Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupe: Sports car-type SUV will be available in the US mid-August

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Combining style and functionality, Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Coupe promises a different take on traditional SUVs when it becomes available mid-August in the United States.

Belonging to the line formerly known as “M-Class,” the GLE coupe is described as “Seduction in every curve. Exhilaration in every corner” with the 450 AMG marketed as a sports utility vehicle.

“The GLE 450 AMG Coupe is our first sport model, and further highly emotional and performance oriented models will follow in the near future. The new product line from Mercedes-AMG has allowed us to make true sports car technology and the fascination of motorsports more accessible,” said  Mercedes-AMG GmbH Chairman of the Board of Management Tobias Moers.

The 450 AMG is powered by 3.0-Liter turbo-charged V6 top-of-the-range engine that packs in 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with nine-speed automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. With the gasoline biturbo engine, it has an acceleration rate of 0 to 60mph in just 5.2 seconds.

It offers five transmission modes: Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport+. The modes can be selected using a rotary central console. Moreover, it is equipped with Airmatic air suspension system which is said to guarantee stability when driving.

The dimension of the vehicle is 192.9 inches in length, 78.9 inches in width and 68.1 inches in height. The wheelbase measures 114.8 inches while the track width is 65.3 inches in front and 67.9 inches in the back.

Safety measures include the standard brake system BAS Plus, Curve Dynamic and Crosswind Assists, and Collision Prevention Assist Plus. Optionally, the owner can add cross-traffic assist, brake with pedestrian detection, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Parking Assist. Night vision is improved by LED Intelligent Light System.

The interior can fit up to five people and boasts a stunning infotainment system that has a DVD player and an 8-inch intuitive touchpad.

The 450 AMG starts selling at $77,600.