The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, on the way to Ireland in 2020
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, on the way to Ireland in 2020

Mercedes-Benz will introduce 22 new models to the Irish market in 2020 including the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.

Currently accounting for around one third of Mercedes-Benz sales, SUVs are of increasing importance to the brand with a global customer base of over six million owners spread across an eight model range that includes GLA, GLB, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and the G-Class itself.

Coming to Ireland early next year, Mercedes says that the GLE Coupé “blends the sportiness and elegance of a coupé with the engineering of a large premium SUV”.

It’s 39mm longer and 7mm wider than before, with a wheelbase 20mm greater than its predecessor (yet 60mm shorter than the GLE it’s based on).

Inside there are two large 12.3inches /31.2cm screens that flow into the door trim. The sporty emphasis is also seen in standard sports seats and a new sports steering wheel. Other features include the latest generation ‘Mercedes me’ and MBUX infotainment system, with voice control features and a range of comfort options and apps.

More tightly tailored than the GLE, the four-door coupé offers more room inside than its predecessor with space for five occupants. There are 655 litres of boot space.

The interior of the new GLE Coupé
The interior of the new GLE Coupé

At launch, two powerful six-cylinder diesel engines will be available – a 350d (200kW / 272hp with 600Nm torque) and a 400d (243kW / 330hp with 700Nm torque) whose combined fuel consumption is 8.0-7.5 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions is 212-197g/km. A 300d will follow at a later date.

Petrol version available at launch will be the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé with combined fuel consumption of 9.3 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 212g/km. Preparations are also under way for a 350de plug-in-hybrid version. In both models, engines comply with Euro 6d standard (RDE/Real Driving Emissions Step 2) even in demanding driving situations. Transmission is 9G TRONIC automatic in both cases.

The new the GLE Coupé comes with a host of and optional extras, comfort elements, vehicle safety and driver assistance features in what Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland says “is a model that matches the emotive appeal of a sporty and elegant coupé to the imposing power of an off-road vehicle.”

Given that focus in Ireland will fall on the 350d model, and that detailed price and specifications will not be announced until closer to launch, Ciaran Allen says “prices will be competitive, just like those of our GLE SUV – which we introduced earlier this year with best in segment prices – and will differ marginally from its predecessor despite its significantly more advanced and comprehensive range of specifications”.