Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to introduce its new GLE-Class Coupe, and it's shared these images, along with some relevant details, about the new crossover to get us excited for its impending release.

    The model you see in this gallery is the GLE 450 AMG, and it will be powered by a biturbo V6 engine sending 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through a brand-new nine-speed automatic transmission. Its main competitor will be the BMW X6, which introduced the coupe-like sloping roofline into the crossover segment.

    Scroll through our image gallery to learn all about the upcoming GLE-Class Coupe.
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Mercedes-Benz GLE
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE
  • According to Mercedes-Benz, it has "[combined] two classes of vehicle – each with its own distinct style – to make a new model, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe."

    Those two seemingly disparate classes are coupes and sport utility vehicles, and we can certainly see where the German automaker is coming from. The high ground clearance of the new GLE-Class makes it look rugged and ready for adventure, but the tight confines of its dramatic bodywork mean it's really more intimate, like a sports coupe would be.
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Meredes GLE In Profile
  • Meredes GLE In Profile
  • In profile, it's clear that Mercedes is targeting the BMW X4 and X6 with its new GLE-Class. A dramatically sloping roofline is the standout feature, and when coupled with large wheel openings for aggressive wheels and tires, the mixed-use intent that the car's designers had in mind is apparent.

    While it's highly unlikely any future Mercedes GLE owners will actually take their cars off-road, we see clear indicators that the automaker wants people to think it could � such as the black underbody panels and fender flares.
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Mercedes GLE Coupe
  • Mercedes GLE Coupe
  • Take note of the aggressive bodywork that makes up the rear of the new Mercedes GLE Coupe. Vented lower rear panels look sporty, and there's a subtle spoiler above the chrome-highlighted tail lamps.

    Although Mercedes is calling this vehicle a coupe, we're sure owners will appreciate the added versatility of rear doors, though we're just as sure that they shouldn't expect a great deal of room in back due to the GLE's sloping roof.
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Mercedes GLE From Behind
  • Mercedes GLE From Behind
  • When looking at the rear of the new Mercedes GLE, we see very wide rear tires that are sure to prove grippy on the pavement, though certainly less so on dirt or snow. Fortunately, the GLE is offered with the brand's excellent 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, meaning it has the hardware necessary to keep moving when the going gets tough.

    Note, too, the four exhaust tips of this GLE 450 AMG model, which sit high and signal to others on the road that you're driving something powerful. Although the rear glass will lift as part of the car's hatchback, the total amount of usable space will be limited by the car's coupe-like proportions.
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Mercedes GLE Interior
  • Mercedes GLE Interior
  • An eight-inch LCD screen sits front and center in the GLE's dash, and, combined with the controllers that sit atop the console, make up Mercedes' COMAND infotainment technology.

    Mercedes promises room for five people, citing the widest rear bench seat in its class, and says the 58 maximum cubic feet of cargo space is a "world record for luggage compartments in coupes," though most coupes don't have four doors or a rear hatch. For comparison, the BMW X6 offers a max of 53.9 cubic feet.
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The luxury crossover coupe isn't always the most loved auto segment in terms of styling, but Mercedes-Benz clearly sees room there to grow. The company's new GLE Coupe shows a new take on the styling to challenge the established BMW X6. Whether buyers opt for the GLE450 or GLE63, they get a mountain of power from either a twin-turbo V6 or V8, respectively, with 4Matic all-wheel drive. They're both on display at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

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