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Mercedes-Benz presents the GLE Coupe SUV (pictures)

Mercedes-Benz released photos of its newest model, a coupe version of the GLE SUV (formerly the M-class), which copies the style of BMW's X6 model.

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Mercedes-Benz announced a model name shake-up earlier this year, changing the M-class name to GLE. Now, Mercedes-Benz shows off a new variant in the GLE lineup, which uses a coupe-style body.

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This model will be sold in the US as the GLE 450 AMG 4Matic Coupe, meaning it will come with all-wheel drive and a drivetrain tuned by Mercedes-Benz's AMG performance division.

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The GLE 450 AMG 4Matic Coupe makes use of a 3-liter V-6 engine, employing twin turbochargers to produce 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

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The standard GLE model uses a traditional SUV body style, while the GLE Coupe gets a fastback, which will affect cargo area.

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Handling systems include all-wheel drive with a 40:60 default torque split, and an adaptive air suspension with what Mercedes-Benz calls Active Curve Assist.

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The GLE Coupe makes use of Mercedes-Benz's Sports Direct Steer system, which  allows a small steering wheel.

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The center 8-inch LCD in this photo shows performance gauges. Optional features in the GLE Coupe will be Mercedes-Benz's roster of driver assistance features, which include adaptive cruise control and the ability to self-steer at slow speeds.

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The console carries a drive mode dial, offering Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.

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