2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Powertrains Detailed
Standard GLE400 and GLE350 d models join the AMG Sport GLE450.
Mercedes-Benz revealed its bizarre-looking new GLE Coupe crossover earlier this week, but only showed this new model in its AMG Sport GLE450 4Matic trim. We now have information and photos of two other 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe models, the GLE400 4Matic and the GLE350 d 4Matic.
The gasoline-powered GLE400 Coupe is a sure bet to come to the U.S., and uses the same twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine as the GLE450 AMG model, but with a bit less power. In the standard GLE400, this engine makes 333 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, and also mates with the new nine-speed automatic transmission and the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. This engine is also shared with numerous other Mercedes-Benz models, including the C400, E400, ML400, and SL400.
The GLE350 d 4Matic Coupe is a diesel-powered version that is less likely to be sold on our shores. Its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 makes 258 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque and also comes standard with the nine-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. The lowercase "d" is how Mercedes-Benz will be designating diesels from now on, whereas hybrid models receive an "h" and electric models will have an "e" badge.
These two standard 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe models do without many of the sporty AMG styling elements of the GLE450 like its larger wheels and body kit. Though some of the awkward proportions of this crossover coupe remain, the standard model does have a much cleaner appearance overall. We also expect the GLE Coupe range to include a full GLE63 AMG model in the near future.
Look for more information about the U.S.-sped 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe when this new model officially debuts at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January.