With the second-generation GLE Coupe, Mercedes-AMG for the first time has launched the ‘53’ range of AMGs in India. The GLE 53 Coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder motor that pushes out 435bhp and 520Nm
Mercedes-Benz seems to be on a car launching spree this year. The luxury carmaker has already introduced six new products in 2020 – starting with the new GLE in January to GLS in June. Mercedes has now launched the second-generation GLE 53 AMG Coupe in India, making it first ‘53’ AMG to be launched in India. Brought into India via the CBU route, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe 4Matic+ is priced at Rs 1.2 crore (ex-showroom Pan India). The standard GLE ranges between Rs 73.7 lakh for the 300d going right up to Rs 1.25 crore for the Hop-Hop Edition that is brought to India as a CBU. Mercedes had the first-generation GLE Coupe on sale in India starting 2016. At the time of launch it was priced at Rs 86.40 lakh.
Coming back to the GLE 53 Coupe, it is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder motor that puts out 435 horses and 520Nm. The engine also gets assistance from an EQ boost starter-alternator system that adds another 22bhp and 250Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLE 53 Coupe claims to dismiss the naught to 100km/h dash in just 5.3 seconds and record a top-speed of 250km/h (limited).
As far as design goes, the AMG GLE 53 looks identical to the standard sibling from the front with the exception of the vertically-slat AMG grille. As you’d expect, the differences are a lot more noticeable along the sides and at the rear, with the coupe roofline and the tall tail section. Interior too is similar to the ‘regular’ GLE in terms of layout, but this AMG trim comes fitted with some exclusive elements like sports seats, some carbon fibre trims and more.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe 4Matic+ competes against the likes of the Audi Q8, BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe – all of which have been launched in past year or so.