Mercedes-Benz is expanding the redesigned GLE Class family. The German automaker has revealed the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, which morphs the 2020 GLE’s design with a more coupe-like appearance that Mercedes says is sleeker and more stylish than the previous GLE Coupe.
While Mercedes will offer both regular and AMG variants of the GLE Coupe, only the AMG GLE53 Coupe has been confirmed to hit the market in the U.S. in mid-2020 as a 2021 model. Globally the GLE Coupe will go on sale next spring.
For this version of the GLE Coupe Mercedes designers appear to have taken more of a clean-slate approach than the first-generation car. The overall shape is more coupe-like than its predecessor; so much so Mercedes says the GLE Coupe has a nine-percent reduction in drag. The coupe-like roofline slides back to a rear design that looks intentional, versus the afterthought appearance of today’s GLE Coupe.
Like the first-generation, the GLE Coupe is shorter than the regular GLE. That said, this version is .8-inches longer than the outgoing version, which means the coupe has gained some marginal interior space with the redesign. The overall interior design is nearly a carbon copy of the regular GLE, which is certainly not a bad thing to have in common.
Expect the GLE’s powertrains to eventually flow over to the GLE Coupe, but for now Mercedes has confirmed only the AMG GLE53 powertrain, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. This engine will hammer out 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque that will flow through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The European market will offer two diesel engines as well.
All GLE Coupes will feature all-wheel-drive with a standard conventional suspension setup and optional air suspension, similar to the regular GLE Class.
For the U.S. market, the GLE Coupe will be produced alongside the normal GLE Class at Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama assembly plant.