Mercedes-Benz redesigned its mid-size SUV for 2020, but something was missing from the GLE lineup: a performance-oriented AMG version. Not anymore; the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and with performance goodies galore — starting with a quick boost system that adds extra horsepower at launch.
Power for the GLE 53 comes from a 429-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder and nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive is standard. Like other new Mercedes vehicles, the GLE 53 uses a 48-volt light-hybrid system that can recuperate energy and give some electric boost to help acceleration. Thanks to the model’s electric auxiliary compressor, the 48-volt electrical system and EQ Boost starter-generator, Mercedes says the model benefits from an extra 21 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque on demand, which is enough to launch it from zero-to-60 mph in 5.2 seconds.