Details of the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4Matic+ have been revealed this week ahead of an Australian launch late this year.
Powering the new GLE 53 is a 3.0-litre turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine which develops 320kW of power and 520Nm of torque. It also gets the brand’s 48V mild-hybrid technology called EQ Boost. The starter generator can provide an additional 16kW and 250Nm over short bursts. A nine-speed transmission sends drive to all four wheels.
Mercedes-AMG claims a 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 5.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
Also aiding performance is the AMG active ride control suspension which now features new active roll stabilisation with two electro-mechanic actuators as well as fully variable torque distribution.
AMG ride control+ air suspension is also fitted with adaptive adjustable damping ADS+ (adaptive damping system). The three preselect modes – Comfort, Sport and Sport+  are available and joined by two new off-road options – Trail and Sand.
The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering and large-sized high-performance braking system are carried over. Stopping power comes from 400 x 36mm brake disks with two-piston calipers up front and 345 x 25mm with one-piston calipers at the rear.
Design highlights include an AMG-specific 'Panamericana' grille with 15 vertical chromed strips, narrow headlamps and a silver chrome-plated front splitter.
At the rear, a horizontal chromed diffuser strip in the pronounced rear apron and special exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes can be found.
A selection of seven rim variants ranging in size from 20 to 22-inches is available with 20-inch light alloy wheels with AMG lettering fitted as standard.
Internally, there’s artificial leather and microfibre covering the seats, red accents, a black roof liner and an artificial leather dash.
The GLE 53 can also be transformed into a seven-seater with the optional foldable third row of seats and Easy Entry function of the fully electrically adjustable second seat row.
Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is fitted as standard. It can also be enhanced with the optional AMG track pace system which enables up to 80 vehicle-specific data as well as times on closed routes outside of the public traffic area to be recorded and analysed in detail.
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4Matic+ is expected to launch in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2019. Local specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to the launch date. Stay tuned!
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