Seemingly answering the same unasked question as the BMW X6, Mercedes has unveiled the new GLE Coupe, a car the company says combines the sporty nature of a coupe with the robustness of an SUV.
The new model also signals a restructuring of the Mercedes model names in an attempt to make them easier to understand.
All SUV models will be renamed to begin ‘GL’, a nod to the long-running G-Class, with a third letter denoting the market segment; for example, the Mercedes GLA nomenclature denotes an SUV in the A-Class segment.
The GLK will be renamed to GLC to indicate an SUV in the C-Class segment, while the M-Class range will be renamed to GLE.
The new GLE Coupe will be offered with a choice of three power-plants, starting with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel in the GLE 350 d. It delivers 258hp and 620Nm of torque to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD system.
This is followed by a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo petrol unit with 333hp and 480Nm of torque for the GLE 400, with the range-topping GLE 450 AMG powered by a tweaked version of the same unit, but with 367hp and 520Nm of torque.
Performance, economy and emissions figures haven’t been released as yet.
The GLE 350 and GLE 400 use conventional steel suspension, while the GLE 450 AMG makes use of a new Airmatic system with adaptive damping.
All GLE models feature a Dynamic Select system that allows the driver to choose between Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport+ modes, each of which alters the behaviour of vehicle systems such as the transmission, four-wheel-drive system, suspension and steering, while in the AMG model the settings also change the look of the instruments, the sound of the engine, and even the response of the active LED headlights.
Standard equipment across the range includes a power tailgate, reversing camera and various electronic safety aids, while AMG models feature additional body styling, 21-inch alloy wheels and Airmatic air suspension.
The Mercedes GLE Coupe is expected to go on sale in the UK next June, with prices to be announced near the time.