Thursday, October 01, 2015

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe



Undoubtedly, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is enjoying one of its strongest years yet this 2015, and it looks like there’s no end in sight just yet, with the spotting of this new bad boy. It’s the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe, spied once again on Malaysian roads (thanks, Fadlul Fikry and T Kana Raj!), following itsfirst local sighting at Publika just over a month ago.

Once again, we believe grey importers are most likely responsible for these units captured here, given that MBM has been open about a particular focus on what it calls its “Dream Cars” for the rest of 2015, while its market charge with SUVs has been confirmed only to begin next year instead. And even then, standard models are expected first, not AMG (or in this case, AMG Sport) ones.

Either way, MBM will at some point in the future be looking to introduce this BMW X6-fighter sometime in 2016, alongside the regular GLE-Class (BMW X5 rival, previously badged the ML), and the smaller GLC-Class (BMW X3 rival) as well.

What you’re looking at here is the top GLE Coupe model, the GLE 450 AMG Coupe. It’s the first ofMercedes-AMG’s new high performance range that’s positioned jusAMG GLE 63 Coupe. Think BMW M Performance and Audi S ranges, as opposed to the full fat M andRS models.

t under the full-on AMG models, such as thePowering this coupe-styled SUV is a 3.0 litre biturbo V6 engine that develops 367 hp at 5,500 to 6,000 rpm, and 520 Nm at 1,800 to 4,000 rpm. It’s equipped with the brand’s new 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission and a performance-oriented 4Matic all-wheel drive system that can split power between the front and rear wheels at a 40:60 bias.

Visually, the car is equipped with the AMG Sport bodykit, while passengers and drivers alike will be able to benefit from an Airmatic air suspension with variable ADS Plus damping, sports seats, and an extra Sport+ mode in the Dynamic Select system.

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