2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE43 Coupe

by Mike Hunter

This sleek and luxurious sports coupe is a (borderline) SUV with all the bells and whistles its driver needs to enjoy a smooth ride, take rugged terrain or speed through city streets.

With its strong turbo boost and its dynamic exhaust system, the 3.0-liter V6 biturbo in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE43 elevates horsepower and torque. An exclusive red engine cover insert celebrates the 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque that exists under the hood of this beast. AMG DYNAMIC SELECT’s five modes let the driver choose from simple Comfort to the highly performance-based Sport+. Each setup dials in the adaptive AIRMATIC® suspension, steering, throttle, transmission, exhaust note and more to suit the road or driving mood.

A rare breed, this sport/coupe/SUV/Crossover is a true thoroughbred. The deeply bolstered front sport seats make the driver feel like the master of the road as the car grips and maneuvers without discomfort. The leather-wrapped sport steering wheel fosters all the confidence needed in managing this machine to make any drive a thrill. Its standard 21-inch wheels are by far the largest in its class. Or opt for something even bigger with the optional 22s. Generous rear doors easily welcome three passengers into the widest rear seat in its class. Fold the split seatbacks down for up to 60 cubic feet of carpeted luggage space, the most of any coupe in the world. The standard Panorama roof brings in the sun and stars, giving a near-topless appeal to this “just-about-everything” vehicle.

Advanced technologies are all about safety, reducing driving stress and helping to smooth every move. Active Brake Assist uses radar to help avoid collisions. Available PRE-SAFE® PLUS helps prepare occupants for rear impacts, in addition to front collisions and rollovers. And optional Distance Pilot DISTRONIC® adaptive cruise control includes Steering Pilot. The 8-inch central screen is big yet useful, bringing entertainment, navigation, driving systems and vehicle settings to life with clear, colorful animated menus. The optional Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ premium sound system is the result of hundreds of hours of in-studio and on-the-road development by B&O engineers, and is a must have.

Not enough? Get the AMG GLE63 S Coupe. A steal at $110,650, this handcrafted AMG 5.5L V8 biturbo engine will take a driver places she never thought she could go  — and in record speed. From 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, this is a definite upgrade.

MSRP: $69,650
City: 17
Hwy: 23
Trans: 9-speed automatic
0-60 mph: 5.6 sec

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