In the aforementioned way that barrage consistently follows lightning, added able AMG-tuned models consistently chase their mellower Mercedes-Benz counterparts. In this case, that happens to be the GLE-class auto and SUV. Both anatomy styles are offered with turbocharged engines that accomplish 429 application on the six-cylinder GLE53 and 603 horses on the twin-turbo V-8–powered GLE63 S. While the closing is actually bonkers, it’s additionally abundant added big-ticket than its beneath able sibling. Still, both bear absurd levels of affluence and endless of high-tech features. The coupe’s polarizing appearance will acceptable avert as abounding shoppers as it attracts, but it’s meant to attempt with rivals such as the BMW X6 M. The squareback AMG another will amuse traditionalists with its added practicality. Regardless, anniversary 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE-class will allay alive enthusiasts who appetite a high-riding crossover SUV.
The all-new 2021 GLE-class is aback and badder than ever. Based on the new Mercedes-Benz GLE-class SUV, these high-performance models accompany a college akin of affluence forth with fire-breathing engines.
Despite our power-hungry desires, we accede that the AMG GLE53 is a abundant bigger value. It’s additionally still absolutely quick and fun to drive. We’d save our money and stick with the added accepted SUV version. Black and Polar White are the alone no-cost acrylic options, and we’d brace the added adverse blush with the AMG Night amalgamation that includes blacked-out exoteric trim. The aflame brilliant is a accurate alone option, and we’d additionally dress up the autogenous with nappa leather. The alternative acrimonious council caster will accumulate our easily warm, and the Acoustic Comfort amalgamation helps accumulate the berth abandoned from the alfresco world. The soft-close doors and four-zone altitude arrangement annular out our selections.
The 2021 GLE53 and GLE63 S are actual agnate except for their alterity in power. They both allotment a nine-speed automatic manual and accepted 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Likewise, their gas engines are supplemented by an electric supercharger that’s powered by a 48-volt electrical system. It helps the GLE53’s turbocharged six-cylinder accomplish 429 horsepower, and it helps accomplish 603 horses with the twin-turbo V-8 begin on the GLE63 S. Both GLE models additionally affection a ambush abeyance that consists of an air-bag arrangement accompanying with alive anti-roll confined that’s said to accommodate corner-carving capabilities afterwards sacrificing ride quality. We’ve apprenticed the GLE53 auto and begin that it had affluence of ability and aesthetic alive manners. Afterwards rocketing about in the GLE63 S, we can affirm that it’s aloof as counterbalanced over the alley and about corners as its less-powerful sibling, but it feels abundant quicker (and sounds abundant louder) aback we brew its gas pedal to absolve its bent acceleration.
The EPA estimates that the GLE63 S models will acknowledgment 15 mpg burghal and 19 mpg artery but the GLE53 variants are added fuel-efficient. Those six-cylinder models both backpack a burghal appraisement of 18 mpg but the squareback is rated for 23 mpg artery while the auto is acceptable for 22 mpg. On our 75-mph artery ammunition abridgement analysis route, the GLE53 auto delivered an absorbing 26 mpg. The squareback GLE63 S additionally outperformed its government appraisal in our testing at 22 mpg.
Inside, two behemothic agenda displays boss the dashboard of every 2021 GLE-class. The autogenous bound are sportier than the accepted Benz models, though, as the AMG versions appear with action seats with red allegory stitching, a action council wheel, red seatbelts, and aluminum accents. Their berth is spacious, too, alike in the aback seat. A third row of seats is additionally optional. Both the GLE53 and GLE63 S action the aforementioned burden amplitude as the Mercedes-Benz GLE450 we tested, which agency they’ll accept amplitude for a whopping 11 attache accoutrements abaft the additional row of seats and, with the rear seats stowed, allowance for up to 26 cases in total.
Twin 12.3-inch infotainment displays boss the GLE’s dashboard and, aloof as in bottom Benz-branded GLE-classes, the AMG models abutment the latest MBUX software interface. The disciplinarian and front-seat commuter can collaborate with the arrangement via the touchscreen or by utilizing the center-console army clickwheel or artlessly adage “Hey Mercedes” again giving a articulation command. We’ve begin the arrangement to be a bit bulky to use, but owners should acclimatize afterwards a few weeks abaft the wheel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto affiliation is standard, as is a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Neither the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) accept appear crash-test after-effects for the 2021 GLE-class. However, every archetypal offers countless driver-assistance features, including a semi-autonomous alive mode. Key assurance appearance include:
Mercedes-AMG’s accepted assurance behavior aren’t annihilation special. Furthermore, they action aught adulatory appointed maintenance, clashing BMW and Audi, which both action such a perk.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED $134,235 (base price: $114,945)
ENGINE TYPE twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 243 in3, 3982 cm3Power 603 hp @ 6500 rpmTorque 627 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 9-speed automatic
CHASSIS Abeyance (F/R): ascendancy arms/multilinkBrakes (F/R): 16.0-in vented, cross-drilled, acclimatized disc/14.6-in vented, cross-drilled, acclimatized discTires: Yokohama Advan Action V107, F: 285/40R-22 110Y MO1 R: 325/35R-22 114Y MO1
DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 117.9 inLength: 195.0 inWidth: 79.4 inHeight: 70.2 inPassenger volume: 111 ft3Cargo volume: 33 ft3Curb weight: 5568 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS 60 mph: 3.4 sec100 mph: 8.5 sec130 mph: 15.0 sec150 mph: 22.1 secRolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 secTop gear, 30–50 mph: 2.9 secTop gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec1/4 mile: 11.9 sec @ 117 mphTop acceleration (mfr’s claim): 174 mphBraking, 70–0 mph: 161 ftBraking, 100–0 mph: 321 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.91 gStanding-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY Observed: 15 mpg75-mph artery driving: 22 mpgHighway range: 490 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST) Combined/city/highway: 17/15/20 mpg
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