2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG Teased on Facebook
Stuttgart’s Coupe-Utility Gets the Affalterbach Treatment
We can thank our Teutonic friends for obliterating the traditional definition of “coupe.” Starting with the Volkswagen CC and Mercedes-Benz CLS, suddenly two doors was no longer a prerequisite for receiving the coupe designation. We now have the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE sport-utility coupes (SUCs?). We can’t say we’re big fans of the trend of taking otherwise practical SUVs and turning them into less useful, but typically no better-performing, vehicles. Nevertheless, as the saying goes, more horsepower fixes everything, and we can muster a little more enthusiasm for Stuttgart’s latest high-performance effort, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG.
Two years ago, we took the wheel of the ML63 AMG and got a thorough kick out of its boisterous, high-decibel twin-turbo V-8 and physics-defying acceleration. The just-introduced GLE will receive a similar treatment, as evidenced by this video posted on Mercedes-Benz’s Facebook page. It has the usual assortment of high-performance hardware and requisite badging.
One of two engines will likely be underhood: AMG’s 5.5L twin-turbo V-8 or possibly the new 4.0L twin-turbo V-8 seen under the hood of the AMG GT and C63 AMG. Although significantly smaller than the outgoing 5.5L, the 4.0L packs nearly as much power, with significantly better fuel economy. All indications are that the 5.5L will remain the motive force, but with constantly-tightening fuel economy and CO2 standards, engineers are always finding out ways to make more power with less fuel. Expect full details on the hot new coupe-ute next week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Source: Mercedes-Benz via Facebook