New GLE Coupe is Mercedes’ Solution to its BMW X6 Problem [43 Pics]

Mercedes-Benz is trying to succeed where Acura and its ZDX flopped: taking on BMW’s X6 crossover with the new GLE Coupe.

Daimler is following the same recipe as their Bavarian rival, building a slope-roofed crossover with an athletic stance on its existing mid-size SUV, which in this case, is the ML that is due itself for a facelift and a name change to GLE next year.

As we saw in the first leaked photos earlier today, Mercedes designers didn’t veer too far away from the Concept Coupe shown in Beijing, but they did tone down the styling, especially at the back where the production car ditched the full-width lights for a pair of separate fixtures, which like the headlamps, remind us of the S-Class Coupe.

“Our GLE Coupé combines typical coupé attributes, such as sportiness, dynamism and agility, with the confident presence, versatility and robustness of an SUV,” said Mercedes-Benz Chief Development Officer, Thomas Weber.

It’s certainly far sportier looking than the M-Class, but somehow I find myself thinking of a pregnant goldfish every time I look at the GLE Coupe’s puffy silhouette…

Just like the BMW X6, Mercedes’ design budget started and ended with the exterior because inside, the cabin is identical to that of the upcoming M-Class facelift / GLE with new controls for the center console, and a tablet-like display screen for the latest COMAND infotainment system. To spice things up a bit, the Germans will offer a wider range of colors and materials for the leather seats and trim decors.

The GLE Coupe sits on the same chassis as the facelifted ML, but with modified suspension, steering and electronic systems to improve handling and feel. The crossover model is 4,900mm long, 2,003mm wide and 1,731mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,915mm.

In Europe, the powertrain lineup will include both diesel and petrol engines, all paired to Benz’s 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive and 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, but with different setups.

For starters, the GLE Coupe will debut Mercedes’ new AMG Sport range that targets Audi’s “S” and BMW’s M Performance models with the GLE Coupe 450 AMG Sport, sitting right under the full-blown AMG vehicles.

“The GLE 450 AMG Coupé is our first sports model, and further highly emotional and performance-oriented models will follow in the near future. The new product line from Mercedes-AMG has allowed us to make true sports car technology and the fascination of motorsports more accessible”, said Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers.

Power for the GLE 450 AMG Sports Coupe comes from a tuned version of the brand’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 petrol producing 367PS (362hp) and 520Nm (383 lb-ft) of peak torque, with the new DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode Sport+ being offered as standard.

Furthermore, whereas the other models feature even torque distribution of 50:50 between the front and rear axles, drive is split in a ratio of 40:60 here.

This version also gets a specific AMG body kit with a front and rear apron, a rear spoiler lip and 21-inch alloy wheels with tires size 275/45 R 21 (front) and 315/40 R 21 (rear), or optionally, 22-inch wheels with 285/40 R 22 (front) and 325/35 R 22 (rear) tires.

At launch, the GLE Coupe will also be available with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel producing 258PS (255hp) and 620Nm (457 lb-ft) in the GLE 350 d 4MATIC, and a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 gasoline unit rated at 333PS (329hp) and 480Nm (354 lb-ft).

A GLE 63 AMG high-performance model to fight the BMW X6M with Merc’s twin-turbo V8 and around 570-horses will be added to the lineup as well.

The new Mercedes model will have its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show next month and launch in the third or fourth quarter of the year.

Photo Gallery

  • cmonbenz

    OH GOD NO.

  • europeon

    I’m not gonna say anything about the exterior, but that extra thick bezel on the nav screen is an insult to today’s technology. It’s like they’re spitting in the face of their customers.

  • The X6 has better proportions.

    • Shobin Drogan

      That isn’t saying much.

    • Dr Zoidberg

      Rosie O’Donnell has better proportions than both of those.

      • bonzomatic

        I have typed, erased, and retyped, and I just can’t come up with a way to describe how epic that comment is. You win the internet today.

  • x

    I don’t like it… Maybe it a wrong colour, maybe its good in black?… I dont know…
    Plus this interior. The center console looks dated. It should be influenced by the new c’s interior, but not this.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Absolutely love the rear bumper and those taillamps are pretty chic. I imagine these will look even better in person, I cannot wait to see the X6 with this in a XCAR comparison, and can’t wait to see What Car get its hands on this.

    The interior is pretty meh, but I can understand why MB went with it. It is essentially a GLE(ML) with a more sportier body, am I right? The question of course is why does the GLE(ML) have this interior, but I suppose it’s just the design scheme MB has to go with across it’s CUV range until a major over-haul down the line(when the profits start rolling in from these investments) that will probably bring it more inline with car range. But as far as pioneering the Mercedes Benz face across it’s CUV range, this GLE coupe is a great start, I can’t wait to see this make its way to the GLK(C?) and GL(S?).

  • Glasfunk

    lol @ Nazi reference in title.

    • fvbhbfrxhbfd

      i don`t see. the word solution is not a nazi property.

      • europeon

        You just did. 🙂

      • Glasfunk

        Oh of course it’s not. It’s simply that the Nazis had a plan called “The Final Solution”, which was – and this is not hard to find – often referred to as ‘The Final Solution to the Jewish Question’.

        So when you see “[Person X]’s Solution To The [Person Y] Problem”, it easily evokes that image.

  • Oumar DiAllO

    IMO, those should be the tail lights of the Mercedes sedans. They’re pretty awesome.

  • NG212

    AMG bodykit or bust.

