Uber SUVs may not be your cup of tea but there's no doubting their popularity or absurd performance. The GLE 63 produces 585hp from the familiar 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, accompanied by 560lb ft from 1,750-5,250rpm. That makes it more powerful than the Range Rover Sport SVR, BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. That will most likely matter to quite a few customers. The 0-62mph is dispatched in 4.2 seconds (the Porsche is faster...) with top speed limited to 155mph or 174 depending on which option boxes are ticked. Kerbweight? Don't ask.
Mercedes claims the chassis has been "completely revised to deliver even better driving dynamics and agility." Throttle response and shift times are said to be improved too. So there we are, another way to offend every person in sight will be available soon.
X5 xDrive40e. Contain your excitement now. The Mercedes combines the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 seen in the E400 with a 116hp electric motor to produce 442hp and 479lb ft. That performance allied to 85.6mpg and 78g/km makes a case that's annoyingly hard to argue with, at least by the numbers.
The Dynamic Select system seen in both the AMG GT and C63 is further modified for use in the GLE. There's an off-road setting for "mild terrain" and an 'off-road plus' mode if the 'Off-Road Engineering package' has been specified. That gives the GLE a 100 per cent inter-axle diff lock, Airmatic suspension that has up to 285mm of ground clearance and a fording depth of 600mm. Y'know, in case it has rained in the M&S car park.
The GLE is still recognisably an ML from the outside, albeit refreshed with the new Mercedes corporate face and those LED lights. For the GLE 63 the standard rims are 20s, with 21s on the extras list. It "impresses with dominance" supposedly.
Mercedes will release the GLE in the UK this September following a debut at the New York show next week. Prices to be confirmed nearer the time.