The Lavishly Furnished 2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 63S

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AMG’s GLE 63 S is an accomplished SUV as its straight-line performance is outstanding. The 63S features a large and comfortable cabin which is lavishly equipped with features such as cooled, heated, and massaging seats up front and on its air springs and adjustable dampers, the ride, in general, is comfortable too. While it isn’t the sharpest driving SUV in its class and it is a bit expensive at Rs 2.07 crore, the AMG GLE 63 S scores quite well because it ticks all the right boxes. Looking for a performance SUV that can do almost everything; this could be it. Let take a brief look at some of the AMG GLE 63S features.

The Exterior Design
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The GLE 63 S exterior comes with an upright Panamericana waterfall grille that gives it an aggressive look. Sufficient air gets to the engine bay through the front apron and around the rear, there’s a new diffuser, square exhaust pipes, and a lip spoiler. While it is an AMG, it is also similar-looking to the smaller-engined and cheaper GLE 53 Coupe, so some new, more aggressive-looking bits would have gone down well.

The Interior Dynamics of the GLE 63 S
The GLE is characterized by luxury and being sporty at the same time. There is a carbon-fiber-like metallic trim that runs across the dash which blends nicely with the big chrome vents and chrome highlights. The steering wheel is decorated with Alcantara giving the cabin a sporty feel, and with acres of double-stitched leather present on the dash and door pads, you feel pampered inside the cabin. This is especially true of the large and very sporty seats. Trimmed with Nappa leather and Alcantara and generously bolstered, these seats are both large and very comfortable, and also provide the right amount of lateral support needed for a car that has this much grip.

There is a low seating position in the rear compared to the regular GLE, this is due to a coupe-like roof, but headroom is very good and the wide seat is perfect for large frames, and then, just as on the regular GLE, there’s plenty of legroom and shoulder room. When you are being chauffeur-driven, the front passenger seat can be taken forward giving rise to the presence of the simply massive sunroof which bathes the rear of the cabin in bright sunlight. Rear seat passengers also have their climate control console, with Type-C USB ports and even a regular 240V plug point present in the rear.

Other features of the interior include a 12-speaker 590W Burmester sound system, AMG-specific dials on the digital instrument panel, AMG Dynamic modes, AMG performance, and track apps, and even a system that allows you to time yourself in a straight line, as it simulates a drag race. As with other AMGs, you get configurable shortcut dials on the steering wheel, blind spot assist, active brake assist, Mercedes Me connected tech, Hey Mercedes voice prompt and Mercedes’ air balance and perfume package. Then there’s a large heads-up display and to assist AMG Dynamics, three-stage ESP. While the boot isn’t quite as large as the regular GLE, you do get a huge 655 liters, and there’s help from the airmatic system. When you want to load luggage you can lower the air suspension in the rear via a button in the boot.

The Engine Performance
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The AMG GLE 63s features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under its hood. The hand-assembled engine produces a potent 612hp. The car is also equipped with a 22hp electric boost. However, the combined system power never exceeds 612hp, the EQ Boost starter-alternator puts out an additional 250Nm of torque, which goes a long way in countering the 2,445kg kerb weight of the GLE Coupe. What’s particularly effective is that the bulk of the assist comes in at low and medium engine speeds, just when you need it the most. AMG says that this makes for a spontaneous step-off and what’s nice is that this is soon followed by the 850Nm of torque from the combustion engine.

The GLE 63 S gets a modified version of AMG’s regular 9-speed gearbox as the basic functionality is almost identical to the E 63 S. The GLE’s unit gets a more robust torque converter instead of a multi-plate wet clutch. Mash your right foot to the floor and this block of metal will accelerate from 0-100kph in a claimed 3.8sec, no letup in power felt until you are well past 200kph. This, incidentally, is faster than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, so yeah, this is a heavy-hitter and can move. Power and performance aren’t the only objectives, should you want greater efficiency, you can also select ‘Glide mode’ which decouples the driveline when you are coasting.

The AMG GLE 63S rides on air springs and gets adaptive dampers. However, the dampers have a particularly wide range and the difference between Comfort and Race, in theory, should help deliver a more pliant ride and sportier handling. To help the GLE ride and drive better, AMG has also introduced dynamic engine mounts, a first for one of its SUVs. They turn soft and supple when you want the SUV to ride well and stiffen up to prevent the engine from flopping around when you are cornering hard.

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