Here’s How Mercedes Will Bridge the Gap Between the Mercedes-AMG 53 and the GLE 63
Is Merc about to announce a brand-new addition to the GLE lineup?by Jonathan Lopez, on
Mercedes’ SUV stable is about to get just a little bit more fleshed out, as rumor has it the German brand is working on a new addition to the GLE lineup that’s set to slot in between the GLE 53 and the immensely powerful, yet to be announced GLE 63. It might be called the GLE 580, and it could drop sometime very soon.
Fill The Gap
Mercedes just revealed the freshly updated 2020 GLE late last year. Framed as a premium mid-size SUV, the latest iteration is offered with two engine options.
Kicking it off is the GLE 350, which arrives with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Above that is the GLE 450, which comes with a turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder and mild-hybrid EQ system, all of which combine to produce 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Drivetrain options include rear-wheel drive and 4Matic all-wheel drive.
Then there’s the new AMG GLE 63 high-performance SUV, which is still on the way, but when it does arrive, it’s expected to offer a head-snapping 600 horsepower. With the Mercedes-AMG 53 on the table with 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, there’s still a pretty big gap between it and the upcoming 63.
|Mercedes-Benz GLE350||Mercedes-Benz GLE450|
|Engine Type||2.0L Inline-4||3.0L Inline-6 with EQ Boost|
|Valvetrain / Arrangement||DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder||DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder|
|Bore (in / mm)||3.27 / 83.0||3.27 / 83.0|
|Stroke (in / mm)||3.62 / 92.0||3.64 / 92.4|
|Compression Ratio||10.5 : 1||10.5 : 1|
|Horsepower @ rpm||255 @ 5,800 – 6,100||362 @ 5,500 – 6,100 (Internal Combustion Engine)|
|Torque @ rpm||273 @ 1,800 – 4,000||369 @ 1,600 – 4,000|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||7.0 est. (4MATIC: 7.1 est.)||5.5 est.|
|Top Speed (mph)||130 (electronically limited)||130 (electronically limited)|
|City / Highway / Combined (mpg)||TBA (4MATIC: 19 / 26 / 22)||19 / 24 / 21|
Which of course begs the question - what will Mercedes do with the enormous gulf between the 429-horsepower GLE 53 and the 600-horsepower AMG model?
With SUV demand and sales still red hot across multiple markets, Merc can’t afford to leave any niche unfilled.
Enter the GLE 580, an entirely new badge for the German brand.
Believed to be on schedule for arrival in the 2020 model year (that is, before the end of 2019), the GLE 580 will offer a slightly less-crazy option for buyers that want a muscle-bound V-8, but not the full-fat AMG GLE.
This latest rumor comes to us courtesy of a recent post by our friends at CarBuzz, who recently visited a local Mercedes dealership and discovered that Merc was preparing a stopgap model between the GLE 53 and GLE 63.
During the visit, CarrBuzz was shown an order sheet for the GLE, which apparently mentioned the forthcoming GLE 580 trim level.
Details are obviously under wraps, but it’s believed the GLE 580 could have the same engine as the recently unveiled 2020 Mercedes GLS, which dropped at the 2019 New York Auto Show with a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter, V-8 paired to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Peak output for this setup comes to 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which is just right for something that slots under the AMG GLE 63.
Hopefully we’ll know more by the end of the year, but if CarBuzz did indeed see an order sheet with GLE 580 on it, we could already be very close to a debut.
Either way, we’re positive Merc won’t leave the gap open for long. What is interesting, however, is that there will be a non-amg model with enough power to slot between the AMG 53 and AMG 63. So, without all of the extra AMG exterior bits and luxury, at what price point could Mercedes offer up the GLE 580? It has more power, so it could, indeed, be more expensive than the AMG GLE 53 but would that power and a price in the middle drive customers away from the GLE 53 and ultimately lead to cannibalization? Are AMG bits important enough that the extra power of the 580 won’t hamper sales of the GLE 53? These are all questions that need to be answered and, until we hear more about this mythical GLE 580, all we can do is ponder on what the future holds.
|Engine||V-8 with 48-volt on-board electrical system|
|EQ Boost||184 LB-FT and 21 HP|
Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE53.
Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS.