Bangkok 2015: Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe debuts in ASEAN

Bangkok 2015: Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe debuts in ASEAN image

Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted March 25, 2015 13:12

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is first SUV to debut with new nomenclature

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, which recently premiered at the Detroit Motor Show makes its first appearance in the ASEAN region at the 36th Bangkok International Motor Show.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe side view

The GLE Coupe is one of many models as part of the German automaker’s model name overhaul; the new GLE badge replaces the ML. It is expected to go against the BMW’s X6, which the Munich based automaker labels as a "sports activity coupe."

On the outside, the GLE Coupe features a dynamic and agile styling which represents the Mercedes-Benz’s new design language. Introduced for the Thai market as the GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupe, it features the AMG styling package which features a mesh radiator grill with central Mercedes star, intelligent LED headlamps with active lighting and sports accessories such as front and rear aprons. The package is finished off with 22-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke wheels.

The interior features modern luxury and sportiness with a fine selection of premium materials. Infotainment is via the MB Audio 20 with an 8-inch display and intuitive controller and support for Garmin navigation. Ambient lighting gives the driver tree selectable colors according to their mood. The rear seats can be folded down in 1/3 or 2/3 split to increase load capacity.

Under the hood is a 3-liter bi-turbo V6 rated at 367 PS and 520 Nm mated with 9G-Tronic transmission and a 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe rear

The dynamic select handling control system features 5 drive modes: normal, comfort, slippery, sport and sport+ for different conditions and preferences. Airmatic air suspension is also standard with adaptive damping system (ADS) for different road conditions with a sensor-based anti-overturn system.