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Flash Back Friday: Not just any SUV, Mercedes GLE 450 AMG Tops Performance Numbers

The new V6 top model of the GLE series facilitates impressive driving performance: acceleration, handling and top speed are on a par with those of sports saloons

by  John Clark  | 

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Mercedes-AMG is extending its offering of AMG sports models. The GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC is already the third vehicle in this new line. The power SUV facilitates a further, attractive way of entering the AMG performance world. The hallmark characteristics of the sports models include the enhanced engine output and the higher torque of the 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, the specific AMG suspension, the Sports Direct-Steer system, the nine-stage automatic transmission 9G‑TRONIC and the permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC with the rear-biased torque distribution of 40:60. The new V6 top model of the GLE series facilitates impressive driving performance: acceleration, handling and top speed are on a par with those of sports saloons.

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

The new GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC impresses with agility and sportiness. The immediate and direct implementation of all driving commands, combined with the powerful yet not overpowering sound of the sports exhaust system, create a highly emotive and appealing driving feel.

“With our sports models we are making our sports car technology and the hallmark AMG driving experience accessible to new target groups”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The GLE 450 AMG, the third sports model from AMG after the C 450 AMG and GLE 450 AMG Coupé, is fulfilling our brand promise of Driving Performance in every respect.”

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

The data at a glance:

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC
Engine V6 petrol engine, direct injection, biturbocharging
Displacement 2996 cc
Output 270 kW (367 hp) at 5500-6000 rpm
Peak torque 520 Nm at 2000-4200 rpm
Transmission 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission
Drive system 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
Torque distribution FA/RA 40:60
Length/width/height 4816/1926/1762 mm
Wheelbase 2915 mm
Track width front/rear 1654/1673 mm
Wheels front/rear 9 J x 20 / 9 J x 20
Tyres front/rear 265/45 R 20 / 265/45 R 20
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5.7 s
Top speed 250 km/h
Fuel consumption, NEDC combined 8.6 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 199 g/km
Efficiency class C

With the five drive programmes Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport Plus the characteristics of the new GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC can be modified depending on the driving situation. The interventions occur via numerous parameters such as throttle response, load development, switch points, shift speed, chassis, steering, engine sound or instrumentation.

“Sport” and “Sport Plus” turn the GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC into a sporty, dynamic vehicle with pronounced longitudinal and transverse dynamics for plenty of fun at the wheel on winding stretches of road. In the “Comfort” setting the emphasis is on relaxed, effortlessly superior cruising plus driving power that is as energy-efficient as possible. “Slippery” mode optimises the handling on surfaces with low friction coefficients such as snow or ice. In addition, “Individual” mode enables the driver to programme and store personal preferences in the individual setting parameters, regardless of the engine variant.

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC Interior

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

A perfect combination: 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive and 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission

Depending on the drive programme, the nine-stage automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC changes gears with high agility and responsiveness or effortless calm. The potential of the new transmission is exploited to the full. It offers an impressively high shift speed and perfect transitions for energetic sprinting, as well as gentle, barely perceptible gear shifting for enjoyable travelling. The transmission’s large kingpin inclination enables cruising with the lowest engine speed during relaxed driving. This simultaneously ensures optimum efficiency.

The AMG development engineers have also specifically designed the standard-fit permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC for performance-orientated use in the GLE 450 AMG. The drive torque is distributed in a ratio of 40:60 (front axle:rear axle). This rear-biased configuration raises the lateral dynamics to an above-average level – supported by the perfect interplay with the adapted acceleration skid control ASR, the ESP® with Curve Dynamic Assist and the all-wheel drive control system 4ETS. Also new is the specific AMG rear axle transmission with a shorter ratio of 3.47:1.

Sophisticated chassis: AIRMATIC air suspension with ADS Plus damping system and Sports Direct-Steer system

As standard, the vehicle comes with the AIRMATIC package including an air suspension, infinitely variable adaptive damping system (ADS Plus) and automatic level control. The damping system changes its priorities from highly dynamic to comfort-orientated depending on the drive programme. The current operating conditions are detected via a steering angle sensor, four turning angle sensors and the driving speed from the ESP® signal and the brake pedal switch. The control unit uses these signals for infinitely variable adjustment of the current damping force required for each individual wheel. In “Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode the body is lowered by 15 millimetres.

In combination with the newly configured, degressive Sports Direct-Steer system, the steering ratio of which is very direct at 17.4:1, and the compact sports steering wheel, the handling is outstanding in all operating conditions – whether manoeuvring in the city, at high speeds on the motorway, or with a brisk style of driving on winding mountain passes.

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC

Decidedly sporty design

The sportily striking design makes the enhanced performance discernible at first glance: the two chromed twin tailpipe trims and the black-painted and high-sheen 50.8 cm (20-inch) 5-spoke light-alloy wheels in the dimension 265/45 R 20 plus exclusive trim in black and silver chrome ensure a clear differentiation. On request 5-twin-spoke 53.3 cm (21-inch) light-alloy wheels are also available.

The interior of the GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC is enhanced by the nappa leather sports steering wheel with its flattened bottom section, as well as the trim parts in light longitudinal-grain aluminium and brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs. Sporty round dials on the instrument cluster, including a 280 km/h speedometer scale, signal pure dynamism even while the car is at a standstill. AMG carbon fibre/black piano lacquer trim enhances the appearance of the interior as an additional option.

The standard equipment for the GLE 450 AMG 4MATIC includes (selection):

  • ADAPTIVE BRAKE
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
  • ECO start/stop function
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment in the rear
  • PRE-SAFE® system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • The following appointments are available on request (extract):
  • Two-tone black nappa leather in porcelain/black
  • COMAND Online
  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound high-end surround sound system
  • LED Intelligent Light System
  • DISTRONIC PLUS
  • Driving Assistance package Plus
  • Night package
  • Climatised seats for the driver and front passenger

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