Mercedes-AMG’s long-awaited performance offering for the GLE generation has reached South African shores, with the GLE 53 4MATIC+ and GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé set to liven up the mid-size SUV market with a combination of head-turning looks and scorching performance.
At the heart of the new AMG GLE 53 is a 320 kW 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine, which is good for a 5.3 second 0-100km/h sprint, thanks to fully variable all-wheel drive and an agile 9-speed automatic transmission.
Sporting the AMG-specific radiator grille the wheel arches, in the same colour as the car, provide space for the large 20-inch light alloy wheels with AMG lettering, which comes as standard. There are seven rim variants available, from 20 to 22 inch.
The new GLE 53s offer more power than their predecessors, and the Coupé adds style and elegance to our SUV family– Johannes Fritz, Co-CEO for Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars
“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.
An SUV highlight is the optional, foldable third row of seats, which make the GLE 53 4MATIC+ a seven-seater. Thanks to the Easy Entry function of the fully electrically adjustable second seat row, the two rearmost passengers can conveniently reach their seats.
The luxurious, sporty look and feel typical of the AMG brand continue through the high-quality interior. Characteristic colour highlights such as red contrasting topstitching on the upholstery and red seat belts ensure a thoroughly sporty ambience with a dynamic and exclusive touch. AMG-specific interior features and controls lend a typical AMG atmosphere to the cockpit and support the sporty, precise handling.
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ is priced from: R1 837 000
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is priced from: R1 925 000
Technical data at a glance:
|Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+||Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé|
|Combustion engine output (kW)||320||320|
|Output from EQ Boost (kW)||16||16|
|Max. torque Combustion engine (Nm)||520||520|
|max. EQ Boost torque (Nm)||250||250|
|Fuel consumption, combined (l/100 km)||9,3*||9.3*|
|Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)||212*||212*|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||5.3||5.3|
|Top speed (km/h)||250**||250**|
|Retail Price||R1 837 000||R1 925 000|