For 2016, Mercedes Benz is bringing out some true masterpieces of art. The GLE Coupe is described by the words athletic and purposeful in the brochure. However, they aren’t enough to describe the magnificent broad shoulders, pronounced wheel arch and the overall dynamic stance of the GLE.
The cabin is similar to that in the GLE and the interiors are exquisitely designed in a typical Germanic fashion. The dashboard, seats, arm rests and steering wheel are all adorned with soft leather while the interiors are well-crafted to introduce its occupants to a charming world of luxury. The GLE Coupe has plenty of features which range from safety and entertainment to various kinds of driver aids.
The collision prevention system has been designed to brake in order to prevent a collision autonomously and the occupants are prepared for front, rear and rollover accidents through the Pre-Safe Plus feature. For the people who enjoy audiophile music levels, the Bang & Olufsen sound system should be more than satisfactory.
The Mercedes GLE Coupe has a 5.5 liter turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 557 horsepower at 5,750 RPM and 700 Nm of torque at 5,500 RPM. The GLE 63 easily accelerates to the 100km/h mark in 4.3 seconds with the help of the AMG Speedshift Plus 7 speed transmission and has a top speed of 250km/h.
In essence, the GLE Coupe serves to be a compressed GLE and we wonder whether it deserves to have an independent status. However, it is a clear rival to the BMW X6 and we’ll just have to wait and see whether it manages to defeat the Bavarian in its own grounds.
If you are considering your first G-Class purchase, keep in mind that Mercedes has managed to update it considerably in order to meet modern safety and emission standards in Europe as well as North America. This is something that the Land Rover could not achieve with its Discovery.
However, keep in mind that the off-road abilities haven’t been combined with the on-road performances of an S-Class or a GL-Class. You will notice this when you pull the door handle which is attached to the door and will not budge an inch.
However, you can push the button with your thumb which will remind you of the S-Class door handles of the late 70s or the early 80s. The quality-leather covered seats look quite appropriate for a vehicle that is priced at $120,825. The seats in the 2016 Mercedes Benz G550 cabin lack the comfort of the brand’s other cars and SUVs.
Even before you turn on the power massage, you will notice that they some of the best sumptuous seats in the world. This is a Benz which does not offer such massages. On the performance end, the 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 is quite powerful and smooth and well adapts to the car with 416 horsepower and 450 pound feet.
This is an increase of 34HP and 59lb-ft over the naturally aspirated 5.5liter V8 in the 2015 G550. Performance figures quoted by Mercedes are 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds which is 0.3 seconds quicker than its old engine. The smaller biturbo hauls a load of 5,724 pounds, therefore let’s not talk about race figures right here.
If you are looking for something with a bit more kick, the G63 AMG, with its 563-hp 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 (0-60 in 5.2 seconds) and G65 AMG, with its 6.0-liter turbo V-12 (5.1 seconds) and are available for purchase in 2016. They begin at base prices of $140,825 and $218,825 while the G550 starts at $120,825. Unless you want the performance of a runaway freight train, you shouldn’t need the AMG-wagens from Mercedes.