Mercedes-Benz on Thursday unveiled the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe. Rocking all the same quality bits as the standard GLE but with a more stylish rear end, the GLE53 Coupe offers some serious performance, albeit one tick below the top-tier AMG 63 variant.
To begin, this GLE Coupe is based off the new 2020 GLE. Mercedes cuts the wheelbase down by 2.4 inches for the “Coupe.” It’s still a rather frumpy thing out back, but is slightly easier on the eyes. The biggest change of all comes via the non-coupe end of the vehicle.
SUV Coupes have never been our favorite segment but the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe has the potential to be one of the best. Like other AMG 53 models, the GLE 53 Coupe is propelled by a 3.0-liter inline-six with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, producing a healthy 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque.
Carbuzz revealed that the AMG Ride Control also features an adjustable air suspension built for both long-distance comfort and high-speed agility. Drivers can select from three damper settings — “Comfort,” “Sport,” and “Sport+” — which can raise and lower the vehicle based on driving conditions. These three suspensions modes run separately from the other drive modes — which include “Slippery,” “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” and “Individual — and stability control settings — which include “Basic,” “Advanced,” “Pro,” “Traction,” and “Slide.”
Mercedes will offer an optional AMG Track Pack, which enables certain features on the MBUX infotainment system. With this package, drivers can view up to 80 vehicle-specific data points on the head-up display or infotainment screen including lap times and acceleration data. The GLE 53 includes 15.75-inch ventilated front brakes, with two-piston fixed calipers and 13.6-inch rear brakes with one-piston floating calipers.
Carscoops also said that there could be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 255 hp (190 kW / 258 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. Customers may be looking for something more powerful should be able to opt for a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that develops 362 hp (270 kW / 367 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.
Diesel fans could get three different options including an entry-level four-cylinder engine with 241 hp (180 kW / 245 PS) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. On the six-cylinder side, there could be units with outputs of 268 hp (300 kW / 272 PS) and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque as well as 325 hp (242 kW / 330 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
Of course, there will also be a handful of AMG models. The GLE 53 Coupe is slated to have a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS) and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque. Likewise, the GLE 63 Coupe is expected to have a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 which produces up to 603 hp (450 PS / 612 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque in S guise.