You can enjoy the power of the new AMG 53 engine in two GLE forms. The first is the GLE SUV, an imposing luxury seven-seater with 630 litres of boot space that expands to 2,055 litres when the second and third row seats are down. Then there’s the GLE Coupé. This has a coupé-like roofline that’s claimed to cut wind resistance by nine percent compared with the previous GLE Coupé, and a wheelbase that’s some 60mm shorter than the SUV. As it’s not a seven-seater it offers 655 litres of boot space that expand to 1790 litres.​

Both models feature the distinctive AMG grille with vertical vanes, 20” AMG alloy wheels, AMG body styling and diffuser-style rear apron. Side panels carry a small ‘Biturbo 4MATIC+’ badge while the front brake callipers feature AMG lettering. To say they stand out from the crowd would be an understatement; both models express SUV power and prestige in strikingly different forms. ​​


The 3.0-litre straight-six engine in the GLE 53 has two forms of forced induction. One is an exhaust-driven turbocharger. The other is an electric compressor, part of an innovative 48V system that also includes the EQ Boost starter-alternator. Its function is to respond instantaneously to throttle inputs, faster than a conventional turbo, giving the AMG 53 the ability to react in an eye-blink to driver inputs. Power figures are 435hp and 520Nm, but the EQ Boost electric starter-alternator can add a further 22hp and 250Nm of torque for a brief period; the same device also enables smooth stop-start and coasting technology. ​​

Acceleration from 0-62mph takes just 5.3 seconds whether you choose the Coupe or SUV body style, with 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive apportioning torque to the wheels with the most grip. AMG Ride Control+ air suspension offers three damping settings, Comfort, Sport and Sport+, allowing you to fine tune your preferred drive characteristics. ​​


Both the SUV and Coupé are equipped with Traffic Sign Assist, Active Braking Assist and Lane-Keeping Assist. Mercedes Me Connect includes emergency call system (eCall), accident recovery, breakdown and maintenance management. If a collision cannot be avoided, then Pre-Safe gets airbags and seat-belts ready to do their job.​​

The optional Driving Assistance package (standard on Premium Plus models) includes semi-autonomous features such as Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Cross-Traffic Assist as well as Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control. ​​


The widescreen MBUX infotainment system is standard equipment in the AMG 53 4MATIC+, offering a choice of touchscreen or voice-activated control. Among the unique AMG features is a choice of three display styles, ‘Classic’, ‘Progressive’ or ‘Sport’, while the 12.3” instrument cluster also includes the AMG Racetimer and start-up display. Augmented navigation, live traffic information, smartphone integration and wireless charging are among the many standard features. Active Parking Assist with its 360° camera can automatically steer the vehicle into parking spaces. ​​