2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC SUV Makes Debut


Mercedes has unveiled the SUV version of the 2016 GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC, a more practical alternative to the “coupe” version that came out earlier this year.

The third new model in the Mercedes-AMG lineup, the GLE 450 will be offered with the same powertrain as its coupe sibling, a biturbo 3.0L V6 with 367 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. Power will go to all four wheels via a nine-speed transmission, and will be split 40:60 with a bias to the rear wheels to enhance handling.

Top speed is rated at 155 mph and Mercedes claims a zero-to-62-mph time of just 5.7 seconds. The SUV, like the coupe, will also come with five driving modes: Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport+.

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The GLE 450 comes standard with Mercedes’ AIRMATIC air suspension, variable adaptive damping system, and automatic level control. Visually, the SUV gets more aggressive body panels, dual chromed tail pipes, 20-inch five-spoke wheels, and exclusive trim.

Of course, the SUV will be packed with technology: adaptive braking, attention assist, collision prevention assist, start/stop, pre-safe and crosswind assist all come standard. Optional features include Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, driving assistance package, and climatized front seats.

Fuel economy is rated at an optimistic combined 32.8 mpg. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC has not yet been announced.

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