The Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe Is Here with 429 Swoopy Horsepower
The tamer of AMG’s two GLE coupe variants will arrive in the U.S. in 2020.
Hey, remember everything we told you about the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 SUV? Well, guess what: You're going to hear it all again as Mercedes reveals the GLE53 Coupe (which still isn't an actual coupe).
As with the GLE53 SUV, the Coupe's power comes from an upgraded version of the 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that powers the GLE450. Output is bumped to 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that provides short-duration boosts of 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. The whole shootin' match is backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission and delivers power to Mercedes' 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system.
Everything you just read is identical to the SUV version. The main difference is size and shape: The GLE Coupe rides on a 2.4-inch shorter wheelbase and, of course, possesses a swoopier roofline than the SUV. Even so, zero to 60 mph is accomplished in the same 5.2 seconds as the more upright SUV. Top speed, electronically limited to 155 mph, is likewise identical.
As in other GLEs, the 53 Coupe's 48-volt electrical system lowers the required current and allows Mercedes to use thinner, lighter wiring. There are seven drive programs for the powertrain, ranging from Slippery to Sport+, as well as the AMG Dynamic Select system which adds three additional layers of dynamism optimization via the electronic stability control. The Coupe will also offer the optional AMG Active Ride Control, which adds active, electrically actuated roll stabilization to the GLE's Airmatic air suspension. As with other GLEs, the 53 Coupe is fitted with Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system with the Siri-like "Hey, Mercedes" voice assistant.
It's tempting to dismiss the Coupe as a better looking but less useful version of the SUV, but the current version has more rear headroom than you might expect. Cargo capacity is tight, but the full-length hatch lid provides enough room to lower in a piano, probably.
Granted, it's the big-power GLE63 Coupe we're really looking forward to, but our early experiences with the 429-hp version of the new straight-six have been favorable; we found it to be a nice middle ground between the just-adequate turbo four in the 350-series cars and the bonkers twin-turbo V-8s in the 63s.
Mercedes will officially unveil the GLE53 AMG Coupe at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, and it will arrive in U.S. dealerships in mid-2020.