Every year we see car companies that go toe to toe on the mat. GM, Ford and FCA seem to be in a never ending round robin, Toyota and Nissan duke it out with Honda and Mercedes-Benz and BMW work to fight against each other. the new GLE 450 AMG Coupe is the answer the X6 from BMW and looks to enter the ring against the SUV that has been alone in the market for several years. With this new entry into the market we should really get to know this vehicle and learn what it’s all about. With that in mind here are a few things that make this a great new SUV.
Sound – The AMG Coupe of the GLE 450 offers you a sound that will snap and pop as you use the Sport Plus mode. The engine of this new SUV is tuned to give you a great feeling of excitement when you hear the noises this vehicle will make for you in order to be a great choice for driving. Other motorists will hear you coming before you arrive and certainly will scatter in fear of this powerful sounding engine.
Big Rubber – Instead of dealing with the 17-20 inch wheel range of many of the luxury SUV models Mercedes-Benz chose to start the wheel offering for this SUV at 21-inches. You can move up to the 22-inch size but won’t have to worry about being stuck with under sized wheels on this brawler that is made to be a fantastic SUV to drive. Of course, in direct competition, this is larger than the wheels you can get on the X6, which was part of the intended design of this answer to the model that has roamed alone.
Powerfully Fast- The GLE 450 AMG offers you a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 that makes 362 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. This will allow the SUV to reach sixty mph in only 5.6 seconds. this is quicker than the X6 made the run, which was a time of 5.8 seconds, which should not be a shock since the power of the X6 is only 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. With this power and the fact that the GLE can easily outrun the X6 is there a need to make the GLE63 S Coupe as an answer to the X6 M, let’s take a look and find out.
The GLE 63 S Coupe – Of course we will have a massive GLE63 which will be powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will put out 577 horsepower and be able to make the run to sixty mph in only 3.9 seconds. Even though this is a massive amount of power the real magic of this SUV is what happens at the steering which is perfectly weighted to be enjoyable and communicate the needs of the vehicle to you as you drive. If you want the added excitement, the upgraded and more powerful model is the way to go.
Only AMG to the US – The model we will see here will not have a base model and all will be AMG spec to give us power and precision under the hood. The least expensive model will cost $66,025 which certainly isn’t cheap but the X6 starts at only $3,000 less and shows up with fewer features and certainly less power than this GLE. Even though it costs a bit more the GLE will be well worth the added expense and only offering the AMG model seems like the right choice from Mercedes-Benz.
Sales Expectations – Even though the X6 has not shown itself as a great selling vehicle along the road the GLE might be one that even outsells the C450 AMG in order to be the choice so many will make. The difference between the two is about $15,000 worth of price which makes the decision to drive a coupe car or a coupe SUV a serious consideration to make. The C450 AMG is quick too; able to reach sixty mph in only 4.8 seconds, but the desire to have an SUV and not have a massive increase in price just might entice enough buyers to select the GLE.
Too Pricy – If the GLE 450 AMG Coupe is just more than you can stomach for price there are others to choose from in order to have the right vehicle at the right price. The GLC Coupe is an option that will give you a lower base price and make it easy for you to handle the payments. Yes, the GLC is smaller but you can still enjoy the AMG specs and have a Mercedes-Benz that outperforms the X6 in a variety of ways on and off the road.
Side Bolstered Seats – The seats of this Coupe style SUV offers supportive side bolsters in order to hold you in place as you move around curves and drive on down the road. This is one of the most important parts of this SUV in order to give you a seating that will make the most sense for you to drive and be in the right position with lots of comfort. Some drivers are not fans of the bolsters until they sit inside the vehicle and enjoy the ride from seats that are made to keep you in place no matter how you toss the SUV about.
Color Choices – There are a variety of definitive color choices you can choose from and the suggestion is to choose brighter colors instead of darker ones. This is a vehicle that is made to make a huge impression on other drivers around you and if you choose a color that is darker that impression might be muted. Choose a brighter color that shows off the style and makes others look in amazement and this vehicle will be the right vehicle for you to enjoy the driving and love the color you have chosen for your great driving vehicle.
Options – The options offered for the GLE gives you the ability to add nearly $20,000 to the price of the vehicle and each option offered will make the GLE even better to drive. One option you won’t see is a head up display that certainly is not available on the X6 either. You might not notice this omission when driving because you will be able to have so much fun on and off the road in a new SUV that puts power and precision where it belongs and gives you the controls in order to have a fantastic and fun ride anywhere.