Earlier this year, we had the chance to test the Mercedes-AMG GLE43. That time, the GLE43 had a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that was capable of producing an impressive 362 horsepower. We were quite impressed with the six-cylinder mill considering that the car weighed almost 5,000 pounds. Now, the company decided they would give the 2018 model year an extra push of 23 horsepower, now giving it a maximum of 385 horsepower for the “43” model.
The sporty model will still be equipped with the same nine-speed automatic transmission that gives power to the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. But the other GLE models will only be getting a seven-speed gear box. As for performance, we have not heard from Mercedes USA just yet, but we do know that the previous year model could sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 5.6 seconds, while continuing to a top speed of 130 miles per hour (209 kph).
With this performance upgrade, we would naturally expect a price increase as well. The 2018 model year GLE43 now starts at $67,750 MSRP - that is $600 more than its predecessor. If the GLE43 is not fast enough for you, then you can opt for the more powerful GLE63 model that will cost you almost double at $102,550. The “63” model can give out 550 horsepower, or you can even go all out with the 577 horsepower GLE63, which starts at $109,700. These models can now be had with additional wood trims as part of the 2018 upgrade.
In terms of the technology upgrade, Mercedes will be upgrading the GLE’s mbrace Connect package. At the same time, they will give the SUV and some other models the benefit of a remote start function.
As part of the company’s long-term strategy, we should see an all-new GLE at some point next year, alongside a range topping GLE63 that we have already seen spy shots of. Based on the images that surfaced online, the prototype of the midsize SUV looks bigger, but rumours say that it will be lighter in weight compared to the current version - thanks to the new MRA platform. Furthermore, it will likely have a 4.0 liter powertrain instead of the 5.5 liter V8 engine. Sources say that the range topping “63” will arrive for the 2020 model year.
Similarly and just after giving the GL343 some extra power, Mercedes also plans to give the GT and the GT S an additional 13 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary.