When the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE class midsize luxury crossover launched, it was only available in a four- or six-cylinder engine. That may have felt like a bit of an oversight, but it’s now corrected with the release of a V8 version.
Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz didn’t go with AMG for its V8; instead, the manufacturer installed its own GLE 580. Still, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre engine has plenty to offer and comes with an electric motor/generator that adds 21 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
With that addition, the engine heaps out 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft—an improvement of 121 more horsepower and 147 more lb-ft over the GLE’s inline six. Using its 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive system, the SUV can hit 60 miles per hour in around four seconds.
Inside and out, the 580 closely resembles other GLE models, though it does have a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen for the MB UX infotainment system as well a second screen of the same size for the analog instrument cluster. It also sports air suspension and the E-Body Control system.
The 580 is expected to go on sale later this year for a base price of USD$77,795.