Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 will replace the current GLE 400 on the U.S. market. The new performance oriented variant is the ninth AMG 43 model in the current Mercedes portofolio.
“The expansion of the AMG lineup underscores the ongoing demand for performance-oriented vehicles, especially for SUVs,” said Branden Coté, AMG Manager. “AMG is well-positioned in the US marketplace due to our nine new AMG 43 vehicles, four of which are performance-oriented SUV models. We will continue to build the AMG brand and portfolio in 2017 with more variants such as the model year 2018 AMG GT R and the GT/GT C Roadsters.”
The new GLE 43 is powered by a biturbo 3.0-litre V6 unit developing 362hp and 384 lb ft of peak torque, as opposed to the 329hp and 354 lb ft of the previous GLE 400 variant. 4Matic is standard, so these ample resources are sent to all four wheels. GLE 43 is also equipped with the new nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 is fitted as standard with the AMG Dynamic Select System, offering five different driving modes – Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, and Slippery. Each one of them alter parameters like suspension stiffness, transmission shift points, throttle mapping and idle speed to fit any condition.
Among other changes made by AMG, we find the re-tuned steering, braking system, sports suspension and throttle mapping, all tailor modified by Mercedes’ sports division in order to take the GLE’s dynamic prowess to new levels.