The new Mercedes GLE Coupe has been spied in the final stages of pre-reveal testing, sporting disguise over its front as well as rear however leaving the side profile exposed.
It’s believed this specific cars and truck is the high-performance AMG variant: the GLE 63 AMG Coupe. Besides the huge 21-inch alloy wheels, we can see outlines of the AMG-spec ‘wing-front bumper as well as twin elongate tailpipes under the white sheeting.
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The GLE Coupe ushers in a new naming convention for Mercedes SUVs, which car reveal previously reported on here. The GLE Coupe is essentially a rakish four-door hatchback version of the existing ML-Class, which will be rebranded as a GLE when it’s facelifted in 2015. With the gargantuan GL ending up being the GLS, the larger 4x4s will sit much more conveniently in the variety with the A-Class based GLA as well as new GLC, a mid-sized BMW X3 as well as Audi Q5 rival which replaces the outgoing GLK.
The GLE Coupe, which was previewed by the idea Coupe style research study in 2013, is apparently 57mm lower than the boxy ML, as well as a staggering 118mm wider, to provide an intimidating coupe-like stance.
As the GLE Coupe is based heavily on an existing design (just as BMW’s rivalling X6 riffs off the X5), the GLE 63 Coupe is not expected to utilize AMG’s new 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine, which will function in the new C63 saloon as well as estate, plus the GT AMG sports car.
Instead, Mercedes will modify the drivetrain of the present ML63 AMG, which utilizes a 518bhp twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8, a seven-speed automatic gearbox, as well as all-wheel drive. expect power to increase to over 550bhp for the new ‘coupe’ as well as its refreshed sister-car, in purchase to see off the new 542bhp variety Rover sport SVR as well as facelifted Porsche Cayenne Turbo – which is soon to spawn a 560bhp-plus Cayenne Turbo S variant.
Diesel versions will be the huge money-spinners in Europe, as well as Mercedes will even offer a plug-in hybrid version to fight the variety Rover sport hybrid as well as Tesla design X crossover. The GLE Coupe is believed to be heading for a debut early in 2015, potentially as soon as the Detroit motor show in January.