At the New York International Auto Show’s April 1 kickoff and after unprecedented success during the first quarter of the year, Mercedes-Benz pulled back the curtain on three new models set to hit American markets for the first time.
Though details about the 2016 GLE 63 and GLE 63 S were first introduced to the public March 26, news of the G65’s entry into North America comes as a welcomed surprise. As a press release issued today describes, “the world’s most powerful SUV” features a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo that can create 630 hp and 738 lb-ft, which is more than enough towing power for any heavy job.
The introduction to a US market comes after 2014 saw SUV sales increase by 11 percent in the country, as consumers have taken a liking to having both the comfort of luxury and the power of a truck. But even with all that power and the bulk of being an SUV, the G65 is quick. Reaching 62 mph from a standstill requires only 5.3 seconds, while a top speed of 143 mph can be reached.
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There was another Mercedes-Benz model making its first entry to the United States introduced at the show, and it’s currently being tested as a possible police vehicle for the big apple. The ForTwo is a two-seater smart car that has already gained popularity across Europe, and it’s specifically designed for use in urban settings, where larger vehicles can be more cumbersome than advantageous.
To read up on the full details of the GLE 63 and GLE 63 S, as well as a refresher on Mercedes-Benz’s recent nomenclature changes, visit our March 26 article here, and check out the gallery below to see images from the unveiling of these new German masterpieces.
Until these become available for purchase, take a look through our exclusive listings of Mercedes-Benz vehicles below, and find the perfect fit for your daily driver.
(Source: Daimler Media)