MercedesAMG GLE53 brings 429 horsepower to the Geneva Motor Show

first_img Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes’ new GLE gets the AMG 53 treatment 0 More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 Whenever Mercedes-Benz launches a new model, it’s only a brief matter of time before we see the inevitable AMG variants. To that point, meet the new Mercedes-AMG GLE53: the higher-power version of the 2020 GLE-Class we first tested late last year.Performance wise, the GLE gets the same upgrades as Mercedes’ other AMG 53 models, the E53 and CLS53. Power comes from a 3.0-liter, turbocharged I6 engine, which on its own produces 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes’ mild-hybrid EQ Boost starter generator provides an additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque for small bursts, and powers the 48-volt onboard electrical system.With a nine-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels, Mercedes claims the AMG GLE53 will sprint to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds. That isn’t a huge increase over the 5.5-second 0-60 time of the GLE450, mind you, which uses a less-powerful version of this 3.0-liter engine. But hey, every tenth of a second counts, right?Enlarge ImageFender flares and big exhaust outlets are a dead giveaway that this GLE means business. Mercedes-Benz The GLE53 gets Mercedes’ Active Ride Control system, which uses the four-corner air suspension for continuously adjustable suspension damping. The variable-ratio power steering gets a different tune for this sportier GLE, and the brakes are upgraded to provide the necessary stopping power this AMG can throw down.Visually, you’ll be able to spot the AMG GLE53 thanks to its 15-strip “Panamericana” grille, standard 20-inch wheels, fat fender flares and quad-tip exhaust. Inside, the GLE53 gets the same high-quality, super-lux interior as the rest of the GLE range, right down to the dual-screen MBUX infotainment system, with natural-speech voice commands (just say, “Hey, Mercedes…”).Pricing isn’t available just yet, but expect the AMG GLE53 to command a hefty sum over the GLE450’s $61,150 starting price. Following its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next week, the Mercedes-AMG GLE53 will arrive in US showrooms in late 2020. In the meantime, onto the next AMG. Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: The next chapter in SUV luxury Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 35 Photos Mercedes-Benz SUVs Luxury cars Performance Cars reading • Mercedes-AMG GLE53 brings 429 horsepower to the Geneva Motor Showcenter_img More From Roadshow Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value See All Tags Share your voicelast_img read more


BNP to contest next polls Hasina tells MPs

first_imgSheikh HasinaAwami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the party’s members of parliament to address any gap with grassroots leaders and activists in their constituencies since, she said, the next general elections will be a participatory one.She also told the party MPs that she believes the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will join the parliamentary polls later this year, a number of MPs said.The prime minister made the hint of an inclusive election next time, while addressing a meeting of the Awami League’s Parliamentary Party (ALPP) at the party’s conference room in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.Earlier in the day, premier Hasina assured the new ambassador of European Union (EU) of a free, fair and credible general election to be held at the end of this year.A number of MPs who were present at the ALPP meeting said the prime minister said the next national election will be an inclusive one.She, according to them. asked them to work sincerely in their constituencies.”The prime minister instructed us to take steps to close the gap with the grassroots leaders and activists in our areas and remove internal conflicts,” UNB quoted a young ruling party MP as saying.Sheikh Hasina was also quoted to have said: “The next election will be participatory and the BNP, too, will join the race.”She also instructed all MPs including female members to resolve the disputes in their respective areas before the next general elections, an MP said.The AL president was quoted to have said that all the female members of reserved seats would not be retained after the next general elections.According to UNB: The meeting also discussed the Constitution (17th Amendment) Bill 2018, which will be passed in Parliament next week for keeping aside 50 parliamentary seats exclusively for women for another 25 years.In this regard, the prime minister asked the MPs to be present in the House on the day the bill will be passed.On 10 April last, law minister Anisul Huq placed the Constitution (17th Amendment) Bill 2018 in the House.last_img read more


