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Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupé to Debut in New York

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/8/2014 Karla Sanchez

The BMW X6 will get some competition next year with the arrival of the Mercedes GLE Coupé. The fastback variant of the GLE will give the standard X6 some trouble, and Autocar reports that a GLE63 Coupé is scheduled to arrive next summer in 2015, which should make things a little uncomfortable for the X6 M.

Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe prototype

A higher-horsepower GLE Coupé shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, especially since we've known about it for quite some time. We spied the variant testing last summer, however, we called it the MLC63 since we didn't yet know Mercedes' new naming scheme would turn the M-Class into the GLE range. Like all other AMG variants, the GLE63 Coupé AMG will boast visual differences compared to the garden-variety GLE, with a more aggressive front fascia, larger air intakes, sport seats, and the requisite quad exhaust tips. Rumors suggest the GLE63 Coupé will be powered by the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that's found underneath the hood of the current ML63 AMG, which makes 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Though that's less powerful than the X6 M's 567 hp and 553 lb-ft, the Mercedes will have the cog advantage with a standard nine-speed automatic. 

Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe prototype

We just spied a GLE Coupé testing last week, and we were finally able to get a good look at it since it wore hardly any camouflage. Scheduled for a Detroit debut, the GLE will go on sale next year, with the AMG variant following soon after. The more extreme version of the crossover could show its face at the 2015 New York show next April.

Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe prototype

Source: Autocar

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