Mercedes’ AMG Sport line grows with the GLE450 AMG 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz has a hot rod AMG version of nearly every model it makes, but it’s also beginning to populate its lineup with lighter AMG Sport variants. These models include some performance upgrades, but aren’t quite as hardcore as the full-bore AMGs.

The latest AMG Sport model is the GLE450 AMG 4Matic, based on Mercedes’ recently redesigned midsize SUV. It follows the GLE450 AMG Coupe 4Matic and C450 AMG 4Matic, and features similar upgrades to those two models.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, which produces 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It drives all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The default torque split for the all-wheel drive system is 40/60 front/rear, which should make the 450 AMG 4Matic a little livelier than a standard GLE. Mercedes says it latest creation will do 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 155 mph.

The GLE450 AMG 4Matic also comes standard with Mercedes’ Aromatic adaptive air suspension, a shorter rear axle ratio, and a sport-tuned steering system. There’s also a Dynamic Select system that alters different vehicle parameters, with five modes to choose from: Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport, and Sport Plus.

On the outside, the GLE450 AMG 4Matic is distinguished from less-sporty GLE models by a subtle body kit, 20-inch (21-inch wheels are optional) five-spoke alloy wheels, and chrome tailpipes. As with the other AMG Sport models, the subtle look is almost a throwback to AMG models of a couple of generations ago, which had more of a sleeper vibe than today’s versions.

The interior features a Nappa leather-clad sport steering wheel with a flat bottom,  and some aluminum trim pieces. There’s also a smattering of carbon fiber and piano black trim, and brushed stainless steel pedals. Since this is still a Mercedes, there’s also a long list of tech and convenience features, including a Comand infotainment system and Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround-sound system.

Mercedes is also loading the GLE450 with driver-assistance features, such as Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Distronic Plus, and an intelligent LED lighting system. The price of all of this will be revealed when the GLE450 AMG 4Matic arrives in U.S. showrooms, likely sometime next year.

Cars

Volvo invented the three-point seat belt, and it might be the company that kills it

Volvo didn't invent the seat belt, but the firm patented the three-point configuration found in every new car in 2019. Autonomous technology will force automakers to rethink how they keep motorists pinned to their seats, and Volvo is…
Cars

Audi’s 429-horsepower SQ8 TDI proves diesels don’t have to be slow

The Audi SQ8 TDI is a sportier version of the Audi Q8 SUV. Its diesel powertrain means the SQ8 TDI won't come to the United States, but it will give European buyers a new performance SUV option.
Cars

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.
Product Review

2020 Mercedes GLS shows what happens when unstoppable force meets immovable luxury

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is more than a luxury family-hauler. Yes, it’s got all the luxury features and all the bells and whistles of modern technology, but this three-row Teutonic tank has some serious off-road chops as well.
Product Review

The 2020 Ford Explorer shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover

The 2020 Ford Explorer emerges from a redesign on a new rear-wheel drive platform, boasting hybrid and sporty ST models for the first time. Ford pulled out all the stops to keep the Explorer on top.
Cars

Airbus-backed Voom could take on Uber’s on-demand flying taxi service

Airbus-backed Voom says it's planning to take its on-demand helicopter taxi to more U.S. cities this fall, a move that could put it in direct competition with Uber's app-based air taxi service launching soon in New York City.
Cars

Airstream inspiration Road Chief puts an off-grid luxury camper on the road

Updated for off-grid camping for four people, the Bowlus Road Chief Endless Highways awaits your tow hitch and your wallet. Bowlus design, build quality, and technology in a world-class trailer towable by most mid-sized SUVs.
Cars

Ford promises exciting GT supercar news at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Ford will make an announcement regarding its GT supercar at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The GT's racing career is winding down, but could Ford be planning a hotter road-going version?
Cars

This ’60s Ford Mustang EV has Tesla-like specs and a Rolls-Royce-like price

British startup Charge Cars planted its flag where electric cars and muscle cars meet when it unveiled a battery-powered 1960s Ford Mustang. Starting with a reproduction shell, the firm added an electric powertrain and modern electronics.
Cars

U.S. firm plans to power soccer stadiums using aging Nissan Leaf batteries

We've heard of aging EV batteries being repurposed to power homes and other facilities, but how about an entire sports stadium? An American firm is already doing just that, and now has plans to expand its system across Europe.
Cars

Think hybrids can’t be sporty? BMW’s Vision M Next is here to prove you wrong

BMW unveiled a concept named Vision M Next that shows what sports cars could look like in the not-too-distant future. It is a plug-in hybrid model with 600-hp, and a driver-focused interior packed with futuristic tech features.
Cars

Chevrolet’s in-car pizza-ordering app is the start of an ecommerce revolution

Chevrolet has added Domino's in-car pizza delivery app to Marketplace, an ecommerce platform that equips millions of cars built since 2017. Users can order a pizza on-the-go by tapping the screen a few times, and have it delivered where…
Cars

It’s tough to buy a fully American-made car, but here’s 15 that come close

In the age of global supply chains, tariffs, and multinational companies, what does it mean to be American-made? The traditional answers no longer apply, and the vehicles with the most American content may surprise you.
Cars

BMW is planning high-performance hybrids, as well as hot-rodded EVs

BMW development chief Klaus Fröhlich told Digital Trends he thinks the company's M division will release a high-performance hybrid after 2025. In the meantime, it will focus on leveraging the benefits of plug-in hybrid tech to boost…