There are trends in the car business and then there are ideas that somehow evolve into something that people want. Essentially, SUV coupes like the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe are an answer to a question no one ever asked.
The thing with this ultra-niche, super sparse segment is that there are only a few players, and this is if we blend two sizes into this one group. BMW could be credited with launching this trend with the X6 and they followed up with the X4. Mercedes-Benz raised their hand and introduced the GLE and GLC Coupes and the latest additions are the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, the upcoming Infiniti QX50 “coupe” and the Audi Q3 Sportback.
If we keep sizes apart, the GLE runs with the X6 and the Cayenne and while I’ve not driven the Porsche, I feel confident saying that it will be, at the very least, a decent driver.
And so, if you’re in the market for a large-ish midsized SUV Coupe, should you swing by your local Mercedes-Benz dealer? Let’s talk.
Why you should buy a 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe:
- The GLE Coupe is far more than a regular GLE SUV that’s had its hatch flattened somewhat. Its wheelbase is shorter, its longer overall, trunk deeper and personality sharpened.
- The AMG GLE 53 is unique in that it is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 cylinder engine that produces 429-horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,800 to 5,800 rpm.
- Also part of the deal is EQ Boost. This 48V Integrated Starter Generator system packs a 21-horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque gunshot of power when needed. There’s not GLE 53 SUV currently available.
- The Mercedes-AMG 53 Coupe includes the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system and an air suspension with AMG active ride control. This thing can be cosseting one moment and the next, crushing hairpin turns in the middle of the Austrian Alps.
- It is spacious, comfortable and loaded with luxury.
Why you should not buy a 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe:
- Although pricing is not yet known, we suspect the AMG 53 Coupe will start near the $90,000. Actually, this is competitive, it just seems like so much money for such a niche vehicle.
- On the topic of niche, it is well known that large luxury vehicles depreciate at an alarming rate and one that could become yesterday’s news tomorrow may take an even harder hit.
There are in fact no precise reasons why you should not purchase a 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe. Among the three colleagues, a term Germans love to use, the AMG is the one SUV Coupe that has the most distinct personality when compared to the “donor” SUV.
This is not necessarily the main reason why the GLE Coupe should be considered over the X6, for example. Personally, I prefer the BMW X6’s more chiseled physique and yes, despite the presence of the gaping kidney grille. As for the Cayenne Coupe, whenever I look at the images, all I can think of is Porsche saying to itself: “What the hell, we can do it too.” It’s obviously more than and perhaps this is nothing more than a snapshot of how I really feel about the SUV Coupe trend.
No matter what, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 is still an appealing option, if you like this sorta thing.