Competes with: GLE63S: BMW X5 M, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk; Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR; GLS63: Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography, Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Looks like: Big crossover SUVs with blingy wheels and aerodynamic body kits
Powertrain: 603-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; nine-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission; full-time all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Mid-2020
If there’s one thing Los Angeles residents love, it’s big, blingy, expensive, fairly ridiculous SUVs. That’s why Mercedes-Benz chose the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal two of its latest to the world: the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S and 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63. For the smaller GLE, this is the range-topping AMG performance model, slotting in above the AMG GLE63 that we have yet to see, while the bigger AMG GLS63 should get another S model above it if Mercedes-Benz keeps to its traditions. The GLE and GLS share the same underpinnings — and in this case, also the same engine and transmission.
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