Peace declaration not a bargaining chip N Korea

first_imgPeople carry flags in front of statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea`s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea on 9 September. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea warned Washington through its state media Tuesday that a declaration ending the Korean War shouldn’t be seen as a bargaining chip in denuclearization talks — but suggested lifting sanctions might be.The North’s official news agency issued a commentary claiming Pyongyang has taken significant measures to end hostile relations between the two countries but said the US is “trying to subdue” it through sanctions, a not-so-subtle call for Washington to lift sanctions if it wants further progress in their stalled nuclear negotiations.The commentary said a declaration replacing a 65-year-old armistice to formally end the war “is not just a gift from a man to another,” and added, “it can never be a bargaining chip for getting the DPRK denuclearized.”The DPRK is short for the North’s official name — the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.The commentary was directed at supporters of the US policy to maintain maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea until it has made clear and significant moves to denuclearize.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo — a vocal advocate of that policy — is expected to travel to Pyongyang soon to try to revive the negotiation process and set the stage for a second summit between president Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un.The commentary echoes a speech by North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, at the United Nations last week in which he claimed North Korea is ready to implement the agreements Trump and Kim made during their first summit, in Singapore in June, but also accused Washington of failing to demonstrate its willingness to ease tensions and build mutual trust.”Without any trust in the US, there will be no confidence in our national security,” he said, “and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.”The North’s emphasis on lifting sanctions and building trust above all else puts a spotlight on the rift between its position and Washington’s since the Singapore summit, when Trump and Kim issued a vague statement about a nuclear-free peninsula without describing when and how it would occur.Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have since been rocky, with neither side able to agree on a starting point and widespread skepticism in the United States over whether Pyongyang is serious about renouncing an arsenal it sees as the only way to guarantee its safety.Hopes for progress in the talks got a boost last month, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim in Pyongyang for their third summit.The summit resulted in a joint statement in which the North expressed willingness for a “permanent” dismantling of its main nuclear facility in Nyongbyon — if the United States takes corresponding measures — and the dismantling of a missile engine test site and launch pad in northwestern North Korea.What the North would see as corresponding measures wasn’t specified. But Tuesday’s commentary and the UN statement suggest sanctions are a primary concern.The 1950-53 Korean War ended in what was intended to be a temporary ceasefire. Moon and Kim are pushing for the end-of-war declaration by December. The declaration would be less difficult to make than a formal peace treaty, and Moon says he and Kim have agreed such a “political declaration” wouldn’t require the pullout of 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea.last_img

AL picks Niketa for Fakhruls vacant seat

first_imgBogura Awami League joint secretary T Zaman Niketa. Photo: CollectedBogura Awami League joint secretary T Zaman Niketa has been picked for contesting the Bogura-6 by-election on party ticket.”We’ve chosen T Zaman Niketa for the Bogura-6 by-election from our party,” AL joint secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif told UNB over phone on Sunday.The decision came from a meeting of Awami League Nomination Board held at the prime minister’s official residence Ganobhaban with prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on 30 April declared the Bogura-6 constituency vacant as BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir did not take oath as MP or seek time before the deadline expired.As per the law, if any MP-elect refrains from taking oath within 90 days after the beginning of the first session or refrains from informing the Speaker, his/her membership gets cancelled.The election commission has announced that fresh polls will be held to Bogura-6 constituency on 24 June.The last date for submitting nomination papers is 23 May and candidates will be able to withdraw nominations by 3 June. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on 27 May.The symbols will be allocated among the candidates on 4 June.Although Fakhrul refrained from taking oath, five other BNP MPs, however, were sworn in to the 11th parliament. While four of them took oath on 29 April, another was sworn in on 25 April.last_img read more


Lee Daniels Entertainment Announces Diverse Creative Workshop

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Represent is a free online network backed by Original Media Ventures that gathers storytellers with the mission of encouraging new and diverse voices in the entertainment industry.Lee Daniels Entertainment produces “Empire,” “Star” and the upcoming “Ms. Pat.”Daniels is currently in post-production with the television film “Good People,” which he wrote and directed. He has long planned to direct a remake starring Oprah Winfrey of the 1983 “Terms of Endearment,” adapted from the the Larry McMurtry novel of the same name. Popular on Variety center_img Lee Daniels Entertainment and the online entertainment network Represent by OMV have launched a diversity-focused creative workshop to promote a diverse group of new writers.The workshop will be held from Sept. 25-28 in Los Angeles, with travel provided by American Airlines. Industry professionals will mentor aspiring creatives from underrepresented communities with workshops, meetings with LDE and Represent executives and studio visits.“It has been my goal to create opportunities for diverse creatives and to tell inclusive stories. I have always been about giving all creatives a chance and the LDE Creative Workshop  is another step in driving diversity and inclusion in Hollywood,” said Daniels.Aspiring writers looking to participate in the workshop must follow the submission guidelines, including following Lee Daniels Entertainment and Represent on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Applicants should also submit a 15 seconds Instagram or Facebook story video describing why LDE and Represent by OMV should select the applicant for the program and tag LDE and Represent by OMW official accounts. Deadline is Aug. 31.last_img read more