- New Mercedes-Benz coupe based on GLE SUV
- Diesel-only engine line-up at launch
- Lower, wider, faster and more efficient than before
Mercedes-Benz has added another coupe to its expanding SUV range with the second-generation GLE Coupe. It's set to be shown to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2019 before going on sale in the UK in the spring of 2020. The old model proved a surprise hit when it first went on sale in 2015.
Of course, the market has moved on since then. So, when that car went on sale, it was acceptable to be based on the ageing mechanicals of the existing GLE, but now, with cars such as the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Audi Q8 and Range Rover Velar to go up against, acceptable is just not going to cut it. Lest we also forget that there's a new BMW X6 coming – and we know how well that one's going to drive.
All the tech and space you'll ever need
You know the drill. This one is based on an all-new (or at least near-new) car, and that it's up-to the-second when it comes to tech, safety and equipment. It looks quite different to the car it's based on – it's 15mm, 63mm wider, has a 60mm shorter wheelbase. With those differences in measurements, you can understand why the proportions look so much different to the standard Mercedes-Benz GLE. And that's before we mention the lower roof and the coupe-like rear end.
It comes with the now-obligatory twin 12.3-inch screens (that replace the traditional instruments) and a raised centre console with integral grab handles straight from the GLE. You get much sportier looking seats and steering wheel, though – and a fully-online experience combining 'Hey Mercedes' control for its infotainment system, and Amazon music streaming built in.
It might look like a whacking great coupe on stilts, but the this GLE has plenty of room inside, says Mercedes-Benz. There's more boot room than before (just 5 litres seats up) with more than 70 litres additional space with all the seats down. The boot opening is larger than before, and thanks to its air suspension lowering at the touch of a button, it should be far easier to load.
It's a better drive, says Mercedes
We like the way the GLE drives, and as Mercedes-Benz comes with a more dynamically-honed suite of drive modes, it should appeal to those who like a more sporting steer. All UK cars come on air suspension, and are fitted with the GLE's 48V E-Active Body Control system. This semi-active suspension set-up comes features the capability to individually control spring and damper forces at each wheel.
There aren't too many details available at the moment, but we do know that the GLE Coupe wlll be available with two versions of the company's excellent 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, driving an all-wheel drive system as standard. The entry-level GLE 350 d model develops 272hp, which is more than enough to keep you amused. The top GLE 400 d Coupe makes 330hp while averaging a claimed 37.6mpg (WLTP).
Full pricing and ordering details will follow later in the year.