2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe caught testing

Russell Campbell
January 07, 2019

We’ve driven the GLE, now see spy pics of the sporty 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe

  • Spied

    prototype 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe

  • Specs include

    Coupe-SUV styling

  • Price and release date

    From around £65,000, on sale late 2019

With the GLE all but a ‘distant’ memory – okay, so it only launched at the end of last year – our attention now turns to the 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe – the GLE you want if you like your SUVs a little less practical and a little more sporty, although the validity of this last point is definitely up for debate.

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Why? Well, because it’s hard to call an SUV weighing more than two tonnes genuinely sporty. What we can say though – and what is confirmed by these spy pics of the 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe undergoing cold-weather testing – is that it’ll have a sloping roofline and a more prominent rear end than the standard GLE. Other changes are hard to judge thanks to this car’s extremely heavy camouflage, but you can expect the 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe to have a slightly revised grille and more pronounced wheel arches both of which aim to make it look more dynamic than the SUV that it is based upon.

That being said, the 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe won’t be all about revised looks. Under the skin you can expect it to have a stiffer suspension setup and larger alloy wheels than the standard GLE – for more grip and added agility in bends – while its engine range will likely side step four-cylinder units in favour of V6 diesels and a choice of V6 and V8 petrol performance AMG models.

As a result, the 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe will cost more to run than the standard GLE, while the lower roofline means it’ll also be slightly less practical – with rear-seat headroom taking the biggest hit. If that all sounds like a fair trade off, you can expect to see the 2019 Mercedes GLE Coupe in UK showrooms at the end of the year.

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