Mercedes has unveiled a dynamic SUV at the North American International Auto
Show to rival the highly successful BMW X6 M.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "We see great potential in this vehicle segment, which is new to Mercedes-AMG. The GLE63 Coupe is the logical progression of our ambitious growth strategy - after all, in 1999 with the first high-performance SUV ML55 AMG, we established a completely new segment. The new GLE63 Coupe will inspire SUV fans focused on dynamics while at the same time representing a new interpretation of driving performance."
In addition to the GLE63 Coupe variant generating 550 hp (410 kW), there is also a highly sporty S-Model to choose from which is rated at 585 hp (430 kW). Only the latter will be offered on the U.S. market.
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe embodies the established principles of Mercedes-Benz design: sensuousness and clarity. The top-of-the- range V8 model from Affalterbach manages in an emotively appealing way to bring the fascination of motor sport to everyday life with a powerful dominance.
The GLE63 S Coupe is the first SUV from Affalterbach to adopt the characteristic "A-wing" in the front apron. This AMG design philosophy is familiar from many other high-performance vehicles and makes the SUV coupe clearly recognizable. Viewed from the front, the model's sculptural design idiom is also defined by the hood with its two dynamic powerdomes and new radiator grille. As is typical of AMG, it features a twin louver in silver chrome as well as a large, central Mercedes star.
Flared wheel arches in black make for a systematic continuation of the visual dominance along the sides of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe. Behind the wheel cutout, "V8 BITURBO" lettering points to the powerful engine of the GLE63 S Coupe. An even more distinctive look is optionally available from illuminated aluminum-look side running boards with anti-slip rubber studs.
The rear end of the vehicle shows clear similarities with the design of the S-Class Coupe. With its narrow tail lights in a three-dimensional look, broad chrome badge and prominently placed Mercedes star, the 2016 GLE63 S Coupe has a decidedly sporty look.
GLE63 S Coupe's High-Grade Interior
The interior of the 2016 GLE63 S Coupe boasts many exclusive design elements and appointments.
Thanks to their specific upholstery with greater contouring and higher side bolsters at the front, the sports seats offer greater lateral support. Perforated high-grade exclusive nappa leather upholstery and AMG crests in the head restraints lend the interior a special, luxurious note. A special seat upholstery layout with topstitching and metal AMG badges make for an exclusive look and feel, which is further complemented by the 3-spoke Performance steering wheel with Silver aluminum shift paddles that feature "UP" and "DOWN" lettering and a precise pressure point to encourage manual gear changing. The instrument panel on the GLE63 S Coupe is in black nappa leather. The partially integrated central display visualizes the individual DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes with animated graphics. The center console accommodates the COMAND controller with an ergonomically positioned touchpad; on the right is the DYNAMIC SELECT rotary actuator for the various transmission modes. Located above is the M button for the manual transmission mode.
Two large round dials with silver chrome surrounds and the central 4.4-inch multifunction display provide the driver with comprehensive information. The typical AMG equipment package includes sporty dials in carbon-fiber look with a 200 mph speedometer scale and red pointers. The main menu includes a RACETIMER, manual gear indicator and the AMG start-up screen. The instrument cluster has a high-class look with fine red scale graduations around the speedometer and rev counter and a gray decorative band.