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WHEN IT COMES TO COM­BIN­ING LUX­URY AND RAC­ING QUAL­I­TIES, THE MERCEDES-AMG GLE 43 AMG COUPE IS SIM­PLY EX­EM­PLARY

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De­vel­oped by Mercedes-Benz’ AMG engi­neers to de­liver the vis­ceral ex­pe­ri­ence those three let­ters stand for, and the per­for­mance prom­ise they up­hold, the Mercedes-AMG GLE Coupes are a fu­sion of rac­ing-bred tenac­ity and finely tai­lored lux­ury. Be­neath their arch­ing rooflines and mus­cu­lar shoul­ders, you’ll find an ex­pe­ri­ence that is a mix of verve and ver­sa­til­ity not found in or­di­nary SUVs and not pos­si­ble in tra­di­tional coupes.

FIRST GLANCE

The Mercedes GLE range of­fers prac­ti­cal­ity and lux­ury in a fa­mil­iar SUV pack­age. On that note, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 AMG Coupe surely knows how to make an en­trance. It exudes cul­ti­vated tran­quil­ity and at the same time em­bod­ies pow­er­ful dy­namism, all while of­fer­ing an at­trac­tive en­try point into the ex­cit­ing world of AMG.

On a more tech­ni­cal side, one thing that the cus­tomer will find es­pe­cially su­perb is that there will be no mis­tak­ing the AMG GLE 43 Coupe for any­thing else on the road, yet its soul is ev­i­dent in its body. Start­ing from its wide mesh grille and cen­tral Star to the tensed arch of its roofline and hor­i­zon­tal tail lamps, this car cer­tainly brings the sport­ing lux­ury of a Mercedes-Benz coupe to another di­men­sion. The body­work also re­flects its rac­ing roots and the sig­na­ture dou­ble-cross wing grille sweeps into the LED head­lamps. Need­less to say, its AMG-in­fused heart is just as clearly ev­i­dent.

In­side, the hand-fin­ished wood trims, hand­fit­ted up­hol­stery and also the sub­tle metal­lic de­tails de­fine an in­te­rior that’s gen­er­ous in terms of both room and re­fine­ment. From the heated sport front seats to the widest three-pas­sen­ger rear seat in its class, the GLE Coupe shares its gen­er­ous space, style and lux­ury with ev­ery­one on board.

More­over, for max­i­mum driv­ing plea­sure, the sport steer­ing wheel fea­tures a grippy Nappa leather-wrapped rim and rac­ing-in­spired flat-bot­tom de­sign. To top it all off, there are con­ve­nient mul­ti­func­tion con­trols dis­play­ing the most fre­quently used ve­hi­cle func­tions, along with an il­lus­trated color menu dis­play in the gauge clus­ter.

RID­ING IN STYLE

With­out doubt, one thing that stole the spot­light is the twist on the con­sole con­trol that lets you dial in the ve­hi­cle’s per­for­mance char­ac­ter to suit your needs or your mood. Ti­tled AMG DY­NAMIC SE­LECT, this sys­tem of­fers four pre­set modes (Com­fort, Sport, Sport+ and Slippery) plus an In­di­vid­ual mode you can con­fig­ure a la carte. Sev­eral modes even of­fer the abil­ity to fine-tune the way the ex­haust sound and how the in­stru­ments re­spond to your driv­ing in­puts.

Per­for­mance wise, as a part of the BlueDIRECT en­gine fam­ily from MercedesBenz, the 3.0-Liter V6 Biturbo en­gine fit­ted in­side this Mercedes al­lowed the AMG engi­neers to in­crease the en­gine’s power out­put and torque. The re­sult? A sprint time from zero to 100km/h in a mere 5.7 sec­onds. Another ad­di­tion comes in the for­mat of a fuel-sav­ing ECO Start/Stop sys­tem, which au­to­mat­i­cally shuts off the en­gine at stop­lights and other idling sit­u­a­tions. Once the driver lifts his foot off the brake, the en­gine in­stantly restarts for im­me­di­ate ac­cel­er­a­tion re­sponse.

Aside from the safety prospects, this car is com­pleted with a radar-based tech­nol­ogy that will give you an alert if you’re ap­proach­ing a ve­hi­cle ahead, or even some ob­jects, at a speed and dis­tance that sug­gests a col­li­sion is likely to hap­pen. As soon as the driver starts to brake, Ac­tive Brake As­sist can au­to­mat­i­cally pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate level of brak­ing to help pre­vent a col­li­sion or re­duce its sever­ity. Mind you, if you fail to re­spond, the sys­tem can also ini­ti­ate brak­ing au­to­mat­i­cally at var­i­ous driv­ing speeds. FI­NAL THOUGHTS Mercedes-Benz unites all as­pects of per­for­mance to en­gi­neer some­thing that you can’t get from a spec sheet. With the com­bi­na­tion of artistry and en­gi­neer­ing to cre­ate a car that are vi­sion­ary from ev­ery an­gle, and com­pleted with tech­nol­ogy that helps both pro­tect from and pre­vent col­li­sions, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 AMG Coupe surely meets the ex­pec­ta­tions that are placed to­day on a ve­hi­cle of its class.

“ONE THING THAT THE CUS­TOMER WILL FIND ES­PE­CIALLY SU­PERB IS THAT THERE WILL BE NO MIS­TAK­ING THE AMG GLE 43 COUPE FOR ANY­THING ELSE ON THE ROAD”

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