Mercedes’ coupe version of the astonishing GLE SUV has been spied testing once again. This time, the automaker decided to check out show abilities of the model that will make its official debut this spring at 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The cold-winter testing probably revealed the manufacturer what else needs to be done before the arrival of the production model. On the other hand, for us, the “winter dance” of 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe means practically nothing, because we’ve spied a dozen camouflaged prototypes so far.
Styling-wise, the second generation GLE Coupe will definitely feature a little bit sleeker exterior design. In addition to the extra athletics, the coupe-like SUV will get a more dramatic face, with some extra curves, sharper headlights, and sporty grille. The automaker made some visual changes in the back as well, so the 2020 GLE Coupe hosts a set of completely new taillights and a higher load lip. Also, there will be no D-pillar glass anymore.
Inside, the redesigned coupe-SUV will get pretty much the same treatment as the regular GLE. It means that the cabin is going to get a split-screen design for the dash. The car will replace today’s circular air vents in favor of a rectangular shape. A new center console will most definitely be occupied by a smartphone-like screen which will control the new MBUX infotainment.
The carmaker will move the 2020 GLE Coupe to the MHA architecture. The platform will not only cut some weights form the SUV, but will also enable new technologies beneath the hood. The entry-level model will exploit a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that’s paired with a mild-hybrid aid delivering 362 horsepower in total. Mercedes will introduce a plug-in hybrid powertrain at some point, while potential buyers can also expect two AMGs. More precisely, the performance department will introduce a 429-hp GLE53 Coupe and a topping a GLE63 Coupe which will come fitted with a 600-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. All units will be coupled with a 9-speed auto gearbox and all-wheel-drive.
Since it’s going to be introduced this year in Geneva it’s safe to assume that the 2020 Mercedes GLE Coupe is going to become available this fall.