The biggest star in the 2015 Detroit Motor Show was the entry-level Mercedes GLE Coupe, which was the three-pointed star brand’s answer against the BMW X6.
The highlight of the new range was the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. As the new nomenclature system of the German automaker implied, the crossover luxury coupe is connected with the new E-Class sedan of the brand.
Despite some traits that the GLE shared with the E-Class core series, it should be noted that Mercedes really did a great job of making its new crossover coupe distinct from its other models, particularly the defunct M-Class.
The vehicle featured an aggressive front fascia bearing a single bar grille, LED headlights, large air intakes, and gloss black flics. Behind it was a quadruple tailpipe exhaust system. Then, it was fitted with 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels sporting a titanium gray finish.
The interior of the crossover did not fail to impress also with its flat-bottomed steering wheel, nappa leather-covered seats, high-end leather-wrapped dashboard, faux carbon dials in its panels, ventilated seats, stainless steel pedals, Harman Kardon sound system, carbon fiber piano trim, and AMG’s signature floormats.
The refreshing design certainly placed the auto one notch higher than its competition, the X6. That’s because its rival from BMW basically pulled a lot of its styling aspects from its predecessor, the X5.
Power and Performance
Opening the hood of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe would reveal a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine, similar to the other recent vehicles of its maker that bore the “63” tag. The hardware provides an output of 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. The power is distributed through an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission and connected to a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
The mentioned configurations enable the GLE 63 S Coupe to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds. Together with the optional AMG Drivers’ Package, its top speed can reach up to 174 mph.
Performance is further improved through the GLE 63 S Coupe’s AMG Ride Control sports suspension, Active Curve System, Sports Direct-Steer system, plus a high-performance braking system.