2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Spied Testing With New Grille

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Spied Testing With New Grille 4 photos
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After the recent debut of the BMW X7, 7-seat luxury SUV buyers are keeping their eye out for the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. And what better way to check it out than with a spy video shot in Stuttgart?
The Mk2 version of the original large German car has been testing for quite some time now, and it's finally time to have a detailed look at the GLS 63, which is the hardcore AMG version.

Some would argue that a V8 engine with over 600 horsepower in a large SUV is excessive. But they're probably not rich enough for the opinions to matter. We're kidding, of course, but Mercedes has always loved playing with excess, and at least they are dropping their V12s.

Getting back to the GLS 63, we see that the model is sporting a brand new grille design, set apart from both the old model and, to a lesser degree, all the other AMGs. More specifically the Panamericana design is not perfectly convex, and its criss-cross structure is much denser. This will take some getting used to.

The lower fascia is also different, incorporating three openings instead of a single lower intake vent. The design is polished, but a bit more understated. Being the defining luxury automaker, Mercedes may have nothing to prove, and the GLS 63 has an established clientele.

The interior is, of course, almost identical to that of the GLE, its closest relative. We can expect all the technology to be carried over as well, from engines to magic air suspension that can jump up and down. The go-to engine for most customers will be something like the GLS 450 with 367 horsepower. Of course, diesel still makes sense, even in this tight market.

We expect to see the normal version of the GLS at the Detroit Auto Show a few months from now. However, this 63 AMG version doesn't look finished, so it's about nine months away from debuting.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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