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Detroit LIVE: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe [Video]

by Drew Johnson

The BMW X6 has a legitimate rival in the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe.

Not to be outdone by BMW and its X6 M, Mercedes-Benz is using the 2015 Detroit auto show to introduce the world to its take on the high-performance crossover. Called the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe, the new model melds AMG performance with the slick styling of Mercedes' latest .

The heart of any AMG product is the engine, and that holds true for the GLE63 S Coupe. Powered by a 5.5L biturbo V8, the GLE63 S Coupe cranks out a massive 577 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque.

In order to handle that power efficiently, the GLE63 S Coupe employs a seven-speed automatic transmission and an AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with a 40/60 front/rear power split. Despite its sizable footprint, the GLE63 S Coupe can hustle from 0-62 in 4.2 seconds.

Cornering promises to be a GLE63 S Coupe strong suit thanks to active anti-roll bars and an air suspension that is design reduce body lean. A "Comfort” setting is also included with the air suspension, giving the GLE63 S Coupe somewhat of a split personality.

AMG brakes are fitted as standard, ensuring the GLE63 S Coupe can stop as well as it accelerates.

"We see great potential in this vehicle segment, which is new to Mercedes-AMG,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "The GLE63 Coupe is the logical progression of our ambitious growth strategy - after all, in 1999 with the first high-performance SUV ML55 AMG, we established a completely new segment.”

Stylistically, the GLE63 S Coupe stands out from the crowd with larger front air inlets, front splitter, LED headlights, flared wheel arches and 22-inch AMG wheels. Interior tweaks for the GLE63 S Coupe include 3-spoke performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, leather-covered instrument panel, AMG-specific gauge cluster and AMG badging.

Pricing for the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe will be announced closer to its late-summer launch date.

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