There was a time when a car bearing an AMG plate was revered as much for its performance as it was for its uniqueness. Things have changed dramatically over at Affalterbach, with upto 34 models under the Mercedes-AMG brand for the year 2017. It’s like almost every model other than the base and mid-range trims are now placed under the AMG43 designation, with eight such already positioned between the standard Mercedes-Benz vehicles and the top performance AMG 45, AMG 63 and AMG 65 versions.
Now, the ninth model with the 43 designation has been announced. The GLE 43, which will replace the GLE 400, will be powered by the same 3.0-litre biturbo V6 that’s under the bonnet of the GLC 43 Coupe. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the turbo-six is good for 362bhp and 520Nm of torque. The GLE 43 comes equipped with all-wheel drive as standard, along with AMG-specific steering, suspension and brakes. It also gets a few visual upgrades on the outside, mainly a few more aggressive elements up front and at the rear, while the cabin sports seats and trims that are not available in standard models along with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The GLE 43 SUV also features the AMG Dynamic Select system that offers driver-selectable Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, and Slippery modes that alter suspension stiffness, gear shift points, throttle mapping and idle speed in accordance with the chosen mode. A host of active and passive safety features are also included, such as Attention Assist and Pre-safe, which anticipates a collision and takes measures to protect occupants seconds before impact, by tightening front seat belts, raising side windows and closing the sunroof. Other features that come standard include radar-based cruise control system with semi-autonomous steering inputs, Cross Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Protection among others.
There’s no word yet on pricing, but the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 is likely to make an official debut early next year.