The world just can’t seem to get enough of SUVs these days, so it’s no longer sufficient just to offer one body style for each SUV model. German manufacturers in particular has taken to peddling low-roofed, tall-riding coupes, and the latest one is the new-generation GLE Coupe.

In the just unveiled GLE coupe (based on the new generation GLE), Mercedes-Benz now has a total of eight SUV models. Apart from the evergreen G-Wagon, this stylish GLE 53 four-door crossover may be the next most desirable model in Mercedes’ growing portfolio of SUVs, especially if the V8-powered 63 variants prove too rowdy.

As its 53 moniker suggests, the GLE 53 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline-six assisted by a 48V mild hybrid system featuring an EQ Boost starter-generator capable of 22 hp and 250 Nm (maximum bursts when available); the total system output is pegged at 435 hp and 520 Nm.

4MATIC all-wheel drive is standard and the power is transferred to the wheels via a 9-speed AMG Speedshift automatic. All of this translates into a 0-100km/h time of 5.3 seconds along with an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.

Mercedes-Benz claims sharper handling in the GLE 53 coupe as it rides on a 60 mm shorter wheelbase compared to regular GLE. Being an AMG model, the GLE 53 also sits 15 mm lower with sportier tuning to its air suspension and roll stabilisation programme, not to mention beefier brakes and quicker steering.

Of course, both the exterior and interior of the GLE 53 are adorned with lots of AMG goodies, you can easily tell from its angry Panamericana grille upfront and four exhaust ports at the back, if the aggressive AMG body kit doesn’t give the game away in the first place. The press shots of the GLE 53 cabin also shows off a red-accented cabin with a generous helping of carbon fibre panels and a chunking AMG steering wheel. Tasty.    


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