Hey, do you remember everything we told you about the 2021 SUV Mercedes-AMG GLE 53? Well, guess what: You'll hear it all over again until Mercedes unveils the GLE 53 Coupe (which isn't really a coupe yet).
As with the SUV GLE 53, the Coupe's power comes from an upgraded version of the straight-six 3.0-liter turbocharger that powers the GLE 450. Performance is capped at up to 429 hp. and 384 lb-ft of torque, with a 48-volt lightweight hybrid system that delivers short-lived 21hp boosts. and 184 lb-ft The entire racing match is backed by nine-speed automatic transmission and delivers power to the Mercedes 4MATIC + all-wheel drive system.
Everything you just read is identical to this SUV version. The main difference is in size and shape: the GLE Coupe rides on a 2.4-inch shorter wheelbase and, of course, has a weaker roofline than the SUV. However, 0-60 mph is achieved in the same 5.2 seconds as a more upright SUV. The top speed, electronically limited to 155 mph, is also identical.
As in other GLEs, the 48-volt 53 Coupe electrical system reduces the current required and allows Mercedes to use thinner and lighter wires. There are seven powertrains ranging from Slippery to Sport +, as well as the AMG Dynamic Select system, which adds three additional layers of dynamic optimization through electronic stability control. The body also offers the AMG Active Ride Control option, which adds active, electrically actuated roll stabilization to the GLE air suspension. As with the other GLEs, the 53 Coupe is equipped with Mercedes-Benz's MBUK infotainment system with Siri's "Hey, Mercedes" voice assistant.
It's tempting to dismiss the Coupe as a better-looking but less useful off-roader version, but the current version has more rear ends than you might expect. The cargo capacity is tight, but the full-length hatch cover provides plenty of space to lower the piano.
Of course, this is the high power GLE 63 Coupe we really expect, but our early experiences with the 429bhp version to the new rights six were favorable; we found it to be a nice middle ground between the just-adequate turbo four in the 350 Series and the twin-turbo V-8s in the 63's.
Mercedes will officially unveil the GLE 53 Coupe this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it will arrive at US car dealerships in mid-2020.