Darcy Foster • Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the GLE63 S and GLS63 S at the 2019 Los Angeles motor show, complete with hybrid power for the first time in an AMG V8.
The performance versions of Mercedes-Benz’s two largest SUVs are both powered by Mercedes-AMG’s familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, backed for the first time by mild-hybrid power.
Previously the EQ Boost system has been used on AMG 53 models with an inline-six, but never a V8.
A starter-alternator is able to deliver up to 16kW and 250Nm of torque of boost to supplement their 450kW and 850Nm internal-combustion engine.
EQ Boost also provides additional mild-hybrid functionality, allowing the car to coast at speed and opening the door for smoother start/stop from speeds as high as 20km/h.
Both GLE63 S and GLS63 models are equipped with Mercedes-AMG’s nine-speed automatic transmission, and power is sent to all four wheels through a 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system with fully variable torque distribution.
The 100 km/h sprint takes 3.8 and 4.2 seconds for the GLE 63 S and GLS 63 respectively.
All models get an electronic locking rear differential as standard which, coupled with adjustable damping and air suspension, allows the car to actively adjust its ride based on the terrain.
Drivers can also manually firm things up by flicking the cars into Sport or Sport+. The GLE is also offered with a Race mode, for when the kids are really running late.
The exterior of both models receive the signature AMG treatment, with a large Panamericana grille, muscular bonnet, and unique front and rear bumpers.
While both SUVs come standard with 21-inch alloys, 22-inch wheels are offered on the GLE63 S – and the GLS63 has options up to 23-inches.
Interior wise, both vehicles feature Mercedes-Benz’s latest infotainment system with unique AMG sports displays to show information like a g-force metre, specialised engine data, and lap timing.
Nappa leather seats with AMG upholstery and badging on the front two chairs are standard, with a further seven colour and material options.
A three-spoke AMG steering wheel with powertrain controls for added performance functionality is also standard on all models.
When will the AMG GLE 63 and GLS 63 arrive in Australia?
Australian orders for both models will start in the second quarter of 2020 with GLE63 S deliveries expected in the third quarter, and GLS63 deliveries due late in the year.