Mercedes-AMG has launched its GLE 53 4matic+ and GLE 53 4matic+ coupe in South Africa this week. Here's how fast they are, plus how much you can expect to pay.
Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG is taking full advantage of the demand for premium SUVs and has launched even more options for high net worth individuals. The GLE is a large SUV available in 5- or 7-seat configurations, and with a variety of petrol and diesel engines.
For the AMG fans, you're options are restricted to petrol only. Two engines are on offer, the 53 and the 63. The 53-badge is your entry-point into AMG GLE ownership. If you're wanting even more, then look to the 63 S range, complete with biturbo V8 power.
The newcomers are seperated from their lesser siblings with an AMG-specific radiator grille, large wheels (20-22 inch available), flared wheel arches, AMG badging and quad exhausts. Inside, the cabin gains red contrasting topstitching on the upholstery and red seat belts, AMG-specific interior features and controls. There's also an AMG Performance steering wheel in black Nappa leather with red contrasting topstitching and red 12-o'clock marking. Both the GLE 53 and GLE 53 coupe come with the MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific features.
Mercedes-AMG 3.0-litre engine
The engine is a 3.0-litre electrified inline 6-cylinder motor with twin turbocharging and an electric auxiliary compressor. Power is rated at 320 kW and 520 Nm, with power going to a variable all-wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Mercedes-AMG claims a 0-100 kph time of 5.3 seconds and it will run to an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph. The electrification technology is impressive with the EQ Boost starter generator briefly provides an additional 16 kW of output plus 250 Nm of torque and additionally feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system. While fuel economy is unlikely to be high on the typical AMG customer's priorities, Mercedes-AMG claims its new 53 products consume 9.3 L/100 km.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 range features air suspension with sporty spring/damper set-up and adaptive adjustable damping ADS+ (Adaptive Damping System). There are three modes Comfort, Sport and Sport+ available, with additional offroad modes of Trail and Sand, should you wish to take your Mercedes-AMG SUV offroad.
“As the inventors of the performance SUV, it is important to us to continue to lead when it comes to innovations, driving dynamics, individuality and design. The new GLE 53s offer more power than their predecessors, and the Coupé adds style and elegance to our SUV family. Both guarantee a thrilling driving experience,” says Johannes Fritz, Co-CEO for Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars.
How much is the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53?
Mercedes-AMG GLE 4Matic+ R1 837 000
Mercedes-AMG GLE 4Matic+ coupe R1 925 000