As compelling as the $40k Mercedes-Benz GLC is, some buyers simply need more room. Fortunately, Mercedes has bigger vehicles that match the style, luxury and comfort of the GLC—but you’re going to have to pay a premium. Next up the line is the GLE, which is new for 2016.
The vehicle serves as the replacement for the popular M-Class although the two share most of their internals and even some body panels. Unlike the previous M-Class, the GLE can be ordered as either a regular SUV or as a ‘coupe-like’ SUV. For the latter, both the ride height and roofline have been lowered to create a more dynamic appearance.
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Hopping behind the wheel of the 2016 GLE will set you back a minimum $52,025. This is for a base GLE350 model, which comes with rear-wheel drive and a V-6 engine good for 302 horsepower. Adding 4Matic all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option. All other GLE variants come standard with all-wheel drive. They include a GLE300d ($53,425), GLE400 ($65,525), GLE63 ($100,875) and a GLE63 S ($108,025). The latter packs a beefy V-8 with 577 hp on tap.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (Euro Spec)
Starting next month, Mercedes will also offer a GLE550e plug-in hybrid in certain states. Pricing for this model will be announced at a later date. For more on this vehicle, see the first drive report on Green Car Reports.
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If you prefer the GLE Coupe, your options are limited to just two variants. The entry-level version is a GLE450 AMG Coupe with a 362-hp V-6. This is one the new AMG sport models, meaning it’s not quite a dedicated performance model though it should still prove quick for most. It will set you back $66,025. Your alternative is the GLE63 S Coupe from Mercedes-AMG. This model packs the same 577-hp V-8 fitted to the regular GLE63 S, and can be yours for $109,300.
Note, all prices mentioned include Mercedes’ standard $925 destination charge.