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Looking for a German-engineered SUV built here in America? Then the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is for you. This mid-sized SUV is new to the Mercedes-Benz family. Sleek and chiseled, it’s based on the M-Class SUV, sharing interior design cues, wheelbase and some powertrain configurations. There are two variations of the GLE Coupe: The GLE450 AMG and the AMG GLE63 S Coupe.

The base GLE450 AMG comes with a 3.0L biturbo V-6 that makes 362 hp and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. A new 9-speed automatic transmission is mated to this engine as is all-wheel drive. Want to take that corner faster? The GLE450 AMG is equipped with Curve Dynamic Assist and Active Curve System for sharper, quicker cornering. And if you are someone who enjoys customizing how their vehicle rides, powertrain can be adjusted by using the Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Slippery and Individual modes on the console. The AMG GLE63 S is powered by a handcrafted 5.5L AMG biturbo V-8 that blasts you down the highway from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds using 577 horsepower.

The GLE Coupe includes a host of advanced safety technologies, including Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which autonomously brakes to avoid a collision; Pre-Safe Plus, which prepares the vehicle for front, rear and rollover accidents, and Distronic Plus, which pairs adaptive cruise control with steering assist to automatically adapt your speed to the vehicle in front of you. Both GLE models also come equipped with Attention Assist, which continuously monitors up to 70 parameters of driving behavior, and automatically alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. Available Parking Assist sizes up the space you want to park in, backs in automatically, and even pulls out when it’s time to leave.

The interior doesn’t skimp on luxury, as is the Mercedes-Benz standard. The seating surfaces are leather and the rear seat features a 60/40 split. Both driver and passenger front seats include heat and memory settings. Convenience features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, retractable luggage cover, power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, garage door opener and power-folding side mirrors are standard, as is an infrared-remote window opening and closing feature. The infotainment system is powered by an 8-inch touch screen and a new touchpad controller on the console, and an optional Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ premium sound system turns the optional Rear Seat Entertainment system’s dual screens, multiple inputs, and wireless headsets/remotes into a mobile theater. The GLE Coupe can also be turned into a mobile WiFi hotspot.

To test drive the new GLE Coupe, stop by Mercedes-Benz of Tucson.


Mercedes-Benz new generation of in-vehicle services, mbrace2™, brings social media to your car. Many of the new features can be managed directly from your smartphone or computer. mbrace2™ is standard on all 2013 Mercedes-Benz vehicles that you can find at Mercedes-Benz Tucson, excluding the S-Class and CL-Class. The new features include:

1.      Valet Protect

This feature allows you to set up a virtual boundary using your smartphone when you leave your keys with a parking attendant or valet. If the car leaves the boundaries you have set up, Valet Protect will notify you by sending a text message to your phone.

2.      Route2Benz

Need directions? Find your ideal route to your destination using Google Maps and send it directly to your COMAND navigation system via your phone or your computer. This feature will copy the exact route, not just the destination.

3.      Remote Horn & Lights

Ever wandered around a parking lot trying to remember where you parked? No more! Use your smartphone or the mbrace website to set off the horn and flash lights for five seconds so you can easily spot your car. This feature is also perfect for calling attention to your vehicle during an emergency.

4.      Family Driver Monitoring

Have a new driver in your household? Use these monitoring features to set safety boundaries and track your new driver. Now you can feel comfortable when they drive away with these new mbrace2™ features.

Driving Journal

Track your Mercedes-Benz on an online map. The map shows exactly where your car has been.

Travel Zones

Only want your new driver going to school and the store? Create virtual boundaries and be notified if they are crossed.

Speed Alert

Have a speedy driver? Set up speed limits online and receive notifications when they are exceeded.

 5.     In-Vehicle Internet

mbrace2™ brings the Internet to your dashboard! Browse the Internet using the COMAND navigation system of your Mercedes-Benz, but only while you are parked.

Google Local Search

Google goes wherever you go with mbrace2™. Features enable you to use Google’s Street View and Panoramio to view your destinations, call listed phone numbers and start navigation as easy as 1-2-3. You can even save search results for future reference.


Access consumer reviews of local restaurants and businesses all from your Mercedes-Benz. Find something with raving reviews? Navigate directly there with just one click.


Now you can stay connected while on the road. Update your status, check in at locations and see where your friends have checked in. Want to join them? This feature allows you to find them.


You no longer have to feel “out of the loop” while on the road. Get up-to-date information on local and world news with mbrace2™. Find something interesting? Share it with your friends on Facebook or via email using your car.

Want more information? Visit your Mercedes-Benz dealer today.


Mercedes-Benz has recently announced that it will be adding a new face to promote their 2013 GL-Class, 2012 Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer. The campaign, which is launching just in time for the 2012 US Open, will include television, social media, events and print ads, entitled “Many Rogers”.

While Roger Federer has been with the brand since 2010 an ambassador for Mercedes-Benz China since 2008, the new campaign, for the first time, will focus solely on Federer. The Many Rogers ads will use self-effacing humor while following the tennis star through his tasks in his everyday life. The ads will focus on his roles as World Class Athlete, International Celebrity, Tennis Idol and Dad.

Mercedes-Benz print campaign will launch at the end of August. It features a four-color execution and reads, “Proud holder of 16 Majors, 74 Singles Titles and twin daughters.” The title was chosen by Roger Federer Facebook fans during a contest that ran in June, according to Mercedes. While Roger uses other tag lines for the GL like, “full-sized, seven-passenger Mercedes to fit your many lifestyles,” as said in the commercial.

Mercedes-Benz Tucson fans can watch the commercial here, or check it out on ESPN during the US Open.

The new GL model lineup for 2013 ranges from the turbodiesel GL350, which features BlueTEC technology and has an output of 240 hp and 455 lb-ft or torque to the high-performance GL63 AMG which has 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque and is powered by a hand-build AMG 5.5-liter biturbo, direct injection V8. Between these two contrasting models are the popular GL450 (362 hp, 406 lb.-ft.) and GL550 (429 hp, 516 lb.-ft.), both equipped with new direct-injection biturbo V8 engines.

Mercedes-Benz believes that Mr. Federer’s personal brand is a perfect match for the company, both being described as pristine and timeless. Roger has recently won his 7th Wimbledon title, regained his No. 1 ranking, and proven his dominance on the tennis court is to be as lasting as a Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes is also planning several fan experiences at the US Open including a display of the concept-style coupe. This experience will be accompanied by a Photo Station at the Mercedes-Benz Brand Center located at the USTA Tennis Center.

Mercedes-Benz has also announced that there will be multiple behind-the-scenes elements including footage of making the TV commercial, tournament updates, and the actual GL vehicles. The behind-the-scenes extras will be posted to both Roger’s Facebook and MBUSA’s Facebook pages.

For more information on Roger Federer check out his Facebook page, for more information on his partnership with Mercedes-Benz or on the new 2013 GL-Class head down to your Arizona Mercedes-Benz dealer.