Mercedes GLE Coupe specs revealed

Want the newest, biggest, baddest upmarket SUV, with the sleek roofline of a sports car? Welcome to the second-generation Mercedes GLE Coupe

James Wilson
Jan 22, 2020

Mercedes has unveiled its next-generation GLE Coupe. From launch, Mercedes will offer a choice of a single diesel or petrol option, the GLE 400d or Mercedes-AMG GLE 53, while a plug-in hybrid GLE Coupe is expected to follow in the future. Sales have commenced, with prices starting at £72,530 and first deliveries expected during the spring 2020.

Mercedes’ new GLE Coupe is not alone in the market as BMW has long been a seller of SUV-coupes with its X4 and X6 models being relatively common sights on UK roads. Other manufacturers are getting in on the act as well, one such example is Audi, which recently entered the fray with its Q8.

The thing is, the Mercedes GLE Coupe is, like all its rivals, a bit of mystery. On paper, they shouldn’t sell – costing and weighing far more than a non-SUV equivalent with slightly awkward looks and reduced practicality over the standard SUVs they are based upon. However, as SUVs are currently hot property, they do sell. If you want to be seen in a desirable car but don’t want to drive a large mainstream SUV, an SUV-coupe, such as the GLE Coupe, is an easy way to stand out.

Desirability is therefore key to an SUV-coupe’s success and it is something Mercedes has tried to give the 2020 GLE Coupe in spades. If its imposing styling isn’t enough for buyers, Mercedes will be hoping the bags of equipment available and impressive performance will be.

Read on for full details on specs, equipment, economy and much more.

 

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe models and prices

As mentioned above, the latest generation Mercedes GLE Coupe is expected to arrive in UK showrooms during Spring 2020. Prices start at £72,530 for 400d models while the even more extravagant AMG GLE 53 variants are set to start from £80,615.

The diesel 400d model will be available in AMG Line Premium Plus spec which includes a host of technology including Airmatic air suspension, two 12.3-inch digital displays, a Burmester surround sound system, 22-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof along with a range of additional interior and safety tech you can read about below.

The AMG Premium Plus level GLE 53 will feature all of that plus AMG Active Ride Control, AMG steering wheel controls and AMG Track Pace.

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe engine range, economy, emissions and performance

From launch, there are two engines on offer with the Mercedes GLE Coupe. A 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel and a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol.

Starting with the non-AMG model Mercedes is offering a single specification, the 400d – which comes with 4MATIC four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox.

The 400d packs a hefty 330hp and 700Nm of torque. Despite that pretty astonishing performance, Mercedes claims it will still manage up to 38.7mpg combined, while CO2 emissions are coming in at 193g/km. A 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds is pretty rapid, while top speed is limited to 149mph.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 engine, economy, emissions and performance

At launch, the only petrol option for GLE Coupe buyers is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine as fitted to the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 producing 435hp and 520Nm of torque. On top of those figures, Mercedes includes a 48-volt starter motor/generator which can provide an extra 22hp and 250Nm of torque for additional performance.

This entire system translates to a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Mercedes quotes 30.4mpg and 212g/km for economy and CO2 emission figures. While details are thin on the ground for the plug-in hybrid GLE Coupe, Mercedes has confirmed that preparations are underway.

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe technology and equipment

Much like the rest of Mercedes’ range, the 2020 GLE Coupe comes packed with technology and equipment. As a starter for 10, the GLE Coupe can be specified with air suspension and active body control. This system individually controls the suspension at each wheel so that the lumps and bumps of a road surface can be dealt with without impacting those in the cabin.

Complementing the suspension tech is a number of driving modes. They are as follows: slippery, comfort, sport, sport+, individual, trail and sand – each of which is tailored to a specific set of driving conditions.

On top of clever suspension, Mercedes includes a collection of driver convenience technology. One of which is adaptive cruise control, which is capable of adjusting your speed depending on the route and driving in stop/start traffic automatically, providing traffic doesn’t stop for more than one minute. There is also a range of safety technology available, too, including the likes of automatic emergency braking.

Inside the GLE Coupe, you will find the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (or MBUX) multimedia system. MBUX consists of two large digital displays spanning in front of the driver (one which replaces traditional dials and another which serves as the GLE Coupe’s central media and sat-nav unit).

To make sure you have suitable tunes to accompany your impressive car media unit, during 2020 Mercedes-Benz will be integrating Amazon Music into its cars, allowing motorists to stream music from their Amazon account while on the move.

Finally, Mercedes includes sports seats trimmed in Artico man-made leather and a nappa leather-clad steering wheel as standard with the GLE Coupe. If you like a well-lit cabin, there is also the option of a sliding glass roof panel.

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe exterior

To make sure the GLE Coupe doesn’t go unnoticed, Mercedes has given it imposing styling (including a bulging bonnet), raking rear roofline and large alloy wheels. The differences between non-AMG and AMG models are subtle. Most obvious of which are the front grilles, alloy wheels (which across the range vary from 19 to 22 inches) and rear bumper, specifically the shape and number of exhaust tips.

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe dimensions, boot space and towing capacity

If you were hoping the GLE Coupe was going to be a small car, prepare to have your dreams dashed. It measures in at 4,939mm long and 2,010mm wide. This translates to a cabin capable of transporting five passengers in comfort and 655 litres of luggage capacity – there is an additional 40 litres of storage space thanks to cubby holes dotted about the car. Just don't expect this large car to be particularly easy to park.

GLE Coupe rear seats fold in three parts, split 40:20:40, which once down boost the cargo area to 1,790 litres and allow objects up to 1,080mm long to be transported with ease. To help when loading large objects into the boot, models equipped with Airmatic air suspension can be lowered by 50mm.

There is also the option of adding a towing package to both GLE Coupe variants for an additional £1,150. This increases towing capacity to 3,500kg and provides additional electronic towing assistance.

2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe review

Even though we are yet to drive the latest Mercedes GLE Coupe, we know what the biggest testing points will be. Chief of which will be how Mercedes’ trick suspension system changes the GLE Coupe’s driving experience and also, how the sloping roofline impacts both cabin and practicality. As ever, keep checking back on BuyaCar for our latest buyers’ guides.

 

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