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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe revealed

Hot 603bhp Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe will take on BMW X6 M and Porsche Cayenne Coupe this spring

  • Muscular Mercedes-AMG bodykit
  • Twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 produces 603bhp
  • Huge brakes and active roll stabilisation

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ coupe-SUV has been officially revealed ahead of its debut this spring. The German manufacturer's latest performance SUV will be a rival to the BMW X6 M, Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Lamborghini Urus. A price will be confirmed nearer the car’s launch.

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A raft of exterior cosmetic changes signal the car’s performance potential, including new front and rear bumpers, muscular side skirts and wheel arches, a rear diffuser and spoiler, and four exhaust pipes. AMG alloy wheels measuring 21- or 22-inches are fitted.

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Interior changes are similarly extensive and include AMG sports seats, a sports steering wheel and ambient lighting. The MBUX twin 12.3-inch display infotainment and instrument setup is carried over from the standard GLE but with added AMG graphics. These include a G-force meter, lap timer and access to detailed engine diagnostics like oil temperature and real-time power output.

Power comes from a 603bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, which is also fitted with a 48-volt mild hybrid system called EQ Boost. A lower-powered version without the 'S' badge will be sold in Europe but not in the UK. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 3.8 seconds and the car will reach a top speed of 174mph. Mercedes' 4MATIC+ four-wheel-drive system and a nine-speed automatic gearbox are fitted as standard, and torque can be sent to the rear wheel with the most traction.

With around twice the power of a diesel GLE, the AMG GLE 63 S will also have a range of chassis upgrades to cope. Huge six-piston front brakes are fitted, along with upgraded air suspension and an active roll stabilisation system than reduces body lean. A set of carbon-ceramic brakes will also be offered as an optional upgrade.

Drivers will be able to choose between seven modes, with 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+' and 'Race' for road use, and 'Trail' or 'Sand' when the surface is a little more tricky. A custom setting will also allow the suspension, gearbox and exhaust to be set individually.

Want to know more about the Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV? Read our in-depth review of its running costs, performance and practicality.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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