2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Debuts At 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show this week, we saw the covers come off the all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. However, the coupe-like crossover hasn't just debuted in regular trim but also as a GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupe 'AMG Sport' model and as a dedicated Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe model. Here we have the full details and live photos for the regular version.

In the U.S., the regular version will come initially in two variants, a GLE350d 4Matic diesel variant and a GLE400 4Matic gasoline variant. The GLE350d 4Matic is good for 258 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, while the GLE400 4Matic is good for 333 hp and 354 lb-ft.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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4Matic all-wheel drive is standard on all GLE Coupes, though the non-AMG version of 4Matic features an even torque distribution of 50:50 between the front and rear axles (the AMG version has a rear-biased 40:60 setup). The GLE350d 4Matic and GLE400 4Matic also miss out on standard air suspension and instead feature steel suspension as standard, albeit with adjustable dampers. The standard transmission, meanwhile, is Mercedes’ new 9Gtronic nine-speed automatic.

Another difference between the regular GLE Coupes and those developed by Mercedes-AMG is the styling. On the regular GLE Coupes, the front bumper is less aggressive and the diffuser much smaller at the rear. The wheels are also smaller and the metal side steps are now missing. Note, this styling is expected to feature on an updated version of the M-Class that will debut at April's 2015 New York Auto Show as a 2016 GLE.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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Inside the GLE Coupe, the attractive sports seats and steering wheel, plus the infotainment elements familiar from the C-, E- and S-Class models, initially catch your eye. The center console houses the COMAND controller with the touchpad fitted above in an optimum ergonomic position, and the trim options include carbon fiber, wood and synthetic leather.

Owners of the new GLE Coupe also have access to the full suite of electronic driver aids offered by Mercedes. Among the many features are active braking systems, blind spot and cross traffic warning systems, the steering assist semi-autonomous system, parking aids and a 360-degree camera.

The GLE Coupe will eventually reach showrooms later this year.

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