Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4Matic Coupe Review
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Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
20 Feb 2016
 

Introduction

In case you think that Mercedes-Benz has decided to make yet another SUV (GLA, GLC, GLE – what else?), this is really just a new name for the M-Class ML range that we test less than a year ago.

To uncomplicate the lives of the rich and powerful, Mercedes has decided that it would call all its cars the same thing – that is, the whole line up’s naming revolves around the familiar A, C, E and S Classes. And because most are already intimate with this naming, the strategy would appear to have aces in spades.

So what we have here is essentially the facelift of the ML series, and more. The ML has become the GLE and because a certain Bavarian manufacturer has had a storming success chopping the roofline off at the back of its largest SUV Mercedes-Benz has decided it would like some of that pie too.

Enter the GLE Coupe, essentially if you don’t know what it is, think BMW X6 and you’ll understand perfectly.

Only what we have here is yet another first for Mercedes: it’s the first of the AMG sports models, which essentially is a halfway house between the full-on monster that is and AMG car and a regular Benz. Again if you don’t get it, think BMW M performance X6 M50d and you’ll see it right away.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2996cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Power 328bhp @ 5250rpm
Torque 480Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 154 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 247 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.9 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.300

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7G-Tronic Plus
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4819 x 2141 x 1796) mm
Wheelbase 2915 mm
Turning Circle 11.8 metres
Kerb Weight 2130 kg
Boot Capacity 690 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 2010 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 93 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs