Standard equipment on both GLE 63s includes AMG Ride Control+ air suspension and three-mode adaptive dampers, all configured specifically for this car to “combine outstanding agility and excellent vehicle dynamics with maximum traction and super day-to-day comfort”, Mercedes claims.
Pneumatic self-levelling makes the BMW X5 M rival maintain a constant ride height regardless of load, with Comfort mode lowering the car by 10mm at over 75mph while Sport and Sport+ modes do the same from the get-go. There are also seven Dynamic Select drive modes.
Further handling-focused features include a 48v active roll stabilisation system and an electronic locking differential for the rear axle. To reign everything in, the GLE 63 features six-piston, 400mm front brakes, with a ceramic braking package also optional.
As with the larger GLS, the GLE 63 benefits from model-specific design touches including a new grille, redesigned front apron, side skirts, flared wheel arches, a diffuser-style rear bumper and twin black chrome tailpipes.
Inside, there’s AMG specific nappa leather seats, an AMG wheel with aluminium shift paddles, control panels and instrument functions specific to AMG and a whole heap of new AMG badging elements. Expect the GLE 63 S to be available to order in the UK from the start of next year, with customer deliveries in the middle of 2020.
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