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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe breaks cover




Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the GLE 53 Coupe which is set to join the regular SUV range in showrooms when it arrives in Australia in Q2 2020.

Powered by a 3.0-litre mild hybrid inline six developing 320kW and 521Nm of torque, the engine gets an overboost function provided by the EQ Boost starter-alternator, which puts an extra 16kW and 250Nm through the powertrain.

As a result, the GLE 53 Coupe will hit 100km/h in 5.3 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250km/h.

Drive is directed to all wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission and rear-biases 4Matic+ AWD system that promises optimum torque distribution.

It also gets AMG Ride Control+ air suspension with adaptive dampers that lowers the Coupe by 15mm in Sport+ mode, as well as when travelling over 120km/h in Comfort mode. AMG says the system can adjust the dampers up to 1000 times per second.

There are also electronic actuators at the front and rear axles that actively counteract unwanted bodyroll during cornering to improve handling.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has yet to announce the pricing but expect it to land from about $140,000.

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