Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay Android Auto
Production years: 2023
While its non-AMG sibling, Mercedes-Benz GLE, went through some major changes regarding the drivetrain, the performance SUV was left with the same engine and transmission, which provided plenty of power anyway. But that didn't stop customers from asking why they didn't get more ponies for the new model.
Mercedes-AMG improved the GLE 53's look, keeping the vehicle's image up to date even four years after the model's introduction in 2019. At the front, the Panamericana-grille supported the redesigned company's badge in the middle, which sported a single ring around Mercedes' three-pointed star. In addition, the lower bumper was redesigned, and the side scoops received new inner sides compared with their predecessors. Most importantly, the multibeam LED headlights sported four blocks for the daytime running lights that replaced the previously used double-arrow pattern. Finally, at the back, the car got new lines instead of circles around the inner side of the taillights.
The carmaker replaced the outdated dual-screen on the dashboard with an improved model inside. The same piece of glass served as the cover for both displays—those for the infotainment system and the instrument panel—providing a cohesive appearance. However, only the latter had touchscreen capabilities. As was to be expected, AMG provided brand-specific features for the MBAUX system that provided more details about the settings and performance of the vehicle.
The company fitted a three-liter, inline-six engine under the hood that produced 435 horsepower (429 PS). Power was distributed to all four corners via the nine-speed automatic transmission.