The Mercedes GLE Class and AMG GLE ranges are revving up for a major overhaul in 2024, bringing with them a host of updates to the powertrain and a brand-new electrified member of the family. As the entire lineup embraces electrification, most models now boast a 48-volt hybrid system and integrated starter-generator, with unchanged peak outputs ranging from 255 horsepower in the four-cylinder GLE350 to a thunderous 603 in the V-8 AMG GLE63 S.
Not content to rest on its laurels, the AMG GLE53 also receives a larger turbocharger and updated software, which bumps peak torque from 384 to 413 pound-feet and is expected to reduce its 0-60 mph time by a few tenths. Meanwhile, the new GLE400e 4Matic plug-in hybrid combines a 134-hp electric motor with the standard turbo-four gas engine for a combined output of 381 horses. Boasting an 11.0-kW onboard charger and an optional 60.0-kW fast charger, the all-wheel-drive GLE400e is ready to conquer any terrain.
Visually, the updated GLE-class line keeps changes to a minimum, with subtle additions such as chrome accents up front and restyled headlights and taillights. The AMG GLE53, however, gets a bold new front fascia with sporty, “jet-wing” side air intakes, plus an eye-catching AMG badge on the hood. With expanded paint options, including Twilight Blue metallic and Manufaktur Alpine Grey, and new upholstery options, the AMG lineup is sure to turn heads. The GLE63 S also rolls out with 22-inch forged wheels, standard on the coupe and optional on the squareback body style.
In addition to its stylish upgrades, the AMG variants also receive a suite of new standard features, including the AMG Performance exhaust function, MBUX AR for Navigation, PA package, heated and ventilated front seats, and AMG Performance Steering wheel. Meanwhile, the off-road capable GLE580 gains a new off-road package, complete with protection for the underbelly and 1.2 inches of additional ground clearance. With the new “Off-Road” mode, drivers can access a seamless look beneath the front of the vehicle, including the front wheels and steering position, to tackle even the toughest terrain.
Lastly, new trailer technology is being added to the GLE-class lineup, allowing drivers to input and save trailer dimensions for easy maneuvering. The trailer assistant regulates steering angle and speed, helping drivers reverse up to 90 degrees with a trailer in tow.
Pricing for the 2024 Mercedes GLE Class and AMG GLE lineups has yet to be announced but is expected to be released before these models hit dealerships in 2023.
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