The new kid on the block for the automaker the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 was just revealed. With a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, it has 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, it’s 44 horsepower more than the GLE 43, and 121 horsepower less than the GLE 63. However, this vehicle has some special options with the EQ Boost starter-generator showcased between the engine and nine-speed transmission, plus the 48-volt electrical system. It gets the 21 extra horsepower and 184 lb-ft increase from the on demand quick boost from an auxiliary compressor combined with the e-motor.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the the Board off Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, stated, “with the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridized future with a leading-edge combination of sport design, performance and efficiency. The basis for this is a contemporary drive configuration in the form of a six-cylinder in-line engine with electric auxiliary compressor, EQ Boost Starter-alternator and 48 V on-board electrical system. The very spontaneous response to accelerator pedal input, the precision and the design focusing on driving dynamics are hallmark features of AMG. As such we are providing an additional lifestyle-oriented customer group with a further attractive offering from Affalterbach.”
The distinguishing features include a twin-blade radiator grille, a chrome-accented front apron A-wing design, AMG-specific side sill panels, AMG lettering on the 20-inch allow wheels, the rear apron with diffuser inserts, and round exhaust tailpipe trim with high-gloss chrome elements. On the interior, it features black seats with red stitching and red seatbelts. The MBUX infotainment system is standard, with several options of screen size paired with the AMG-exclusive menus.
This Mercedes-AMG comes with the basic five drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Slipper, and Individual, but added are the special Offroad modes: Trail and Sand. With Trail and Sand mode, the digital instrument display shows slope, incline and level gauges. This model also features the flexibility to raise the vehicle 2.17 inches at the touch of a button. This is a great feature seen in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and some Ram 1500 models to help with offroad terrain and clearance.
Back to being on the road, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 53 has Basic, Advanced and Pro Level for the AMG Dynamic Select menu to control the all-wheel-drive and ESP. The high performance brake system with silver calipers and black AMG lettering provides excellent stopping power with 15.7-inch front rotors and 13.6-inch rear rotors. Pricing is expected to be between the GLE 43’s base of $68,150, and the GLE 63’s base of $103,050. More details will be available at the Geneva Motor Show.
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