The GLE now gets 600+ bhp 4.0-litre V8 as well as mild-hybrid tech
Mercedes-AMG has launched the new GLE 63 4Matic+ Coupe, which the executive luxury crossover SUV comes in the base 63 and the range-topping 63 S model.
Echoing its AMG stablemates, the GLE 63 4 Matic+ Coupe features the signature Panamericana grille finished in high-gloss chrome. Also, the jet-wing designed front apron in painted in body paint, contrasted with black air intakes.
While the power domes on front bonnet and silver splitter is a signifier of its performance potential. The base model comes fitted with 21-inch allow wheels, while the S variant is fitted with 22-inch wheels.
In the living quaters, the AMG seats are upholstered in Nappa leather with an AMG-specific seat pattern layout with “AMG” badging in the front backrests. Also, other leather options are available as well.
The S variant stands out further with grey seatbelts and silver-grey topstitching in the seats. In the interior, the AMG seats are upholstered in Nappa leather with an AMG-specific seat pattern layout with “AMG” badging in the front backrests. Also, other leather options are available as well.
The S variant stands out further with grey seatbelts and silver-grey topstitching in the seats. The three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with AMG steering wheel buttons are also standard in the V8 AMG GLE Coupe.
Under the hood, the GLE 63 Coupe’s “hot inside V” 4.0-litre V8 biturbo is fitted with an integrated EQ boost starter-alternator.
Sandwiched in between the engine and the 9-speed automatic transmission, the electric motor works as a starter and an alternator, which can provide an additional 22 bhp and 250 Nm boost for quick off-the-line acceleration, on top of energy recuperation and start-stop function.
This is possible thanks to the 48-volt electrical system, which effectively makes the GLE 63 Coupe a mild hybrid.
Moreover, the 4.0-litre engines also come with cylinder deactivation, and in the more powerful S variant, the engine is fitted with active engine mounts which provides comfortable driving characteristics and sporty driving dynamics by softening or stiffening up depending on driving modes selected.
Technical data at a glance
|Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4MATIC+ Coupé||Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé|
|Engine||4.0-litre V8 with twin-turbocharging and integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator||4.0-litre V8 with twin-turbocharging and integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator|
| Displacement ||3982 cc||3982 cc|
|Output|| 420 kW (571 hp) at 5750-6500 rpm |
+ 16 kW (22 hp) from EQ Boost starter-alternator
| 450 kW (612 hp) at 5750-6500 rpm |
+ 16 kW (22 hp) from EQ Boost starter-alternator
|Peak torque||750 Nm at 2250-5000 rpm||850 Nm at 2500-4500 rpm|
|Drive ||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution|
| Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission|
|Combined fuel consumption||11.5 l/100 km (NEDC)||11.5 l/100 km (NEDC)|
|Combined CO2 emissions||262 g/km (NEDC)||263 g/km (NEDC)|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.0 s||3.8 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h (electronically limited, 280 km/h with optional AMG Drivers Package)||280 km/h (electronically limited)|
Riding on the 48-volt electrical system, the GLE 63 Coupe’s Active Ride Control system’s electromechanical actuators at the front and rear axles keep the SUV’s body flat through corners.
Moreover, this doesn’t sacrifice ride comfort as the actuators allow suspension articulation on bumpy road surfaces, which the AMG control system adapts itself to various driving situations within milliseconds. In addition, the electromechanical system is lighter than hydraulic-based systems.
The AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission boasts an electronically controlled clutch which variable sends power to the front wheels. Basically, the rear-biased, all-wheel-drive system manages torque split depending on road conditions and driver’s input.
Furthermore, the all-wheel-drive system torque distribution is not only influenced by driving speed but with the addition of the lateral and longitudinal acceleration and the steering wheel angle, as well as the individual wheel speed and the gear selected. Moreover, it uses brake intervention to keep the individual driven wheels from spinning.
The GLE 63 Coupe has seven Dynamic Select drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Race (exclusive to the S variant), Trail and Sand. In addition, the MBUX system has added AMG specific items such as manual shift lights, as well as various displays:
- Gear display ‑ with yellow “M” symbol in manual mode
- Warm-Up menu ‑ engine and transmission oil temperature
- Set-Up menu ‑ AMG DYNAMIC SELECT settings
- G-Meter – longitudinal and lateral acceleration forces
- RACETIMER – stopwatch, lap and sector times
- Engine data – output and torque, engine oil and transmission oil temperature
When Dynamic Select “Trail” and “Sand” are selected, off-road setting such as gradient, incline and the differential lock can be selected instrument cluster.
Mercedes’ announcement of the GLE 63 Coupe doesn’t mention when sales begin or offer any information on prices and specs.