Do you remember everything we told you about the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV 2021? Well, guess what? You'll hear it all again when Mercedes unveils the GLE 53 coupe (which is still not an actual coupe).
Like the SUV GLE 53, the coupe's performance comes from an improved version of the 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharger that powers the GLE 450. The power is increased to 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A 48-volt mild hybrid system provides short-term boosts of 21 hp and 184 lb power. The whole match is supported by a nine-speed automatic transmission and delivers power to the 4MATIC + all-wheel-drive system from Mercedes.
Everything you just read is the same as the SUV version. The main difference is size and shape: The GLE Coupé runs on a 2.4 inch shorter wheelbase and of course has a swoopier roofline than the SUV. Nevertheless, 0-60 mph is achieved in the same 5.2 seconds as the more upright SUV. The maximum speed, electronically limited to 250 km / h, is also identical.
As in other GLEs, the 48 Volt on-board network of the 53 Coupé lowers the required power and allows Mercedes to be thinner and easier to wire. There are seven drivetrain drivetrains, ranging from Slippery to Sport +, as well as the AMG Dynamic Select system, which adds three additional levels of dynamics optimization via electronic stability control. The Coupé also features the optional AMG Active Ride Control, which extends the Airmatic air suspension of the GLE with active, electrically actuated roll stabilization. Like all other GLEs, the 53 Coupé with the MBUX infotainment system from Mercedes with the Siri-like voice assistant "Hey, Mercedes" is a better-looking, but less useful version of the SUV, but the current version has more headroom than you might expect , The cargo capacity is tight, but the through hatchway probably offers enough space to lower a piano. Granted, it's the powerful GLE 63 Coupe that we're very excited about, but our first experiences with the 429-hp version of the new Straight-Six were favorable; we found it to be a nice middle ground between the just-adequate Turbo-4 in the 350-series cars and the Bonkers twin-turbo V-8 in the '63s.
Mercedes will officially unveil the GLE 53 Coupé this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it will arrive at US dealers in mid-2020.