Mercedes-Benz is bridging the gap between its standard and AMG products with the new AMG Sport product line on display at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
The GLE450 AMG Coupe is the first of the new AMG Sport line that offers higher performance potential than the normal GLE while relying on a re-tuned version of the 3.0-liter turbo V6 powering the more mundane model it sits above. The engine makes 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque sent through a new nine-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It makes the 0-60 sprint in 4.9 seconds, which is only 0.7 seconds behind the V8-powered GLE63 S.
Some of the enhanced components that model gets also trickle down to this one including the adaptive sport suspension with variably stiff dampers and five different drive modes including a customizable “individual” setting. Those modes affect suspension stiffness, shift timing, throttle response and the information on display in the gauge cluster.
Additionally, Mercedes gives the GLE 450 AMG Coupe design elements that lend it a more aggressive look along with AMG badges and 21-inch wheels in the standard equipment package with the provision for 22-inch wheels as well.
The GLE is Mercedes’ answer to the BMW X6 with a coupe style body that serves as a more heavily styled alternative to the GLE (formerly called the M-Class).
Mercedes offers a variety of interior and exterior cosmetic touches including a black grille and a selection of trims for the cabin that range from plain black to wood or aluminum.
Pricing for the new coupe-styled crossover wasn’t released today, but Mercedes plans to begin delivering the GLE 450 AMG Sport late in the summer season.