Until now the BMW was the sole carmaker among the Germans to make an SUV with a coupe like sloping roofline. Mercedes-Benz has now joined the fray and has come up its own version called the GLE coupe.
The GLE is based on the M Class chassis and looks similar to the Concept Coupe SUV unveiled earlier this year. The front end looks get a bold grille and curvy headlights quite similar to the new MFA platform-based Mercedes cars.
Dimensionally the GLE coupé measures 4,900mm in length, 2,003mm in width and is 1,731mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,915mm. In comparison, the X6 is 4909mm long, 1989mm wide and 1702mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2933mm.
Inside the cabin the GLE Coupe gets an infotainment display, new design AC vents not seen on many Mercedes cars, Nappa leather and wood, sports steering wheel and seats, also the interior gets garnished with generous dose of aluminium accents.
The GLE Coupe will be available with a 3.0-litre biturbo engine producing 362bhp and 520Nm of torque. A 9G-Tronic automatic transmission will be mated to this engine and power will be sent to all four wheels via the 4MATIC AWD system. There will also be a diesel variant that will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel churning out 254bhp and 620Nm of torque.
We can expect Mercedes to introduce this car by late 2015 or early 2016 in India.