Mercedes-AMG has released pricing and specification for its first-ever GLE 53 SUV, which combines a punchy twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
Priced at $166,700 before on-road costs, the GLE 53 five-door wagon comes in above the $124,400 GLE 400d, but expect to see the hardcore 63 variant land later this year as the range-topper.
With a total system output of 320kW/520Nm and drive sent to all wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission, the GLE 53 will accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds, while the mild-hybrid EQ Boost set-up keeps fuel consumption to 9.4 litres per 100km.
Aside from its potent performance, the GLE 53 also scores a number of AMG goodies such as an active exhaust, performance brakes, Panamericana front grille, adjustable air suspension, steering tune and sports seats.
Standard equipment includes a Burmester sound system, 21-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, illuminated door sills, wireless smartphone charger, heated front seats, 64-colour ambient lighting and head-up display.
MBUX technology handles multimedia duties, displayed across a 12.3-inch touchscreen, which sports satellite navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support and voice recognition controls.
Instrumentation is also displayed on a 12.3-inch screen with added AMG-specific graphics and readouts.
As for safety gear, the GLE 53 packs a surround-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, tyre pressure monitoring and traffic sign recognition as standard.
Options include a night a Night Package that adds high-gloss black details, and an AMG Active Ride Control package, which adds active roll stabilisation and variable torque distribution.