Mercedes-AMG unveiled the GLE 53 earlier this year and now we’re getting a glimpse of the upcoming coupe variant.
Snapped on the back of a trailer, the high-performance crossover has a Panamericana grille which is flanked by a set of familiar headlights. Further below, we can see a sporty bumper that appears identical to the one used on the GLE 53.
While the front end largely carries over, bigger changes occur aft of the A-pillar. As you can see, the crossover coupe adopts a more rakish windscreen, sportier side skirts and new doors. Of course, the biggest change is the sloping roofline and compact third quarter windows.
Out back, there’s a sporty liftgate with an integrated rear spoiler. The model also has a ventilated fascia, a prominent diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. Last but not least, the model rides on lightweight alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system.
Like the standard model, the GLE 53 Coupe will have a hybridized powertrain that consists of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The engine produces 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS) and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, but the electric motor can deliver an extra 22 hp (16 kW / 22 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque for a short boost of performance.
This setup enables the GLE 53 to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.3 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Given this, we can expect similar numbers from the GLE 53 Coupe.
Other notable features should include an AMG Performance all-wheel drive system, a sport-tuned suspension and a revised steering system with an AMG-specific rack and pinion ratio. The model will also have a revised interior which has an AMG Performance steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching.