Customers who want a big, powerful SUV and can keep their eco conscience (well, at least partly) at bay, now have a new choice: the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4Matic+.
The automaker has announced that European buyers can already place orders for the hybrid SUV that will arrive in dealerships in November. Prices in Germany start from €85,501.50 ($94,725 at today’s exchange rates), including VAT. Details about the U.S. market are not available just yet.
For this amount of money, the GLE 53 offers as standard the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable AWD system and the AMG Ride Control+ air suspension with the electromechanical roll stabilization AMG Active Ride Control.
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The 2020 GLE 53 also packs more power than its predecessor: 435 PS (429 HP) and 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) of torque from a mild-hybrid twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline engine paired to an electric auxiliary compressor.
When needed, the EQ Boost starter-generator electric motor adds 22 hp and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque while also feeding the 48-volt on-board electrical system. Mated to the standard AMG Speedshift TCT 9-speed automatic transmission, the engine enables the performance SUV to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The GLE 53 differentiates itself from lesser versions thanks a the beefier body kit featuring an AMG-specific radiator grille with 15 vertical struts, more aggressive bumpers with bigger air intakes at the front and a diffuser flanked by quad exhausts at the rear, as well as unique alloys.
Inside, there’s upgraded equipment including the Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment system with the largest displays, a leather-wrapped AMG Performance steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, and hallmark red accents throughout the cabin.