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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic Rolls Into Detroit

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/12/2015 Kelly Pleskot
2016 Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG 4Matic Coupe Side Motion View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG 4Matic Coupe Side Motion View

Although Mercedes introduced the X6-rivaling GLE coupe last month, it decided to save the prize of the lineup for a special occasion. That would be the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic, which is making its first appearance at the Detroit auto show.

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We've seen the base GLE 400, which makes 333 hp, as well as the pseudo-AMG GLE 450 AMG Sport Line model with its 362 ponies. But the GLE63 S takes things up a notch by pumping out 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque from its 5.5-liter V-8 engine. Unlike its siblings that get a nine-speed automatic, the GLE63 utilizes a seven-speed auto. Mercedes estimates that the GLE63 S Coupe should only take 4.2 seconds to hit 60 mph, putting it in the neighborhood of BMW's 4.0-second estimate for the X6 M.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic Rolls Into Detroit

2016 Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG 4Matic Coupe Front Motion View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG 4Matic Coupe Front Motion View Complementing the powerful engine is Mercedes' AMG Ride Control sport suspension, paired with the Airmatic package, which consists of an air suspension, special damper struts, and infinitely variable damping. Unique on the model is an AMG high-performance braking system with red-painted calipers.

Thanks to the coupe's Sports Direct-Steer system, power assistance to the steering wheel varies with vehicle speed and the transmission mode selected by the driver. Five different modes -- from Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Slippery, and Individual -- make the GLE Coupe prepared for a variety of driving situations.

But before we notice any of these features, the GLE63 S can be easily distinguished by its sheetmetal. For the first time on an SUV from Mercedes, the GLE63 S gets an "A-wing" in the front apron. This three-dimensional interpretation of AMG's characteristic design feature brings a fresh yet familiar look to the SUV. Also look for a bold hood with large powerdomes and new radiator grille, as well as upgraded 22-inch wheels and standard three-dimensional LED headlamps.

2016 Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG 4Matic Coupe Interior© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG 4Matic Coupe Interior Inside the cabin, the high-powered GLE is covered in Nappa leather and AMG badging. A three-spoke performance steering wheel, sports seats, and aluminum paddle shifters integrate form and function. The model is also loaded with other standard equipment, including a power liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, sport pedals, Harman Kardon surround sound system, start/stop engine, and surround view camera. Standard safety systems include adaptive braking, collision prevention systems, and Pre-Safe. Options include carbon fiber trim and a performance exhaust system.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic hits dealerships in August, and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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