Whether it’s the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, BMW X5 M or something like the Range Rover Sport SVR, fact is, there’s no shortage of ultra-fast luxury SUVs in the world.
Mercedes‘ all-new GLE model will go on adding to that list, spearheaded by the AMG-powered 63 and 63 S versions, which will be joined by a more docile 53 model, powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six cylinder turbo, rated at 435 PS (429 HP) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque.
Before we get to the 63/63S’ numbers, let’s talk looks, because the more camouflage the all-new GLE drops, the more we realize it looks remarkably similar to its predecessor.
Been there, seen that
Aside from the Panamericana grille, new headlights and sleek, horizontal taillights, the all-new GLE has almost the same profile lines as the old one, regardless of whether we’re looking at an AMG model or otherwise.
Sure, there are small differences like new mirrors, new door handles, slightly different shoulder line and a more rounded edge to the bottom of the third lateral window, but other than that, the C-pillar design is identical, which pretty much dictates the look of the entire side of the vehicle. The way the A-pillar mixes in with the hood is also just as it was before – here’s a look at the old model.
Much needed tech infusion
Since the old GLE 63 was basically an updated version of the ML 63, a considerably more modern interior on the all-new model is definitely something to appreciate.
Previous spy images have shown a thick-rimmed steering wheel, quad rectangular air vents (instead of round), leather-wrapped grab handles and of course the automaker’s 12.3-inch digital instrument and infotainment displays, powered by the MBUX operating system.
On the safety front, expect to see S-Class-worthy systems such as the Drive Pilot, Active Brake and Evasive Steering assist. Meanwhile, the Remote Parking Pilot could also be available, helping future GLE 63 owners park their SUV without even having to sit behind the wheel.
A sub 4-second family hauler?
Since the current GLE 63 S is capable of hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds with 577 horsepower on tap, the newer models should be able to achieve the same performance in less than 4 seconds flat.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 will likely be powered by the E63’s 4.0-liter V8, pumping out 571 PS (563 HP) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, whereas the GLE 63 S version should feed its wheels 612 PS (603 HP) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque, with the help of a 9-speed automatic.
While the all-new 2019 GLE should be unveiled by the end of this year, the AMG-powered version could make us wait until next year, although a Paris Motor Show debut still can’t be ruled out.