A prototype of Mercedes’ new-generation GLE Coupe has been spotted testing two times in a few days. It means that the German car manufacturer has a plan to change the awkward-looking model with the new one, which will feature a completely new platform, engines, and automaker’s latest technologies. Still, regardless of the fact we saw the crossover testing twice in a short time, we think that the second-generation model won’t be introduced this year. No, because the regular GLE SUV has to arrive later this year. As for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, it’s going to make its debut sometime in 2019, most likely next spring.
Exterior and Interior Improvements
Styling-wise, the second-generation GLE Coupe will definitely receive an evolutionary redesign. Meaning, it’s going to keep its distinctive shape; while there will be plenty of new details, especially in the ends. In addition, the coupe-SUV will also slightly grow in both length and width. On the other hand, the weight appears to be reduced just a little bit. Up front, the crossover keeps long nose, yet a totally different grille and headlights, as well as a completely redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes. In the rear, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe gets a new hatch with some sort of wing. The taillights appear to be borrowed from the new-gen GLE, while the exhaust system hosts a pair of rectangular tips.
The spy shots don’t indicate what’s going to happen with the interior of the next-gen GLE Coupe. However, the extra inches between wheels promise more room inside. Plus, the cabin will definitely receive a wide digital display which will be in charge for both instrument and infotainment duties.
Engines and Transmission
Mercedes’ amazing coupe-SUV will mostly stick to the inline-6 units. Most of them will have a 3-liter displacement but the output will vary from around 300 up to 430 hp. In contrast to today’s units which rely on fuel only, the new GLE Coupe will use powertrains that are supported by EQ Boost function. The feature will reportedly add around 21 hp and 184 lb-ft to every available engine. The awesome SUV will not skip the chance to try Mercedes’ new in-line six-cylinder engine that made the debut under the hood of the latest CLS 450. The mighty mill delivers 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twist by itself, plus it adds the power of the aforementioned system.
The most potent 6-cylinder unit will be available under the hood of the entry AMG model. This so-called GLE 53 will use a 3.0-liter inline 6 turbo which will be rated at 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of grunt. The topping AMG model will dump the current 5.5-liter engine. The mighty mill will be replaced by a 4.0-liter V8 that delivers 563 hp and 553 lb-ft in base trim, while the ‘S’-treated option should be able to develop 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The carmaker will offer one diesel-powered new-gen GLE Coupe which will reportedly be limited to 340 horsepower. No matter which unit the potential buyer choose it will get a standard all-wheel-drive system and 9-speed automatic transmission.