2026 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53: Embracing Future with PHEV Power, Extra 107 HP
In 2026, the GLE 53 Hybrid will employ a 3.0-liter inline-six and an electric motor, delivering a combined 536 hp.
Mercedes-AMG has been on a roll with its latest offerings, and the introduction of the 2026 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Hybrid continues to demonstrate their commitment to innovation. The new plug-in hybrid variant is set to hit U.S. dealerships in 2025, offering both traditional and sporty crossover coupe versions.
Empowering the GLE 53 Hybrid: Under the hood, the GLE 53 Hybrid boasts a robust plug-in hybrid powertrain, comprising a 443 hp (330 kW / 449 PS) 3.0-liter inline-six engine, a 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) electric motor, and a 31.2 kWh battery pack. This combination results in an impressive 536 hp (400 kW / 543 PS) and 553 lb-ft (749 Nm) of torque. Such power allows the GLE 53 Hybrid to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in just 4.6 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
A Leap Ahead from its Predecessor: Comparatively, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53, equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and mild-hybrid technology, offers an output of 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS) and 413 lb-ft (559 Nm) of torque. An Integrated Starter Generator can provide a boost of 21 hp (16 kW / 21 PS) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm). The upgrade to the GLE 53 Hybrid, with its significantly enhanced power figures, underscores a remarkable advancement in performance.
Distinctive Design Elements: The GLE 53 Hybrid doesn't just excel under the hood; it also showcases distinctive design elements. Notable changes include a subtly revised front fascia that channels air to an additional heat exchanger. Hybrid badging and refreshed displays offer information on charging status and remaining electric range, enhancing the hybrid experience.
Enhancements for Electric Capability: To accommodate the weight of the battery pack, the AMG Ride Control+ air suspension received enhancements tailored for the plug-in hybrid. While specific details are limited, these enhancements include both hardware and software upgrades. The vehicle also benefits from new rear dampers, fresh stabilizers on the front and rear axles, and fine-tuning of the chassis, steering, and AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system.
Hybrid-Specific Modes and Acoustic Alert: The GLE 53 Hybrid introduces two hybrid-specific modes through the AMG Dynamic Select system: "Electric" and "Battery Hold." The "Electric" mode prioritizes battery usage, while "Battery Hold" conserves the battery charge. Additionally, the model includes an acoustic alert system to notify pedestrians of its presence. This system emits a specially composed, low-frequency, and speed-modulated AMG sound through front and rear speakers.