Don’t Like the GLE63 AMG Coupe? You’re Probably Not Alone.

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Doug DeMuro explains why so many people rightfully criticize this the GLE63’s existence.

If there’s anyone who can find something strange about a car, Doug DeMuro can find it. However, when a car is blatantly strange on purpose, it nearly sends him into a fit. When he is presented with the GLE63 AMG Coupe, the usual compromises are spoken of, but there’s more to the confusion of this car than appears on the surface.

He digs deeper. “It isn’t just the look of this thing that makes people irrationally angry,” says DeMuro on the car’s profile. “When you get an SUV, you’re getting it because you want more practicality, better ground clearance for off-roading, more cargo space and more passenger space to carry things and people.” But the GLE coupe? It removes a lot of that practicality.

GLE63 AMG Coupe

Additionally, there’s something in a Mercedes name that means a lot. The 300SL was given its name for a very specific reason. The GLE is called a Coupe, though. And that’s problematic. DeMuro explains, “Mercedes has expanded that definition to include a 4-door SUV. So not only is this no longer a 2-door sports car, it’s a 4-door SUV that is still called a coupe, and that really makes people angry.” He’s not incorrect. And it seems entirely un-German to call a car something that it really isn’t.

GLE63 AMG Coupe

Granted, the GLE63 Coupe still performs well as you’d expect from an AMG. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the car, but as DeMuro points out, literally it’s perfect for “tens of people.” So it makes us wonder, whats wrong with being called the ML55 AMG Turbo SportBack? It would take away the GLA/C/E model blending, and let it be known the engine size and forced induction. Perhaps that’s too much to ask from Mercedes.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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