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Spotlight

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:22

A new interpretation of the time-honored, traditional coupe has surfaced. Mercedes-Benz hopes to increase its loyal following by attracting new generations with the latest GLE Coupe. With its experimental aesthetics, this is a vehicle that answers their call, without detracting from the brand’s expectedly outstanding driving performance. The new GLE Coupe is encased in a sturdy yet stylish shell, which maximizes handling and performance. Muscular curves frame the front grille and smooth into a dramatically minimalist rear, while large wheel arches and a high belt line mount standard 21-inch wheels (or optional 22-inch wheels) with 4MATIC permanent allwheel drive. A sophisticated interior fitted with an intuitive head unit that brandishes an 8-inch screen is resonant of Mercedes-Benz’s renowned character. The inclusion of sports seats, a 3-spoke steering wheel, and piano lacquer as an optional touch highlight the understated elegance that this machine exudes. Simultaneously, its brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, alongside the AMG carbon-fiber trim and light aluminum trim elements callback to the agile coupe style. The central console also includes a DVD player and rear seat entertainment system with remote control, with the option of a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound or a Harman Kardan system for the audiophiles. The GLE also boasts a standard AIRMATIC package that includes air suspension with variable Adaptive Damping Systems (ADS Plus), level control, and automatic lowering function at higher speeds, promising a velvety ride, even in when seated on the rear seat bench, which is the widest in its class.

For the racing driver in you, the GLE Coupe is equipped with a biturbo V6 engine with 362hp and 520Nm of torque, which can be fully accessed by the driver within the enticing sport setting, reached via the DYNAMIC SELECT multimode drive program. This includes five settings that allow for the complete personalization of the engine, including the option to adjust steering and efficiency levels according to the driver’s preference, as well as for adapting to any changes in terrain. These settings are namely Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport+, managed via a rotary control on the center console. The 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission permits the adjustment of handling control, offering agility at high speeds, as well as responsiveness or cruising serenity. Collision Prevention Assist with braking support protects the precious exterior as well as the passengers, but further safety equipment upgrades are also available if required. The combination of a sporty coupe character with a robust SUV represents the best of both worlds, particularly for those in search of a vehicle that evokes a self-assured presence without losing the excitement and agility of a sports model.