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This is the question we are asking ourselves and I assume we wont be the only ones...

As you may have noticed the current (and now facelifted) ML was renamed the GLE, while the slopey GLE is the GLE coupe...

The biggest problem currently is that the older ML (now GLE) simply received the new face while trundling on with its conservative and aged lines elsewhere. It creates a strange juxtaposition of two different evolutions of Mercedes design language.

We're most interested in the GLE 550e PHEV (which while still not confirmed for the GLE coupe yet I'm confident it will be), the problem with that is the new GLE 550e is simply an old ML with batteries added. Packaging was not designed for an extra battery in the cargo hold. Then again complaining about reduced cargo capacity while also considering a coupe-d version of the same SUV may be a bit disingenious I admit.

If you're in the market NOW, I just don't see how the old ML turned GLE is a good buy, not with the all new GLE Coupe breathing down its neck and certainly not with the knowledge that the GLE will be reworked shortly to bring it in line with the coupe. Besides just look at the curves of that coupe... If you're set on the 'wagon' wait...
 

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i'm in no rush to get a GLE and if a 550e was a model I knew I absolutely wanted, going for the current 550e seen here wouldn't be my pick, instead its successor, the redesigned GLE.

Someone who wants more space, which this seems to have over the redesigned GLE, could find this along with its electric power plant to be more suitable.
 

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i'm in no rush to get a GLE and if a 550e was a model I knew I absolutely wanted, going for the current 550e seen here wouldn't be my pick, instead its successor, the redesigned GLE.

Someone who wants more space, which this seems to have over the redesigned GLE, could find this along with its electric power plant to be more suitable.
Neither are we. Our interest in the coupe is purely from an aesthetic standpoint. We're long past the point of needing the full cargo and passenger capacity.

The PHEV is an intriguing option to us because it would somewhat insulate s from fuel fluctuations, which keeping us sheltered from the oddities of pure EV travel...

Perfect world, GLE Coupe 550e...
 

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with information well out there about the redesigned GLE...
it will be interesting to see how sales play out as i'm expecting sales on these to be slow
 

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Neither are we. Our interest in the coupe is purely from an aesthetic standpoint. We're long past the point of needing the full cargo and passenger capacity.

The PHEV is an intriguing option to us because it would somewhat insulate s from fuel fluctuations, which keeping us sheltered from the oddities of pure EV travel...

Perfect world, GLE Coupe 550e...
There's no 550e Coupe planned, at least at first...

For those still unfamiliar with the GLE Coupe, it’s essentially a GLE with a coupe-like roofline. The GLE itself is just an updated version of the current M-Class SUV, on sale since the 2012 model year. For the U.S. market, the GLE Coupe will come in GLE350d, GLE400, GLE450 AMG Sport, GLE63 and GLE63 S flavors. They’ll offer 258 horsepower, 333 hp, 362 hp, 550 hp and 577 hp respectively
 

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Maybe, just maybe they're running the 550e as a way to test the waters to see how viable of a strategy it is.
If it turns out to be a success, while it's generation finally phases out with sales stopped, there's no reason why they shouldn't offer up the GLE as a GLE 550e
 
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