It appears that the 53 may be getting some aesthetic alterations not seen on the 63 model.
This year, as with every before it, a number of cars are due for a refresh. Among them is the Mercedes GLE range of SUVs, which will soon include an electric version too. As important as the EV will be for the marque, we're more interested in Mercedes-AMG's high-horsepower alternatives. We recently received images of the GLE 63 SUV dressed in minimal camouflage, but now we've been offered a look at the slightly less exciting GLE 53 SUV. As with the earlier images of the GLE 63, it appears that Mercedes is currently evaluating the cold-weather performance of its luxury performance SUVs.
Interestingly, while the GLE 63 appears to be retaining the exact same bumpers for the 2023 model as it wears in 2022, the GLE 53 is going a different route, hence the additional camouflage. The GLE 53 will be getting an updated headlight design, with new taillights also being added. As for the body itself, the side intakes in the bumper appear to be gaining additional accents and are now more textured than before while the lower grille seems to have spawned a set of upright supports. At the back, the bumper doesn't appear to have changed, and only the taillights are likely to be altered. Rounded quad exhaust tips confirm that this is the lesser 53 model (the 63 wears squared tips).
We expect the new GLE range, including the AMG 53 and 63 models, to be revealed later this year with their updated looks, but neither are likely to change their powertrains. For the GLE 53 you see here, that means that we can still expect a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six and an EQ Boost electric system. In total, the GLE 53 develops 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, enough to get to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
As for exactly when the refreshed GLE range will be launched at dealerships, we'd bet that it will arrive before the second half of the year.