Because the X6 is already out and en route to the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the peeps at Mercedes-Benz feel the pressure to present the GLE Coupe on August 28th. This could very well be the final teaser of the redesigned sports utility vehicle with a coupe-like silhouette, and as you can tell, LED taillamps are in the pipeline for the C293.
That’s the internal code for the newcomer, one up from the C292 that shared the vehicle architecture with the W166 generation of the GLE. Pre-production mules of regular and AMG models have been spied time and again, and based on the evidence, the three-pointed star will roll out the GLE Coupe to dealers as soon as possible.
It’s expected the cabin will share a lot with the GLE, including the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MBUX and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Cloud-based services, Internet connectivity, and high-quality trim are also a given. A nine-speed automatic transmission developed in-house by Mercedes is also expected.
4Matic all-wheel drive combined with four-, six-, and eight-cylinder powerplants is how the GLE Coupe rolls, starting with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel, multiple straight-six options, and the twin-turbo V8 developed by Mercedes-AMG. The 53 series is good for 435 PS (429 horsepower) from 3.0 liters of displacement and the EQ Boost electric system.
“More luxury, more coupe” is how the three-pointed star describes the C293 on social media, and towards the end of the teaser, Mercedes-Benz wants us to “stay tuned” as if the world doesn’t have sufficient luxury SUVs already. Looking at the bigger picture, the X6 continues to be king of the hill while promising better handling as well.
Given the timing of the online unveiling, the GLE Coupe will certainly drop by the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show for its real-world premiere. The 63 series is expected towards the end of 2020 for the 2021 model year at the latest, packing more than 600 horsepower.