Mercedes will launch the new GLE in Coupe guise this year. The first prototypes are currently being tested still heavily disguised, but a reader of Carscoops.com managed to catch a lightly veiled car in Alabama.
Compared to the all-new GLE (W167), the coupe is largely identical from the B-pillar forward. It is based on the MRA platform of the new E-Class and will thus reduce the weight in comparison to its predecessor by a few kilograms.
In terms of appearance, the SUV coupe (internal code C292) gets new aprons and sills, as well as a revised grill that is wider and lower. This makes the model more dynamic. The exuberant spoilers, the large wheels behind which extra powerful braking system is hidden and the large exhaust pipes at the bottom of the rear bumpers betray that what we have here is indeed the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe.
Under the hood, as with the GLE 63, there is not a 5.5 liter V8 anymore, but a 4.0-liter V8. That block has already been applied in various power versions by Mercedes-Benz and its AMG partners. We bet on a specimen that is at least as strong as its 612 hp version, which Mercedes-Benz applies in the E 63. The outgoing GLE 63 massages 558 hp from its 5.5-liter V8 and the 63 S variant even kicks it up to 585 hp.