    It almost looks like a different car as the GLE 450 AMG Sport, and the red paint. That model is certainly more attractive than the white leak from earlier. Unlike other new Mercedes, the interior is not class-best. But this is an ML, and they’re waiting until the next-gen model to give it an all-new interior.

    I expect 95% of comments to be negative. And that’s okay. I’m sure this is a controversial vehicle within Daimler, and certainly within AMG. But ultimately, it’s a business decision. They don’t want BMW to have a monopoly on *any* segment, more profits are nice, and the customers who will buy this are younger.

    Mercedes doesn’t have much enthusiast street cred in the first place. So I’m certain they don’t mind being hated in places like this if it means selling these. I’m excited to see the sales numbers vs the X6.

    The numbers will be more interesting than Mustang vs Camaro.

  • NG212

    This isn’t the prettiest thing Mercedes sells (by a mile), but I still prefer it to the current ML, which has a serious case of the meh.

    Also, I just learned the trunk “has 670 litres of space, which is bigger than the X6’s (580 litres) and also the seven-seat X5’s with the back seats folded (650 litres).” That’s crazy. More practical than you think. (Per AutoExpress.)

  • Espada

    It just looks like a bloated S-class. But in truth, it will sell like crack.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I miss the more prominent nose and connected tail lights of the concept car but it’s not the worst looking car, a bit better looking than BMW X6 in my opinion.

  • c3vzn

    Stop trying to make this SUV shape happen, it’s not going to happen!

  • BlackPegasus

    The back of this thing looks like a Buick Verano. Not bad looking but it reminds me of a Buick. Btw, the Verano has a better looking center console than the Mercedes.

  • john5

    Is it a pig?

  • MJ Coffey

    Looks like sh*t. 🙁

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I prefer the non AMG to the AMG car; still the X6 does it for me and not this.

    Carscoop can you do a side by side pretty please? Now that the real deal is out and the F16 is out as well.
    ‘Thanks!

  • Brian

    Even my Honda has a push button start.

  • NEW_340

    I think the GLE is pretty. The X6 is handsome. The GLE looks like a girl who goes to the gym 3 times a week. She needs to work her tuches( too-kiss) its just a little sloppy, like she thought oh ill work on that next year . The X6 looks like a guy thats a gym rat. I bet the star symbol on the font of the GLE makes it sell. Just like the CLA GLA and GLK.

  • SgtBeavis

    I don’t hate the exterior, but I don’t exactly love it either. I guess the Russians might love it like they do the X6. However I’m damn tired of the floating fake tablet thingy. As stated by others the bezel is cheap looking but the entire idea is damn old now and it never looked good to begin with.

  • The pressures of motoring trends..

  • J&G

    mercedes could use a little bit imagination on this one….now everyone will say :” GLe ??! Aaaa , yes , the X6 copy , i know it ….
    “Any similarities to actual cars or models, real or ficticious is merely coincidental and the product of a feverish imagination….”

    MB….you had to change the rim pattern at least….

  • Vesta12

    It is ugly, I’ll give it that…. Other comments, I’ll keep to myself.

  • Kash

    The more i see of this car the more i like it over the regular ML and X6 (maybe it’s because i also like the CLS over the E-class?). I’m also liking the small details like red stripe down the top of the engine cover and what appear to be the 2 lights under the hood for what I assume would be used to help see under the hood if need be, and the pop out back up camera is really clever. I don’t really care for the chrome tramp stamp there at the back but the use of the S-class coupe’s tail lights makes for a nice rear end and is starting to tie all the coupe variants together (it’s subtle but not an unnoticed thing). I just wish they had thrown in the S-class’s big touch screen dash in the cabin instead of regular dials.

    I don’t see why people are band mouthing the interior all because they didn’t change it from the new ML’s. So? Mercedes barely changed the interior for the coupe variant of the S-class, why would they completely overhaul and change it in the coupe version of the ML? I think it’s a little hypocritical to be chastising them on that one thing. It’s not an entirely new model, it’s a new model variant.

    I get that a lot of people don’t care for this body style but let’s face it, they wouldn’t be doing it if BMW wasn’t making good money from it. This isn’t a broad spectrum, regular SUV, this is niche vehicle and the niche is big enough to warrant some R&D cash from Daimler. I don’t really think this body style is going to trickle down to the non-premium makers however (really outside of Germany unless Lexus decides to do one), but who knows. Maybe we’ll see GM launching one around 2025 as a GMC.

  • rover10

    Good news! Yet another get out of my way, ‘I’m an important person going places in this world.’ One word sums up this, and its like, ‘MONSTROUS’.

  • Paulo

    FUGLY!!!

    • Paulo

      This “coupe” SUV/SAV/WhateverV’s are the fugliest, mots unnecessary, stupidest car creations of recent times! And it’s all your fault America!

  • Peđa Knežević

    Looks like s**t, and I’m big fan of Mercs last design language.
    AMG pack so and so outside, but interior is a bigger mess than a teenagers room after party.

  • firejoe

    OMG. Kill it with fire!

  • LandSeaAir

    A further dilution of the brand.

  • mic

    no

  • Eunos

    Wow! I hate BMW X6, but this looks actually very good in my opinion.

  • fabri99

    The trees will die,
    Polar bears bye bye,
    Bleeding is my eye,
    Mercedes hell why…

  • KidRed

    Perfect! Mercedes now has something just as ugly to compete with the ugly x6.

  • Dan

    And Jeremy Clarkson, said BMW failed with the X6 model. How wrong he was…

  • Lineage2MediaCom .

    how can be smt so ugly?