BMW is not the only automaker working on a facelifted crossover coupe as arch-rival Mercedes completes development work on the updated GLE coupe.
Recently caught during a test in Nürburgring, the 2023 GLE Coupe has been given a slight refresh that focuses primarily on the front. The changes are rarely noticeable, but we do see a new front bumper with an updated grille and modified air intake. We can also expect new headlight graphics, but they are disguised.
The subtle updates continue as we see new taillights whose contrasting lights seem to have shifted from the bottom to the center. The chrome bar on the rear bumper also looks thinner than before, but it’s hard to confirm at the moment.
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Spy photographers could not look inside, but previous images from the GLE revealed that the model would be equipped with a new steering wheel. We can expect a few more changes, including an updated infotainment system and an upgraded driver support system.
Since this is a relatively small update, the engine can carry options. If so, we can expect an assortment of options, including a 53 variant, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS) and 384 lb-ft (521 Nm) torque development. The model has an EQ boost system with an electric motor that can deliver an additional 21 hp (16 kW / 21 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque for a short time. This setup enables the crossover to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km / h) in 5.2 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km / h).
We can expect a facelifted 63S with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that pumps 603 hp (450 kW / 611 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. This reduces the time from 0-60 mph (0-96 km / h) to 3.7 seconds, while increasing the maximum speed to 174 mph (280 km / h).
European customers can expect additional variants, including plug-in hybrid and diesel models. Of course, we’ll learn the full details when the GLE coupe makes its expected debut later this year.
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