New Mercedes GLE Coupé up and run­ning

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THIS is our first look at the all-new Mercedes GLE Coupé, ahead of the BMW X6 ri­val’s big un­veil in 2019.

It keeps the old car’s raised body and slop­ing roof, with styling in­spired by the forth­com­ing GLE SUV.

The cam­ou­flaged mule spot­ted test­ing by our spies is well cov­ered, but it’s not enough to hide fea­tures such as the big grille and head­lamps.

At the back, it looks as though the high bootlid will be re­shaped with thin­ner LED tail-lights. The num­ber plate sits on a smoother bumper, and twin ex­haust pipes are in­te­grated within the body.

Mercedes has also given us an of­fi­cial look in­side the new car, with a re­veal­ing sketch (right). This sug­gests the firm will fit its lat­est MBUX in­fo­tain­ment, with a full-width cen­tral screen and dig­i­tal di­als. The GLE Coupé is ex­pected to get the A-class’s aug­mented re­al­ity nav.

All cars will have a nine-speed auto box and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. A range of six-cylin­der petrol and diesel mo­tors is ex­pected, plus hot­ter AMG ver­sions. Prices should start from around £65,000.

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