If the coupe-ish version is not practical enough, the regular GLE43 is the one to get.

Serving as a replacement for the GLE400, the first-ever GLE43 is a roomier and more affordable alternative to the GLE43 Coupe. Pricing hasn’t been released, but it will definitely undercut the “coupe” version available in United States for $69,650 MSRP.

The ninth Mercedes-AMG “43”-badged model to join the U.S. lineup uses the same biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine as the GLC43 Coupe with 362 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 384 pound-feet (520 Newton-meters) of torque. As with all the other eight members of the family, power is channeled to the wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. With the exception of the SLC43 Roadster, all “43” cars are fitted as standard with a 4Matic all-wheel drive layout.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43

As you would imagine, performance echoes the “coupe” version, so it sprints to 60 mph (96 kph) from a standstill in 5.6 seconds and is electronically capped at 155 mph (250 kph).

It slots underneath the range-topping GLE63 and bundles a wide array of AMG goodies, including a sportier suspension, upgraded brakes, sharper steering, and throttle mapping. As it’s the case with the other “43” models, the new member of the family adopts a slightly more aggressive exterior design when compared to the lesser versions of the GLE range.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43

The same goes for the interior cabin featuring only subtle tweaks over the more attainable versions, such as the sportier paddle shifters and optional sport seats. The GLE43 comes as standard with a sunroof and heated front seats, while at an additional cost buyers can order ventilated ones and a heated steering wheel. Those willing to go all out can have a Bang & Olufsen premium system to replace the standard Harman Kardon setup.

On the safety side, the GLE43 can be had with the Premium 3 Package encompassing a plethora of systems, ranging from Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Detection to a radar-based cruise control system with semi-autonomous driving capabilities at speeds of up to 124 mph (200 kph). Autonomous braking at up to 31 mph (50 kph) is also part of the kit, as is a rear-facing radar to detect rear collisions and prepare the car for a possible second impact.

The 2017 GLE43 will go sale stateside starting early 2017. While the current GLE (essentially a facelifted M-Class) is still spawning derivatives, spy images have shown work is well under way at an all-new model due to arrive either by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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