Mercedes‑AMG is upgrading its successful GLE SUV and Coupé model series in readiness for the next model cycle. From the front, they can be recognised by the newly designed LED daytime running lights. The ’53’ models also get a revised front apron with expressively shaped side air intakes in jet‑wing design. Thanks to this powerful appearance, they move visually closer to the eight‑cylinder models. The rear features revised LED tail lamps. Two new colours have been added to the paint range: alpine grey uni and sodalite blue metallic. In addition, the front fascia now also bears the AMG emblem instead of the Mercedes star – a hallmark for all future AMG vehicles. The new 22‑inch forged wheel in a ten‑twin‑spoke design comes as standard on the GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé (combined fuel consumption 12.7–12.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 287‑280 g/km)13 and is available as an option for the other models.
Fresh colours for the seat upholstery
In the interior of the GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé (combined fuel consumption 10.5–10.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 239–232 g/km)13 and the two ’63’ models, the AMG seats are only available with leather upholstery. New here is the colour scheme in bahia brown/black or macchiato beige/black. For the trim elements, lime wood in high-gloss brown is now also available as an option. AMG Carbon Fibre or MANUFAKTUR high-gloss black piano lacquer with decorative lines are also available on request. The new Mercedes‑AMG GLE models also benefit from the latest generation of MBUX: the AMG-specific screen design makes the brand experience even more immediate.
Significantly more extensive standard equipment
Another important aspect here is the offer logic, which is very precisely geared to frequently expressed customer wishes. As a result, the standard equipment is significantly more extensive than it was for the previous model. In the case of the GLE 53 4MATIC+ SUV (combined fuel consumption 10.7‑10.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 244‑234 g/km)13, it already includes the electric panoramic sliding sunroof, heated front seats, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and Smartphone Integration. Among this model’s further features are the engageable AMG Performance exhaust system, the Burmester sound system, the Memory Package, the 360‑degree Parking Pilot, the KEYLESS‑GO Package and Blind Spot Assist. The latest generation of the AMG Performance steering wheel is also always on board. The round AMG steering wheel buttons impress with their brilliant displays and intuitive operating logic. They allow important driving functions and all driving modes to be controlled without the driver’s hands leaving the steering wheel. The steering wheel rim can be heated as an option, and is also available in a carbon fibre look.
In the GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, the standard equipment is even more lavish: here, climate control for the front seats, the MBUX Augmented Reality function and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are also included in the standard specification. This configuration ex works also applies to the GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV (combined fuel consumption 12.8–12.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 291‑282 g/km)13. In the GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé, customers can also enjoy the benefits of the AIR‑BALANCE Package, the multi‑contour front seats and the head‑up display. Additional standard features include the MBUX Interior Assistant, temperature-controlled cupholders and the logo projector with AMG-specific animation when the front doors are opened.
Electrified motors and modified suspension
The GLE 53 4MATIC+ combines sportiness with a high level of everyday practicality. The exterior exudes more hallmark AMG class than ever. The basis for the sporty driving experience is provided by the unchanged 320 kW (435 hp) 3.0‑litre inline six‑cylinder engine with twin turbochargers. With the help of a software update and a larger turbocharger, the AMG development department increased the maximum torque from 520 Nm to 560 Nm. Furthermore, the engine now responds to driving commands with extra spontaneity and added agility. Acceleration from zero to 100 km is also more dynamic at 5.0 seconds (previously 5.3 seconds).
The GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ stands for pure AMG Driving Performance – whatever the terrain. It appeals to customers who have no desire to compromise. Here, extreme sportiness meets good off‑road driving characteristics and reliable operation in everyday life. In the ’63’ models, the proven AMG 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine with an output of 450 kW (612 hp) ensures powerful propulsion. As an option, customers of the ’53’ models can also order the suspension of the GLE 63 S 4MATIC+. Fine-tuning of the software for the configuration of the ESP®, the electronically controlled rear‑axle limited-slip differential, the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all‑wheel drive and the suspension control system delivers a dynamic and superior driving experience for all models.
Both engines are electrified by means of an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and a 48‑volt electrical system. The ISG combines starter and alternator in one powerful electric motor and is installed between the engine and the transmission. The ISG also performs hybrid functions. These include boosting, recuperation, load point shifting, sailing and the almost imperceptible restarting of the engine during the start/stop function.
Also common to all AMG GLE models are the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all‑wheel drive and the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with adaptive adjustable damping. AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL active roll stabilisation is fitted as standard in the ’63’ models and is available as an option for the ’53’ models. It works with two electromechanical actuators on the front and rear axles. The system reduces body roll when cornering and allows more precise tuning of the turn‑in ability and load change behaviour. Ride comfort during straightline driving is also improved, because any excitations caused by uneven road surfaces on one side are balanced out. As part of the facelift, the roll stabilisation and air suspension also benefited from a software update and a new set-up. These measures increase the spread between dynamic handling and comfort.