Last year, Mercedes-Benz introduced the fourth-generation GLE featuring a more rounded body, smoother lines, and less sculpting in line with the brand's current design language. While the new GLE is certainly more rounded compared to its more angular predecessor, some might still find it bulky and not stylish enough for their needs. For that, Mercedes has now revealed the 2020 GLE Coupe and AMG GLE 53 Coupe.
Styling-wise, the GLE Coupe looks nearly identical to that of the standard GLE apart from the sloping roofline. Upfront, it now comes with more rounded headlights, a large grill, and a massive front air duct. The most significant changes can be found at the rear. Simply put, it seems as though Mercedes just chopped off the GLE's tail, and slapped on new set of taillights, hatch, and bumper. The same goes for the AMG GLE 53 Coupe design, the only difference being its lower ride height.
Inside, the cabin has simply been carried over from the GLE with the dashboard, seats, and digital displays all the same. However, if you choose the GLE Coupe, you do get lower headroom in the rear cabin as well as a smaller trunk space due to the sloping roofline. Multiple safety and driver assistance features are available as options.
While the changes may appear to be only skin deep, there are some major proportional changes as well. Mercedes says the new GLE Coupe measures in at 4,939mm long and 2,010mm wide which is 39mm longer and 7mm wider than its predecessor. The wheelbase has also grown by 20mm compared to its predecessor but is still 60mm shorter than the standard GLE.
Under the hood, Mercedes-Benz offers the GLE Coupe with the same powertrain option – a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with a mild-hybrid system. The engine can produce either 272 HP with 600 Nm torque in the 350 d variant, and 330 HP with 700 Nm torque in the 400 d variant. There's no changes to the AMG 53 variant as well. It continues to use the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six that produces 435 horsepower and 520 Nm torque mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.