At a glance, you see the GLE 450 AMG resembling a low-profiled Crossover SUV along with the unmistakable signature front grille, headlights and bumper with black-mesh inserts. The side has an athletic pose with a low slung silhouette to go along with the high-sheen 50.8 cm (20-inch) 5-spoke light-alloy wheels in the dimension 265/45 R 20, plus exclusive trim in black and silver chrome. Option of 55.3 cm, 21-inch wheels is also available. From the rear, the signature LED taillights and two chromed twin tailpipes incorporated in the chiselled lower bumper give the Crossover a further athletic capabilities.
Interior-wise, the GLE 450 AMG is enhanced by the nappa leather sports steering wheel with its flattened bottom section, as well as the trim parts in light longitudinal-grain aluminium and brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs. Sporty round dials on the instrument cluster, including a 280 km/h speedometer scale, signal pure dynamism even while the car is at a standstill. AMG carbon fiber/black piano lacquer trim enhances the appearance of the interior as an additional option.
To go together with the powerful 3.0-liter V6, the GLE 450 AMG offers five drive programmed modes: Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport Plus. These modes operates to intervene with the throttle response, load development, switch points, shift speed, chassis, steering, engine sound or instrumentation. The “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes, especially, turn the GLE 450 AMG into a sporty, dynamic vehicle with pronounced longitudinal and transverse dynamics for plenty of fun at the wheel on winding stretches of road. Moreover, the GLE 450 AMG, when on Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode, is lowered by 15 mm, and when combined with the Sports-Direct Steer, handling of the car is expected to be outstanding in all conditions.
Depending on the drive program, the nine-stage automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC changes gears with high agility and responsiveness or effortless calm. As standard, the vehicle comes with the AIRMATIC package including an air suspension, infinitely variable adaptive damping system (ADS Plus) and automatic level control.
AMG has also specifically designed the standard-fit permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC for performance-orientated use in the GLE 450 AMG. The drive torque is distributed in a ratio of 40:60 (front axle:rear axle). This rear-biased configuration raises the lateral dynamics to an above-average level, supported by the perfect interplay with the adapted acceleration skid control ASR, the ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist and the all-wheel drive control system 4ETS. Also new is the specific AMG rear axle transmission with a shorter ratio of 3.47:1.