Mercedes to reveal new crossover in Detroit

Mercedes to reveal new crossover in Detroit

German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz will give the motoring world a treat in January when it reveals its new crossover at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. According to information coming out of the company, the GLE Coupe will merge the best features of a sports model with the robust characteristics of an SUV.

A statement from Mercedes says: "Despite the similarity to an SUV with its raised seating position and expansive all-round view, the occupants are led to believe that they are in sports rather than off-road mode."

It appears that Mercedes has a plan to bring some style to a segment of the market known for its boxlike practicality, which has very little room for the fun side of driving. The GLE will be in direct competition with BMW's slope-backed X6, which is one of the most popular crossovers on the market. The GLE will have the contoured roofline of a coupe model, and the performance, but will maintain the practicality and power of an SUV.

Don't be fooled into thinking that this car will be a pussycat, as there will be an AMG version - the GLE 450 4Matic Coupe - delivering 362bhp from its V6 bi-turbo engine. This will be coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The car is set to be constructed at the company's factory in Tuscaloosa in Alabama and will be the fifth vehicle that Mercedes has produced there.

The chairman of of the Mercedes board of management, Tobias Moers, said that the GLE 450 will be the first of a number of high-performance sports models.