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GLS 63 AMG
The hot, AMG-tuned range-topper has also been spotted testing in the snow. The GLS 63 will have north of 600hp – around 20hp more than the current car – and will offer bonkers performance even in a large car like this. It’ll deploy a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that’s more modern and more efficient than the 5.5-litre V8 used at the moment, although it’s unlikely potential customers are too worried about running costs.
You’ll be able to spot the 63 by its flared wheel arches, two huge exhausts and bigger wheels. Oh, and by the massive new grille that’s borrowed from the AMG GT R supercar. The noise from the V8 engine means you’ll probably hear it coming too.
Despite the camouflage disguise, it’s clear that the aging GLS has been completely redesigned. The headlights are slimmer and the grille is even larger than the current model’s, giving it even more presence.
These spy shots make the new GLS look lower than the outgoing model, but it’ll be longer and just as wide. Through the camouflage a couple of sharp body creases are noticeable, but otherwise the bodywork will be smoother and cleaner than the boxy current car. At the rear, the boot opening looks wider and the brake lights get the same slimline treatment as those at the front of the car.
Engines and driving
The new platform is also much lighter than the current model, spelling improvements in fuel economy, handling and acceleration. That said, it certainly won’t be a featherweight, and these photos suggest a lot of body lean – to be expected in such a large car.
Four-wheel-drive will be standard, and there’ll be one diesel and one petrol choice – a 3.0-litre diesel V6 and a stonking V8-powered AMG GLS 63 model. Both will see improvements in fuel economy (although the AMG 63 will still cost a fortune to run) and performance, with the AMG 63 set to produce more than 600hp. There’ll also be a plug-in hybrid version that should manage around 20 miles of silent electric-only running.
Price and release date
Judging by these photos, a production version is a fair way off yet. Expect it to go on sale in 2019, with prices starting from around £75,000 and rising to almost £120,000 for the AMG model.
The GLS is also expected to get a super-posh version by Mercedes’ luxury brand, Maybach, to compete against the Bentley Bentayga and long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography. With a few options ticked, that may well cost almost £200,000.
2018 Mercedes GLS vs 2019 Mercedes GLS Review – Factory Production