Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new SUV coupe to rival the successful BMW X6.
The GLE 450 AMG Coupe is the first in a series of new AMG sports models and it's
more a coupe than a SUV. The vehicle's exterior styling borrows the shapes used
on the company's AMG GT model.
In the U.S. market, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe features a biturbo V6 engine that produces 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the standard equipment, the DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic handling control system, the Sports Direct-Steer system and the driver assistance systems typical of the brand, the GLE 450 AMG Coupe comes standard with the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive.
A total of 11 exterior paint finishes are available, of which seven are metallic colors and two are special paint finishes with special-effect pigments in designo diamond white or designo hyacinth red metallic.
GLE 450 AMG Provides Entry to AMG Brand
As the first AMG sports model, the V6 top-of-the-range GLE Coupe enables an attractive entry to the world of the sports car and performance brand.
"The GLE 450 AMG Coupe is our first sports model, and further highly emotional and performance-oriented models will follow in the near future. The new product line from Mercedes-AMG has allowed us to make true sports car technology and the fascination of motorsports more accessible," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The interior is typical for Mercedes and has a high-quality feel, with the featured vehicle showing off quite a lot of carbon-fiber trim.
Highlights include AMG sports seats and the black nappa leather AMG sports steering wheel in 3-spoke design as well as the trim elements in light longitudinal-grain aluminum and the sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs.
Variable Dynamic Control System
The 2016 GLE 450 AMG Coupe and all new AMG sports models will honor the promise of sports performance with a higher output class, standard all-wheel drive and also sophisticated chassis solutions. The variable dynamic control system assigns fundamentally different characteristics to the five transmission modes of INDIVIDUAL, COMFORT, SLIPPERY, SPORT and SPORT+, which the driver is able to select using a rotary control on the center console.
The names speak for themselves: SPORT and SPORT+ turn the GLE 450 AMG Coupe into a sporty, dynamic vehicle with pronounced longitudinal and lateral dynamics. COMFORT is the opposite end of the spectrum. Here the emphasis is on the refined parameters so typical of classic Mercedes-Benz sedans, for relaxed, effortless cruising with the greatest possible energy efficiency. SLIPPERY optimizes the handling on surfaces with low friction coefficients such as snow or ice. In addition, INDIVIDUAL mode enables the driver to program and store personal preferences in the individual control strategies, regardless of the engine variant.
In the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe, DYNAMIC SELECT not only modulates the "hard skills" such as the chassis and suspension, steering or powertrain. It is also possible to experience the selected mode more intensively on an emotional level because various "soft skills" such as the engine sound, instruments or dynamic control of the driving lights also vary. To this end, the nature of the various displays on the COMAND screen and in the cockpit changes according to the selected transmission mode. At the same time, the active light function of the all-LED headlamps respond more spontaneously and the engine produces the whole range of sounds from sporty and dominant to poised and restrained.
Things are very different when SPORT+ mode is selected. The character changes immediately, the gear changes performed by the 9G-TRONIC are acoustically accentuated, especially when downshifting with the double-declutch function, and the cockpit instruments respond faster and more "sharply". The large central display visualizes the longitudinal and lateral acceleration plus the steering angle with a photo-realistic motorsports graphic. The engine sound is powerful and acoustically underscores the sports mode.