The range-topping AMG GLE 63 and GLE 63 S variants have made an appearance at the LA Motor Show.
Mercedes-AMG is showcasing the brutes of the GLE range in the form of the GLE 63 and GLE S which rival offerings such as the BMW X5 M and X5 M Competition.
Both variants are propelled using a bi-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine which works in conjunction with an EQ Boost starter-alternator which supplies an on-board 48-volt electrical system for an additional boost at lower engine speeds.
Outputs for the GLE 63 is pegged at 420 kW and up to 750 Nm of torque in conjunction with the EQ Boost which adds an additional 16 kW and 250 Nm for short periods. A quick-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission directs power to all 4 corners and ensures brisk acceleration. Zero to 100 kph takes 4.2 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 kph but can be increased to 280 kph if you opt for the optional AMG Driver’s Package.
As for the more potent GLE 63 S, the big V8 is tuned to deliver 450 kW and 850 Nm of torque and as is to be expected the sprint to 100 kph is faster and will take just 3.8 seconds. AMG RIde Control air suspension and adaptive damping is fitted as standard to enhance the ride and handling performance.
In comparison, the BMW X5 M offers more power at 441 kW and 750 Nm of torque while the X5 M Competition offers 460 kW. Claimed zero to 100 kph sprint times are slightly faster at 3.9 and 3.8 seconds respectively. We think a drag race is in order!
In terms of styling, these burly SUVs gain an AMG grille as well as a power dome bonnet, front splitters, flared wheel arches which house sizey AMG wheels from 20-inches and up, side skirts, AMG exhaust system and a roof spoiler, to name some of the key elements.
A wide range of tech can be found inside the GLE 63 S. The large Widescreen Cockpit elevates the cabin's appeal substantially.
As for the interior, you can expect high levels of luxury and tech thrown into the cabin and as always, there will be a plethora of options on offer to make your GLE 63 truly special. Highlights include the latest MBUX infotainment system comprising of a large Widescreen Cockpit with dual screens under a single piece of glass.
While we expect to see the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 and GLE 63 S in South Africa 2020, exact arrival dates have yet to be confirmed at this stage. We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.
We recently did a comparison video between the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5, watch the video here!