Mercedes-Benz is building the new 2018 GLE from the ground up and its performance version, the GLE 63, will be getting redesigned as well.
Spotted under camouflage, the high performance version of the next generation mid-size GLE will be sitting on Mercedes’ new Modular High Architecture (MHA) platform. From the looks MotorAuthority’s photos, the GLE63 sits lower and has a wider stance than the standard GLE prototypes.
We can expect to see later iterations of this prototype feature different exhaust tips and fender flares, but the upside down Panamericana grille and single bar on either side of the Mercedes star will most likely remain. The huge wheels and large brake discs may make it onto the production model as well.
Engine wise, we can expect to see the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that’s common with AMG models. Combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, the AMG GLE63 could produce around 603 horsepower. There may even be a hybrid variant in the works, one that combines a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with a beefy electric motor to deliver around 500 hp.
Since the newly redesigned GLE is expected to go on sale next year as a 2019 model, the AMG GLE63 should make its appearance six months to a year later as a 2020 model.