Thursday, June 8

Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 launched. Priced at INR 1.2 crore

Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupe has been launched at a price of INR 1.20 crore. The GLE 53 4Matic+ is also the first-ever 53-Series AMG in India, replacing the earlier Mercedes-AMG GLE 43. Also, this is the debut of the coupe-SUV version of the current-gen GLE.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupe is powered by a 3.0 L, in-line, six-cylinder, twin-turbo petrol engine. The powerhouse is paired with a 48 V mild hybrid system. The addition of this electrical architecture allows the GLE 53 to run a small electrical compressor in harmony with a larger turbo, which makes for more linear responses and reduced lag. Outputs are 435PS at 6,100 rpm and 520 Nm at 1,800-5,800 rpm. The EQ Boost starter-alternator makes an additional 22PS and 250 Nm for short durations.

The engine is mated with a 9-speed transmission and 4Matic AWD, both of which have been specifically tuned by AMG for this application. The GLE 53 can get from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.3s and get to a 250 kmph top-speed.

Debuting the coupe bodystyle for this generation of the Mercedes GLE, the Mercedes-GLE 53 AMG has a 60mm  shorter wheelbase than its counterpart, although this is 20mm more than the previous generation. Evidently, the rear-section is heavily revised with the sharply falling roofline. At the front, there is the Panamericana grille and more prominent bumpers with specific air inlets. Also added are AMG-specific side-skirts and standard 21-inch wheels. The India-spec car further comes standard with the Night Package option, that adds blacked-out exterior trim.

On the inside, AMG has added red contrasting stitching and seatbelts, AMG steering wheel with aluminium paddle shifters, aluminium pedals, AMG seats and specific upholstery options in leather and microfibre. Carbon trim pieces and AMG badging added further to the cabin’s look. Also added are AMG-specific graphics to the MBUX infotainment and the Track Pace data-logger.

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