Mercedes-Benz has launched the GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe in India for Rs 1.20 crore (ex-showroom, India). Now that’s one long name, but this coupe-SUV also has a long list of characteristics. In comparison to its predecessor, this too gets the same basics with a stylish design, a potent V6 and plenty of tech and luxury on offer.
The design is the biggest highlight of the GLE 53. You do see the resemblance with the standard GLE, especially at the front, but everything apart from that is unique to the coupe.
The profile is where you notice the most significant difference which of course is the sloping roofline. It gives the GLE that typical coupe shape without making it look disproportionate. The 21-inch AMG wheels too look the part and fit in well with the overall theme.
At the rear, you have elongated wrap-around taillamps that add to its bling and style quotient and AMG sports exhaust that looks and sounds sporty.
Powering the GLE 53 is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that makes 429bhp and 520Nm of torque, and powers all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Performance too is swift with a 0-100kph time of 5.3secs, and the GLE Coupe also gets a 48V battery that Mercedes calls the EQ Boost which can give it an additional boost of 21bhp and 250Nm under acceleration. Top speed is limited to 250kph. You also get Active Ride Control system which helps it corner with more stability and offers a plush ride.
Features are in abundance. Despite it being a performance-oriented SUV, there has been no compromise on luxury.
The cabin is wrapped in Nappa leather, and the seats are ventilated, it has a 12.3-inch touchscreen with the latest MBUX infotainment and also a host of modes. There is plenty of safety kit as well with 9 airbags, and ABS with EBD, ESC, 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors and a lot more.
You can choose between eight paint shades from Brilliant Blue, Cavansite Blue, Hyacinth Red, Emerald Green, Mojave Silver, Obsidian Black, Polar White and Selenite Grey.
The GLE 53 will go against the BMW X6, Audi Q8 and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe.