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Mercedes-Benz GLE Gains AMG 53 Treatment

Mercedes-Benz GLE Gains AMG 53 Treatment

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE isn’t even on the market yet, but that isn’t stopping the folks at Mercedes-AMG from revealing a new variant of the SUV. Mercedes-AMG has revealed the Mercedes-AMG GLE53, which will offer V-8 like power with the efficiency of a six-cylinder.

The AMG 53 formula is one we know pretty well already after first debuting on the 2019 CLS53. The basis of this AMG is Mercedes’ 3.0-liter inline-six, which has two turbochargers on it and is paired with a 48-volt electrical architecture. Known as EQ Boost, the 48-volt power system allows the inline-six to be supplied supplemental electric power to boost efficiency and output.

AMG says the GLE53 will offer 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque that will funnel through a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel-drive system. AMG has also specifically tuned the GLE’s air suspension for performance and upsized the brakes to tame the added power versus the base GLE.

From a design perspective, the GLE53 is sporting a very large version of AMG’s iconic Panamericana grille design and more aggressive lower fascia. Around back quad-tip exhaust outlets remind everyone this isn’t the mainstream GLE.

Inside AMG has slotted in a new steering wheel and added AMG-specific screens to the GLE’s massive displays. Other AMG bits, such as red seatbelts and red stitching, will also be offered.

Sadly, Mercedes says the GLE53 will not arrive to market until late 2020. By then you can expect a twin-turbo V-8 powered GLE63 to debut as well.



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    I do like this trend back to straight sixes. Wonder if Ford might go that direction and consolidate it's three, four and six cylinder engines into a modular family. Given that's where there volume is, it could save a ton of engineering resources.
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