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Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

The German brand's performance arm announces sleek new SUV with mild-hybrid powertrain

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Earlier this week, Mercedes-AMG announced the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe to complement its line-up of performance-centric SUVs. The new SUV will use a mild-hybrid system that can be called upon temporarily in order to boost performance. When active, it adds an additional 16kW of power and 250Nm of torque.

You might think that Mercedes-AMG already has enough bonkers SUVs in its line-up, but Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG disagrees, stating that "Our new GLE 63 Coupé rounds off our attractive portfolio in this segment. It meets the highest expectations in terms of design and exclusivity as well as excellent driving dynamics and agility. Thus, our latest SUC is an outstanding example of Performance Luxury made by AMG."

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe interior

Key Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe stats

Engine4.0-litre V8 with twin turbocharging and integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator
TransmissionSPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G
Max. power450kW
+ 16kW from EQ Boost starter-alternator
Max. torque850Nm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle)11.5 l/100 km
0 - 100 km/h3.8 seconds

What we are looking forward to

  • The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 with EQ Boost. This is the same engine that has been used in other Mercedes-AMG vehicles, but the reason we find it interesting is that it is quicker to 100 km/h (albeit only fractionally) than the previous GLE 63. The outgoing model featured a 5.5-litre twin-turbo engine and even with the higher capacity produced 430kW.
  • New display visuals. The latest version of the infotainment system features a range of new graphics including 3D-look scales and animated representations for driver assistance, communication systems and more.
  • Driving past a few more petrol stations! The new GLE 63 S Coupe will come with cylinder deactivation, meaning when you're cruising around town, the vehicle can shut off cylinders and reduce fuel consumption.

What we are keen to test

  • Headroom. This is an obvious one. The sloping roofline does look sleek, but how practical is it in the vehicle. Will you be able to fit someone 6-foot plus in the back?
  • Spirited cornering. The previous model received plenty of plaudits for its smile-inducing power that was virtually always on tap, but it was noted that it did feel heavy. We're hoping the GLE 63 S Coupe won't feel as top-heavy.

AMGs latest fire-breathing SUV may not be for everyone, with the performance SUV segment splitting opinion. Regardless of that, anything that has 450kW has my attention.

With the added torque from the EQ Boost, we are looking forward to getting our hands on the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe when it touches down later this year and will share more updates as we get them.

There should also be a new X6 M touching down in Australia in the first half of 2020, just to keep things interesting.

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