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Video - Lewis Hamilton drives Mercedes GLE Coupe

Snapshot: Current F1 champion takes Mercedes-Benz’s first Coupe SUV for a spin.

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Capitalizing on Lewis Hamilton’s success in Formula 1, the Daimler-owned marque decided to release a promotional video with the first Mercedes-Benz Coupe SUV being driven by the current F1 champion who obviously likes the car a lot. Despite being large and not necessarily aerodynamic, Hamilton describes the GLE Coupe as being sleek and with good handling capabilities.

The video actually focuses more on the British racing driver, but the GLE Coupe comes into the action later on and tries to prove that even a Formula 1 world champion who is used to driving very lightweight and quick cars is a fan of a bulky coupe-styled SUV. This is Mercedes-Benz’s way of saying that not all high-riding models have to be boring to drive as even such big cars can be agile around the corners and offer more than decent performances.

Speaking of which, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe is motivated by a massive V8 5.5-liter twin-turbo with 549 bhp and 700 Nm of torque which is enough for a 0-100 kmph sprint in 4.3 seconds and a 250 kmph top speed. If this isn’t enough, there’s also an S version with 577 bhp and 760 Nm which does the sprint 0.1s faster before hitting the same electronically-capped top speed.

If you consider the GLE Coupe as being too big, there’s a smaller GLC Coupe on its way and will be launched sometime next year to go head to head with the BMW X4. The design of the two cars is very similar and the smaller version should prove to be a more popular choice among buyers who mostly travel in crowded cities.

Mercedes-Benz is also thinking about a third Coupe SUV based on the upcoming facelifted GL which will be called GLS. If green-lighted for production, the large GLS Coupe will likely be the most expensive model in this segment in the world.

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