Sneak Peak! 2016 GLE550 Coupe and C400 Coupe in Mercedes-Benz Detroit Teasers

Updated 11.27.14

Mercedes-AMG has revealed a teaser for the Detroit auto show in January: some sweet new AMG Sport and AMG Performance trims for the C-Class Coupe and GLE Coupe.

The AMG Sport is a returning trim level for the C-Class, while AMG Performance is a new feature that has C63-style lower detailing that is dark-colored and very convincing.

The new GLE will wear a full revised from bumper design — but this sneak peak indicates a full redesign may be a year or more into the future.

Actually, after taking a look at the roofline of this preview more closely, we now see that this is the GLE-Class Coupe — the production version of the Beijing and Pebble Beach Concept Coupe SUV. Pretty exciting.


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe – AMG Sport trim



2014 ML63 AMG

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe – AMG Sport trim


2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe – AMG Performance trim



Mercedes Name Change Guide


  • GLA                 = GL A-Class

  • GLC                 = GL C-Class; previously GLK

  • GLE                 = GL E-Class; previously M-Class or ML

  • GLE Coupé    = GL E-Class Coupé

  • GLS                 = GL S-Class; previously GL

  • G                      unchanged

  • 2016 GLE550 Coupe and C400 Coupe


Mercedes-AMG ups the ante

Nov 27, 2014


  • Growth strategy aimed at new market segments

  • Doubling of global sales targeted by 2017

  • Premiere of the new AMG Sport models at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit

Affalterbach – The sports car and high-performance brand Mercedes-AMG will achieve a new sales record of well over 40,000 units this year. Its entry into the compact segment and the broadening of its product range have provided the Affalterbach-based company with access to new customer groups and secured success in established and new markets. New models developed entirely in-house, such as the SLS AMG and the most recently presented Mercedes-AMG GT, consolidate the brand’s success story and place it firmly on course for sustained growth.

“We are proud of these successes, as they provide the basis for the next stage of our growth strategy, which we are now launching,” explains Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “In the next three years we aim to more than double our total sales for 2013.”

To render the AMG brand and its technology more accessible, Mercedes-AMG is establishing a new product line by the name of “AMG Sport”, offering sporty performance and technical refinements. The AMG Sport models will fill the gap between the AMG Sports package for Mercedes-Benz vehicles and the classic AMG models, thereby underpinning the brand’s growth strategy on a sustained basis.

Opening up new customer groups and segments will raise the company’s profile and boost AMG’s sales potential worldwide. “The new Sport models represent a convincing proposition for our customers: genuine sports car technology becomes accessible, appealing to an even broader-ranging clientele worldwide,” observes Tobias Moers. “For all our dynamic growth, we remain true to our brand claim of “Driving Performance”.

The AMG Sport models bear out the high-performance brand’s claim with uprated engine output, all-wheel drive as standard and special chassis components and brake systems from the classic AMG models. Signature AMG driving dynamics and a highly emotional driving experience are the tangible outcome for the customer. The first two AMG Sport models are set to be unveiled at the International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2015. It is planned to add further models to this new product line in due course.

The Affalterbach-based sports car brand has set itself high aims not only with regard to customer enthusiasm and growth: the fleet consumption has been reduced by 35% by means of a comprehensive range of technical measures carried out in the past five years as part of the “AMG Green Performance Strategy”. The AMG models are already among the most fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles in their respective segments, with the new engine technologies and all-embracing lightweight design set to render them yet more efficient. The introduction of the Sport models in 2015 will make an additional significant contribution towards lowering the fuel consumption of the AMG fleet. The company headquarters in Affalterbach and the logistics organisation are also all set for sustained growth and represent the benchmark in efficiency, flexibility and environment-friendliness. The company has received recognition from the “German Sustainable Building Council”, for example, and is the winner of the “Deutscher Logistik-Preis 2014” from the BVL Global Supply Chain Network for both its environment-friendliness and its supply chain strategy.

2014 Concept Coupe SUV

2016 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG Rendering

While on a mad Photoshop bender today, here is another interpretation of a future Mercedes-Benz SUV – the upcoming M-Class refresh.

The current ML63 AMG and the ML350 4Matic have fallen flat in the marketplace versus the evergreen sales of the BMW X5 and even the Audi Q7.

With the arrival of the Porsche Macan and BMW X4 and X6 in the same year as the new X5 — the heat is really on the ML to pull its own weight.

The ideas for a totally new Mercedes SUV nose and tail were quite prominent on the Concept Coupe SUV from Beijing 2014 — and they are really cool concepts overall.


In front, the nose ditches the PepBoys add-on look of the LED lower lighting in favor of highly advanced MultiBeam LED headlights with their own internal light swirls as DRLs.


2016 ML63 AMG Rendering

2014 Concept Coupe SUV

2014 ML63 AMG



The tail is also heavily revamped with organic surfacing, more flow and fewer choppy air outlets than the current ML63 AMG. Most prominent is the new full-width LED light bar that will serve brake light functions.

These renderings are far from flawless – but do provide a general idea of what is coming on the next generation of Mercedes SUVs. The GL, GLK and ML are all due for a refresh relatively urgently, so expect some interpretation of these ideas as 2016 or 2017 models.



2016 ML63 AMG Rendering


2014 Concept Coupe SUV


2014 ML63 AMG


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