In one fell swoop, Mercedes has unveiled the new GLE Coupe and GLE 53 Coupe.
Designed to battle the BMW X6, the redesigned crossover coupes have evolutionary design with a bolder front fascia that features a more prominent grille and restyled LED headlights.
Moving further back, there’s a more rakish windscreen and 19- to 22-inch alloy wheels. Of course, the biggest change is the dynamic roofline which gives the model a coupe-like appearance.
The sporty styling continues at the rear as the model has bulging fenders for a “ready-to-pounce look.” The crossover also has slimmer taillights and a liftgate with an integrated rear spoiler. Other notable highlights include a chrome-plated accent that wraps around the dual exhaust system.
Compared to its predecessor, the new GLE Coupe is 1.5 inches (39 mm) longer, 0.3 inches (7 mm) wider and has a wheelbase that has been stretched by 0.8 inches (20 mm). Those differences are relatively minor, but the Coupe is still 2.4 inches (60 mm) shorter than the standard GLE.
A More Spacious And Upscale Interior
The cabin largely carries over and features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as a matching 12.3-inch infotainment system. The model also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, sport seats and an Artico (faux leather) dashboard.
The interior improvements don’t end there as Mercedes says the slightly larger dimensions pay a number of dividends in the cabin. In particular, the company says the model has “tangibly more room” than its predecessor and this results in a cabin that has a comfortable amount of space for up to five people.
Speaking of room, the boot holds 23.1 cubic feet (655 liters) of luggage but can be expanded to 63.2 cubic feet (1,790 liters) when the rear seats are folded down. The latter number is an improvement of 2.5 cubic feet (70 liters) and Mercedes says that means the GLE Coupe has the most cargo room in its segment.