2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLE: Replacing the ML-Class model in the Mercedes-Benz line-up for 2016 are the new GLE sport utility vehicle and the GLE Coupe.  SUV buyers have their choice of the GLE300d 4MATIC with a 201-horsepower diesel; the GLE350 with its 302-hp V-6 gasoline engine and rear-wheel drive, or the GLE350 4MATIC; the biturbo V-6-powered GLE400 (329-hp) linked with 4MATIC. Ultimate SUV performance is found in the 550-hp high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLE63 and the GLE63 S with 577-hp. Coupe lovers can selected the AMG GLE450 with its 362-hp 3.0L biturbo V-6 or the 577-hp 5.5L biturbo V-8 engine. Both the coupe and SUV models are linked with seven-speed automatics, except the GLE450 Coupe, which come stock with a nine-speed automatic transmission.  An array of standard active and passive safety systems includes collision prevention assist plus, pre-safe plus with rear-ends collision prevention and crosswind assist. In addition, the GLE can be equipped with autonomous braking and steering assist.  Some driver's will appreciate the optional active parking assist that makes parallel parking easier.  A power tilt/sliding sunroof and heated front seats come standard on all GLE SUV models, while available ventilated front seats offer three levels of heating and cooling.  A heated steering wheel is also available. Inside the five-passenger coupe, there are AMG sports seats and Nappa leather three-spoke sports steering wheel. The 2016 Mercedes GLE SUV provides comfortable seating for five and also offers generous carrying capacity, with 38.2-cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats and 80.3 with the rear seatbacks lowered. A standard power liftgate makes loading and unloading easy. The extremely large interior in the coupe provides space for up to five people, and there is an optional large panoramic glass roof for all the passengers. With a maximum of over 58-cubic feet, the coupe also just happens to hold the world record for luggage compartments in Coupes. For the record, the GLE SUV and Coupe are produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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