What is it?
From the outset of UK sales of the bold SUV, a new sporting GLE53 Coupé model sits alongside the standard GLE350d and GLE400d diesels and diesel-electric GLE350de in a four-strong initial line-up.
GLE53 Coupé offers a powerful and responsive lightweight hybrid powertrain. Mercedes gives this car a nine-speed automatic transmission. Along with that is the new 4Matic + four-wheel drive system that has a completely dynamic split of the drive between the front and rear wheels.
The GLE53 Coupé is distinguished from its standard sibling by a range of typical AMG design elements. Decoration for the car is the Panamericana grille, powerdomes on the bonnet, re-styled bumpers, a prominent diffuser, chromed tailpipes. 20 inch wheels are standard and the alternatives are 21 inch and 22 inch.
Inside, the AMG design element is featured with a multifunction steering wheel and a rotating dial that changes the driving modes. There are also stainless steel pedals and sills as well as carbon fibre trim details.
Generous adjustment of the driver’s seat and steering wheel allows you to strike a suitable compromise. Although the GLE’s elevated driving position is not exactly sporting in character. The front seats are wide and comfortable, but the rear seats lack support and contour.
The GLE53 Coupé is based around a new platform. It uses a 62mm shorter wheelbase than the GLE53 SUV, though its wheelbase is 19mm longer than that of the GLE43 Coupé. Additionally, its front and rear track are increased by 53mm at the front and 92mm at the rear to measure 1681mm and 1720mm respectively – all of which gives it a considerably larger footprint than the model it replaces.
The GLE53 is the latest model to receive Mercedes-Benz’ performance car division’s mild hybrid drivetrain. The car employs a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine developing 429bhp and 384lb ft; in combination with an integrated starter motor capable of providing an additional 21bhp and 184lb ft for brief periods of loaded acceleration.
The 48-volt electric system that’s used to run the integrated starter motor also operates a small electric compressor. This is used to boost induction before the twin-scroll turbocharger of the combustion engine has reached its peak operating pressure.
What’s it like?
The performance of the new AMG model is defined by the strong reserves of torque delivered by both the combustion engine and electric motor. The official 0-62mph time for the GLE53 Coupé is 5.3 seconds. This shows the car has a strong step and the ability to increase significantly well.
The smooth-running drive system gives the GLE53 Coupé superior long-distance qualities. With substantial 275/50 profile tyres as standard front and rear, it does suffer from some annoying high-speed tyre roar on less than smooth road surfaces, but for the most part refinement is exceptional for a large SUV with such a sporting brief.
The car does not have any obstructions that pass through corners at high speed without any dramatic tire. That’s thanks to its new all-wheel drive system that constantly changes the number of drives for the front and rear wheels. Traction in all conditions is exceptional.
Should I buy one?
This is a great car for you. The GLE53 Coupé is impressive, powerful, responsive and has a unique but firm ride control. It is impossible not to mention the luxurious, outstanding interior, decorated with high quality equipment, excellent mechanical refinement and competitive accommodation.
- Price £75,000 (estimated)
- On sale Spring 2020
- Engine 6cyls in-line, 2995cc, turbocharged, petrol
- Power 429bhp at 6100rpm
- Torque 384lb ft at 1800-5800rpm
- Gearbox 9-spd automatic
- Kerb weight 2250kg
- Top speed 155mph (limited) 0-62mph 5.3secFuel economy 30.4mpg CO2 212g/km