Like the GLE and the GLS, as a member of the large premium-SUV family the GLE Coupé is being built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
In total Mercedes-Benz now offers eight SUV models in the form of the GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, the G-Class and the new GLB.
SUVs contribute around one third of Mercedes-Benz sales, and to date, more than six million customers around the world have opted for a Mercedes-Benz SUV.
The new GLE Coupé is a stately 4939 mm long and 2010 mm wide (39 mm longer and 7 mm wider than its predecessor).
The wheelbase has grown by 20 mm compared with the predecessor, but remains 60 mm shorter than that of the GLE, which benefits its sporty handling.
LED headlamps, sports seats, ARTICO man-made leather upholstery and a new sports steering wheel with a nappa leather rim are standard, and in the interior, there is the familiar two large screens in the format 12.3 inches/31.2 cm with the latest generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system.
The five-seater SUV offers tangibly more room than the predecessor.
This is because the wheelbase is 60 mm shorter than on the GLE SUV, but 20 mm longer than in the previous coupé, and this extra benefits the occupants' seating and legroom.
The entrance dimension has even been enlarged by 35 mm. The capacity of the stowage spaces in the interior has been increased to a total of 40 litres.
There is a 655-litre boot which can be expanded by folding the rear seats, up to 1790 litres – 70 litres more than in the predecessor and a best in this segment.
There are two six-cylinder in-line turbodiesel engined variants, namely the GLE Coupé 350 d 4MATIC rated at 272hp and 600Nm of torque, and the GLE Coupé 400 d 4MATIC rated at 330hp and 700Nm of torque.
All variants of the new GLE Coupé have a transfer case with an electronically controlled multiplate clutch as standard behind the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
This allows a variable transfer of drive torque from 0-100 percent (torque on demand) between the axles, and together with the shorter wheelbase, it increases the agility of the new GLE Coupé especially during cornering.
As standard the new GLE Coupé is given the steel suspension chassis with sportier and tauter tuning.
There is the optional E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension, which is combined with the AIRMATIC air suspension system.
This is the only system in the market that can individually control spring and damping forces at each wheel.
This means that it not only counteracts body roll, but also pitching and squat. Together with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the curve inclination function CURVE, E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL makes a synthesis of roadholding and comfort possible.
E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL operates with a voltage of 48 V, and is available as an optional extra. On poor road surfaces the system is even able to recuperate energy.
As standard the new GLE Coupé boasts the Active Braking Assist, which can help prevent rear-end collisions and collisions with crossing pedestrians and vehicles.
Additional options include the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with Route-Based Speed Adjustment. If the driver switches it on the GLE Coupé can react to information from Live Traffic, in the ideal scenario even before the driver or the radar and camera sensors can perceive this traffic obstruction. When a traffic tailback is detected, the speed is reduced to 100 km/h as a precaution unless the driver specifically decides otherwise.
When actually driving in a tailback on the motorway, Active Stop-and-Go Assist is then substantially able to perform the tasks of keeping in lane and maintaining the safety distance with a high level of availability at speeds up to around 60 km/h. Moving off can be automatic up to one minute after coming to a stop.
On multi-lane roads, Active Steering Assist is able to support the driver with the emergency corridor function. On motorways, at speeds under 60 km/h the vehicle refers to detected lane markings and applies swarm intelligence to take its bearings from vehicles in the surrounding area. If no such vehicles or markings are detected, the GLE Coupé will take its bearings from the vehicle ahead, as previously.