2020 Mercedes GLE-Class will likely sprout 'coupe' variant
Mercedes-Benz Cars chairman Dieter Zetsche calls the prospect of a new GLE Coupe a "promising speculation."
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German automakers sure love their crossover coupes (even though they aren't coupes at all), with
bringing more and more of these swoopy-SUVs to market in recent years. So as Mercedes-Benz launches the brand-new 2020 GLE-Class, we have to ask: Will a
Coupe model follow?
"That probably is a promising speculation," Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, told Roadshow in an interview Tuesday at the 2018
Paris Motor Show
. It's unclear exactly when the GLE Coupe will show up, but yeah, pretty safe to say one is coming.
The new GLE-Class arrives in the US next spring. The GLE350 will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine with 255 horsepower, while the GLE450 uses Mercedes' 362-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 wit EQ Boost mild-hybrid assist. AMG variants, of course, will follow.
The current GLE Coupe is only available in AMG GLE43 and AMG GLE63 S guises, so it's unclear if Mercedes will offer the next-generation model in non-AMG forms. The base 2.0-liter model might not see life as a GLE Coupe, but an EQ Boost GLE450 Coupe is probably a safe bet.