The new 2021 GLE Coupe and its AMG GLE 53, though U.S. buyers will only meet the AMG version in person. As with the previous-generation fastback GLE, Mercedes will only sell the high-performance model in North America.
We put a focus on new AMG GLE 53 variant, as it’s the one you can actually buy. Once again, the formula generally mirrors what we saw on the standard GLE SUV. The AMG-spec Panamericana grille is front and center, with a more aggressive rear fascia flanked by quad exhaust outlets at the rear. Side skirts and a subtle trunk spoiler add a bit more aggression to the base AMG model, and if it looks like it sits a bit lower, it does.
2021 Mercedes GLE Coupe Equipment
Specifically, it sits approximately half an inch lower, but the GLE 53’s AMG Ride Control air suspension can vary the distance depending on settings. Aside from Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual, the Coupe also gets Trail and Sand modes for occasional off-roading. The GLE 53 Coupe’s wheelbase is two inches shorter compared to the SUV variant, and 15.75-inch brake rotors with dual-piston calipers in the front help bring the big crossover to a stop.
2021 Mercedes GLE Coupe Engine
The new Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe will use of the same 429-hp (320 kW) 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 revealed earlier this year in the GLE 53 SUV. It’s a mild hybrid setup, utilizing Mercedes’ EQ Boost starter generator to both power on-board equipment and to supply the wheels with an extra 21 hp (16 kW) for short periods. All four wheels are driven, with shifting duties handled by AMG’s TCT 9-speed automatic.
If we compare with current Mercedes AMG GLE 43 and its 385-hp (287 kW) engine, the new GLE 53 Coupe amps up performance quite a bit. Mercedes tells us the Coupe hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and maxes out at a governor-limited 155 mph. Of course, the new GLE 53 gets the full Mercedes digital makeover inside, including the latest MBUX infotainment setup with AMG-specific displays.
2021 Mercedes GLE Coupe Release date
According information from Mercedes the new 2021 GLE Coupe will hit dealerships early to mid-2020.