Mercedes-AMG has officially unveiled its flagship high-performance SUV at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Meet the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S
The family haulers that bowed at the LA auto show pump up the power and flair from the SUVs already on sale from Mercedes-Benz. Both the GLE 63 and GLS 63 use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 and integrated starter generator, a first for any AMG, to make 603 combined horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The integrated starter generator, which has appeared on Mercedes-Benz cars before, adds up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft, but not to the final figures. Both mate exclusively to a 9-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. The GLS 63 rockets up to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and the GLE 63 takes just 3.7 seconds. The top speed for both exceeds 170 mph, if that’s what you’re into with your family.
The rest of the 2021 GLS 63 AMG and 2021 GLE 63 S AMG are what we’d expect. Tall-riding SUVs that seat up to seven in the GLS, five in the GLE, shod with leather and tech everywhere. Both get a wall of 12.3-inch screens for digital instruments and infotainment controls, navigation, Burmester audio, and 21-inch wheels.
The GLE S along side with the GLS features the AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system with fully variable torque distribution, along with an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission. An electronically limited top speed of 174 mph is attainable if you’re willing to risk it all. The advanced electrical system represents the next technological leap for Mercedes’ halo performance SUVs. “For the first time, we are electrifying our well-proven 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine with an EQ Boost starter-alternator and a 48-volt electrical system,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
To distinguish the AMG GLS 63 from the standard GLS, it’s been equipped with an AMG-specific radiator grille – the largest grille found on any AMG model – with vertical slats in high-gloss chrome. The hood is also unique while Dynamic LED headlamps with adaptive high beam assist are standard. An AMG front bumper with an integrated jetwing design, front splitter, jetwing trim strip in silver, and side air inlets are also present. Notice the must-have flared wheel arches, side skirts, and window surrounds in high-gloss chrome trim. Out back, the AMG rear bumper, diffuser, and two rectangular twin tailpipes are to be found. A set of 21-inch AMG multispoke wheels are standard, but buyers can select up to 23-inch wheel variants.
A number of standard safety systems include Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Safe Impulse Side, which actually moves the driver or front passenger up to 2.75-inches away from the impact zone by rapidly inflating the seat’s side bolster.
Pricing information has not m been released yet, but don’t expect both the 2021 GLS 63 and the 2021 GLE 63 S to come cheap.