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All-New Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV Will Make Its US Debut in 2017 [PHOTOS]

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The Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV will make its way to US shores in 2017

The new Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV will become a companion model to the GLE43 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz will be releasing the ninth high-performance vehicle of its AMG 43 line early next year, which comes in the form of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV.

This new AMG model won’t be as powerful as the range-topping GLE63, but it will provide an upgrade over the GLE400, which just so happens to be the model that it’s replacing.

The new Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV comes equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 motor rated at 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. While these performance figures don’t come close to approaching the GLE63’s 550 horsepower, it does represent an additional 33 ponies over what was provided by the outgoing GLE400.

The Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV will make its way to US shores in 2017

3.0-liter biturbo V6

In addition to that snappy new engine, the Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV will also come standard with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, an AMG-tuned suspension, and a high-performance AMG braking system. Furthermore, the driver will be able to choose from five unique driving modes each time they pilot their luxurious five-passenger SUV. These five driving modes are Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, and Slippery.

Never one to let the performance of their vehicles overshadow their extravagant and tech-savvy interiors, Mercedes-Benz has loaded the AMG GLE43 SUV full of premium equipment, including heated front seats, a Harman/Kardon audio system, a sunroof, and a COMAND infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen.

“The expansion of the AMG lineup underscores the ongoing demand for performance-oriented vehicles, especially for SUVs,” said AMG Manager Branden Coté. “AMG is well-positioned in the US marketplace due to our nine new AMG 43 vehicles, four of which are performance-oriented SUV models. We will continue to build the AMG brand and portfolio in 2017 with more variants such as the model year 2018 AMG GT R and the GT/GT C Roadsters.”

Pricing details for the SUV have yet to be released, but that information should become available closer the vehicle’s release date in 2017.

Gallery: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV Photos