The performance variant of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 has arrived with AMG’s Panamerican grille sat in front of a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six rated at 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Aided by a 48-volt electric motor, total output sits at 450 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic. The luxury crossover can sprint to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds en route to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The GLE53 weighs in at 4,700 pounds, which is why Mercedes housed some massive brakes inside the 20-inch alloys. In addition to upgrading the air suspension, transmission and AWD system, AMG also gave the GLE53 an aggressive makeover to match its enhanced performance credentials.
The interior boasts carbon-fiber trim and comes fitted with a MBUX infotainment system including Track Pace telematics for those that intend to track their hi-po SUV. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we expect it to be around $75,000 when it hits showrooms later this year.