One of mans oldest questions, chocolate or vanilla, blondes or brunettes, BMW or Mercedes? Years after BMW first broke the ice with its sloped SAC, Mercedes has finally got around to bringing their own 'coupe' to the market. Opinions are bound to be split on the GLE, much as they were for the original X6, either you want one or you want to burn one. Grey is a dull shade regardless.
While the towering Teutonic duo share basic form factor, there will be no confusion as to which camp you belong to. The GLE shares the current Mercedes design language, organic rounded shapes and slimmer wraparound lights are the hallmark of current gen Benzes. The cabin is familiar and should live up to Mercedes impeccable interior level. Grudgingly (being a BMW boy) I must admit they are clearly head and shoulders over BMW and Audi in terms of touch points and aesthetics.
Aside from the 362 horsepower Turbo V6 GLE 450 AMG Mercedes has not offered any details on a base level GLE 350, or perhaps an up market GLE-400 and non AMG 450.