Mercedes Benz Redefines The ‘Coupé’ With The 2016 GLE 450 AMG Sport Coupé 4MATIC
Updated March 24, 2015
Mercedes-Benz’ Sport Coupé SUV cross-breed:
Mercedes boldly unveiled their new crossover at the Detroit Auto Show and they’ve called it the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Sport Coupé 4MATIC. Other than having an extremely lengthy name, Mercedes is redefining the word ‘Coupé’ by sticking it on an SUV. Mercedes had this to say about it:
‘Despite the similarity to an SUV with its raised seating position and the expansive all-round view, the occupants are led to believe that they are in sports rather than an off-road mode.’
So is it actually an SUV? Well the only real difference in the looks is the sloping roof, which is quite similar to the 2015 BMW X6, and makes Mercedes confident enough in classing it as a 4-door Coupé. Other features include a single-wing grille with full-LED headlights and a large air intake. It also has prominent arches that can house 20-22 inch wheels.
It puts the driver in control:
As with most sports cars, the Mercedes GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupé comes with a selection of settings with the ‘Dynamic Select.’ It includes a Sport, Sport +, Comfort, Slippery and a custom setting to optimize the drive on any surface. It not only changes the powertrain and suspension, but also allows you to change pretty much anything from the information on the display to the engine and exhaust sounds. The tech doesn’t stop there either. There’s a mountain of features to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible with the ADS + system, Sports Direct-Steer (with a ratio of 17.4:1) and an active roll stabilization with the Active Curve System making it one of the safest sport coupés out there.
What’s under the hood?
The GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupé boasts an impressive twin turbo 5.5-litre V8 AMG engine as the name suggests that can blast a whopping 363 horsepower and 384 lb-ft (1,400 RPM) of torque mixed with a 9-speed automatic gearbox and full-wheel drive with 60% of the power in the rear wheels. It can push from 0 to 60 in only 4.2 seconds, that’s only 1.3 seconds behind the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale, which definitely puts this SUV in the Sport section with enough room for luggage and the kids.
So how much will this hybrid beast set you back? Well Mercedes has yet to disclose that information, but coming from a first class manufacturer don’t expect it to be cheap. If its competition is anything to go by, we expect it to be around the same mark as the 2015 BMW X6 that starts at $59,600. It will be in the showrooms come autumn this year. There is no doubt that it is an SUV packaged as a coupé but that makes it one of the sturdiest and most reliable coupés. It has an array of extras with safety features such as Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Assist makes it not only one of the safest vehicles but also an extremely comfortable ride. If you have the money, you would be silly not to invest in one of these!
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