A pre-production example of the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe has been filmed on the road for the very first time ahead of the car’s world debut at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show 2015.
Set to rival the BMW X6, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe’s design is heavily inspired by the Concept Coupe unveiled earlier in the year. With this in mind, the car features a flowing roofline which stretches back to a steeply raked rear window and a relatively high tailgate. As for the initial 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe which is the first model from the new AMG Sport line, it is adorned with a new AMG bodykit complete with 21-inch wheels. Other models in the GLE Coupe lineup will be available with 20-inch and 22-inch wheels.
Beyond the styling, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine delivering a total of 367 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Other variants previewed thus far are the Mercedes-Benz GLE350d 4Matic with 258 hp and 457 lb-ft and the GLE400 4Matic with the same twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 as the GLE450 AMG Coupe but instead pumping out 333 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe features the dynamic select variable control system which provides five different driving modes for the nine-speed transmission. They are Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport+. Individual mode enables the driver to create their own personal driving preferences, Comfort provides feel-good parametres to provide effortless cruising while Slippery optimises handling on surfaces with low friction such as snow or ice. Finally, Sport and Sport+ provide sporting characteristics for the SUV.