The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe Claims To Be A Strong Off-Roader — It Just Happens To Have 429 Horsepower

Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, 2019

This shines light on earlier prototypes we’ve seen.

As the new GLE SUV is already on sale, it’s not surprising that it’s coupe cousin isn’t far behind. This is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, and it’s just the latest in the company’s line of performance crossovers. It looks familiar to those who know the GLE Coupe of old, but this 53 model is a new one in the lineup. It effectively splits the difference between the entry level Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 and the ludicrous GLE 63.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe

Under the hood is standard AMG fare for this part of the brand’s lineup. There’s a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine with 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. That comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and makes the GLE 53 Coupe capable of hitting 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, according to Mercedes. As with the rest of the company’s revamped lineup, the new striaght-six also houses the EQ Boost feature, a 48-volt mild hybrid system that also provides brief bursts of extra power.

Mercedes claims the AMG GLE 53 Coupe is a vehicle with strong off-road capabilities, though it looks like it’s more comfortable on the road. It does have the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system as standard fare. That all-wheel drive system is configurable through the car’s drive modes, including “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”. To lean more cred toward the off-road side of the equation, you do also get “Trail” and “Sand” modes. The driver can also raise the car up to 2.2 inches for tougher conditions, though Mercedes did not specify the car’s exact ground clearance in its off-road setting.

MBUX infotainment system

The interior is more or less what you’d expect from a new Mercedes, down to the MBUX infotainment system. It’s a substantial improvement over the old COMAND infotainment system, and comes with a 12.3-inch infotainment display. An adjacent 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is perched in front of the driver, behind a three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel.

Pricing for the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe has yet to be announced. We should know more details about the car closer to its launch. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!