The upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe has been spied in the midst of testing near the company’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
These images, snapped by Carscoops reader Matthew Eldridge, show the GLE Coupe wrapped in black and white camouflage. We’ve seen the GLE Coupe undergoing tests in recent months bathed in camo but these images appear to show the vehicle with a near production-spec front bumper and no camouflage on the front driver and passenger-side doors.
It is difficult to determine what exact GLE Coupe model we’re looking at but the lack of quad tailpipes reveals that it is not a performance-oriented AMG model. A photo snapped of the interior shows that the cabin will be virtually identical to the standard GLE model and include prominent grab handles for the driver and passenger on the center console.
We expect the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe to be sold with the same range of engines as the standard model. Consequently, buyers in the U.S. will likely have GLE 350, GLE 350 4Matic, and GLE 450 4Matic models at their disposal from launch. The first two of these use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 255 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque while the GLE 450 4Matic is powered by a more potent 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with EQ Boost 48-volt technology and 362 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.
A GLE 580 Coupe may also be available with a biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine with EQ Boost tech to pump out 483 hp and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. European markets will also be offered in the new GLE Coupe in a handful of diesel guises. There may also be a GLE 53 Coupe. The range will be topped out by the GLE 63 Coupe and GLE 63 S Coupe models with 563 hp and 603 hp respectively.
Thanks to Matthew Eldridge for the pictures!