The GLE 63 is available in ‘standard’ trim or the more powerful ‘S’ variant.
Power comes from a 5.5 litre twin-turbocharged V8 - rather than AMG's newer but less powerful 4.0 litre unit - producing 430kW/761Nm in its top specification.
AMG promises a 0-100km/h time of just 4.2 seconds, compared to the recently-unveiled X6 M’s 422kW and 750Nm, with an identical 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds.
The standard GLE 63 has to make do with 410kW and 700Nm, with a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds. Both versions are limited to a top speed of 250km/h and fuel consumption is listed at 11.9 l/100km for the UK market.
The V8’s power reaches the road through all four 21-inch wheels (22-inch on the S model) with the power split 60/40 to the rear, via Benz’s familiar seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.
An upgraded brake package is standard on the AMG GLE, featuring vented and cross-drilled 390mm rotors up front and 345mm discs on the rear.
Drivers can choose between Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, ‘Slippery Transmission’ and ‘Individual’ driving modes. While Slippery Transmission might suggest some sort of burnout setting, it’s actually AMG’s system for dealing with “adverse road conditions”.
Other features include the Drive Select suspension system which can stiffen or soften rolls bars using hydraulic motors, adjustable throttle and transmission mapping, AMG Ride Control, Active Curve system and more.
Inside, the GLE 63 gets typical AMG upgrades including sports seats, an AMG instrument cluster and a three-spoke steering wheel.
The new model is due for a sales debut in the UK midway through this year, while an Australian debut is scheduled to occur in the third quarter of 2015.
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