Fast SUVs are becoming a real market force these days, and the Germans are very much the leaders of the trend. Mercedes has added yet another member to the ranks of the AMG Sport lineup, called the GLE 450 AMG 4Matic.
The new vehicle packs the familiar 3.0-liter V-6 biturbo engine, which is also used in the other two current AMG Sport models. It pushes out a meaty 362 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, plus works with a nine-speed 9G Tronic automatic transmission. As the name indicates, an all-wheel-drive system is included as well, which in normal conditions sends more power to the rear wheels for a sportier feel.
Of course, the AMG goodies don’t stop with just the engine. The GLE 450 AMG comes with a special suspension that’s tuned for better performance, plus the Sports Direct-Steer system to further accentuate the vehicle’s sportier dynamics.
As is the case with many sport utility models these days, the GLE 450 AMG 4Matic comes different drive modes. The five available profiles alter a number of vehicle attributes, like load development, throttle response, chassis response, instrumentation, engine sound, shift speed and switch points.
While it’s no Corvette, the SUV is pretty fast, dashing from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds. It can also reach 155 mph, thanks to electronic limiters. According to Mercedes’ estimates, combined fuel economy is 27.3 mpg.
You can spot the new model and tell it apart from other GLEs by paying attention to some key details. Among them is the black and silver chrome exterior trim, chromed twin tailpipes and the 20-inch five-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in a high-sheen black. If you glimpse the interior, it features a flat-bottom steering wheel, Nappa leather, aluminum trim pieces with a light longitudinal grain and revised dials that are round. The speedometer also goes up to 174 mph.
Interestingly enough, Mercedes is touting this SUV as a gentlemanly performance model. Supposedly, the sports exhaust system has a “powerful yet not overpowering” note.