your eyes are painted on it clearly features four doors and sits too high off the ground to be a traditional coupe.
Instead, the GLE is more of an SUV with a slightly lower roofline and an abnormal growth on its backside. The GLE Coupe ‘aint pretty.
Because the new model is based on the existing Mercedes ML SUV, the new car is fitted with the same plush interior with the gear selector in the wrong place – the steering column where you’d normally find the indicator stalk…
Engine options include the usual suspects – a 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 with 258hp in the base GLE 350 d, and a 333hp petrol V6 in the GLE 400, while the range-topping (for now) GLE 450 AMG gets a 367hp version of the 400’s motor.
All models are equipped with a trick new 9-speed automatic gearbox and 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which features a 50:50 torque split on all models bar the sportier GLE 450 AMG which sends 60 per cent of the engines torque rear-wards.
The standard suspension setup is conventional steel springs with adaptive dampers which are connected to Comfort, Sport and Sport+ drive modes. However, you will be able to option Mercedes’ new-generation air-suspension which is now available with continuously variable adaptive dampers to ensure the GLE always offers maximum comfort while also delivering the best possible handling characteristics.
Electronically controlled front and rear anti-roll bars also activate in Sport and Sport+ drive modes to minimize the impact of potholes on the car’s cornering attitude.
For now just three models will be available, though a V8-powered GLE63 AMG is expected to arrive shortly after the GLE Coupe range goes on sale next year.