Mercedes AMG GLE 53: Plug-In Power, Huge Horsepower Boost

More Powerful Than the V8 X5.

A noteworthy change for the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 SUV and Coupe is the appealingly updated plug-in hybrid system. Powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six engine, the GLE 53’s power has surged to 442 hp – an increase of 13 hp from its previous rendition. Together with the 134-hp electric motor, its net output jumps up to 536 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to outstrip the V8 BMW X5 M60i in terms of power.

Not only does it enrich performance, but the GLE 53 Hybrid additionally incorporates a 31.2 kWh battery pack, permitting up to 53 miles of electric operation when using it as an SUV or even 54 miles if configured as a Coupe (noted by the WLTP). On the exacting EPA estimation, the GLE 53 Hybrid should still be capable of journeying around 47 miles on a sole charge. Comparable to the non-AMG GLE PHEV, the GLE 53 Hybrid can speedily recharge at over 60 kW. This will refill the battery from 10% capacity to 80% in just 20 minutes. Additionally, the vehicle is able to plug in and recharge at up to 11 kW through a Level 2 connection.

Unfortunately, there is a consequential addition in mass from this hybrid battery. Mercedes have opted not to reveal the exact weight of the automobile, but through making an evaluation of the acceleration times it can be inferred that it has become heavier. The GLE 53 Hybrid covers 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds which is slower than former model of GLE 53 which had a timing of 4.9 seconds for 0-60 mph. Whilst 60 and 62 mph speeds may not be properly analogous, it can be seen that the variation between the two versions is limited. By contrast, the BMW X5 M60i is more rapid as it can reach 60 mph in less than four seconds meaning it outperforms the GLE 53 Hybrid. The highest velocity of the same is 155 mph although it can manage only 87 mph when in electric mode.

The GLE 53 Hybrid is equipped with the same cosmetic upgrades given to the refashioned 2024 range of GLEs. This specific version features special identifiers, plus an extra vents for cooling present in the front, high performance brakes from AMG and 21-inch wheels.

In order to accommodate its PHEV system’s altered weight dispersion, the AMG Ride Control air suspension has been adjusted through the utilization of revamped hardware and software. This includes fresh buffers in the front struts as well as new shock absorbers on the rear axle. Additionally, AMG even added supplemental sound proofing so as to maintain a serene compartment when operating within electric mode.

The AMG Dynamic Select system is now outfitted with refreshed drive modes in the PHEV form. Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ are all present, with a Smoothness and Individual adjustments also being provided. Additionally, there is a brand-new Electric mode which will only activate the engine when significant acceleration is mandatory, as well as a Battery Hold mode that will avert the state of charge from draining.

Thus far, Mercedes has only released information about the GLE 53 Hybrid for European markets. Consequently, we are obliged to wait for the car’s US release before learning the pricing specifics.

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