Heavily Camouflaged 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 Spied Winter Testing

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The next-generation Mercedes-AMG GLS63 is currently cold weather testing in northern Sweden.

Spy photographers have caught the high-performance luxury SUV playing in the snow, and while it’s still heavily camouflaged, we can see there’s a Panamericana grille lurking up front. The special grille is reserved for AMG’s hottest models, helping give the GLS63 a distinct look. In addition, there are bigger wheels and tires compared to the standard model, as well as wider front and rear fenders.

The current GLS63 is powered by a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine with 557 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, but look for its replacement to use the company’s more popular 4.0-liter biturbo V8 producing around 600 hp.

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Likely not debuting until next year, the new GLS rides on the MHA platform, which will help the full-size SUV lose some weight. The German automaker is also increasing interior space for passengers, with a focus on the last row. Similar to other Mercedes-Benz products, the standard GLS will arrive first, while the AMG models will be announced at a later date. Expect the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 to go on sale sometime in late 2019.

The next-gen Mercedes GLS is also expected to spawn an ultra-luxurious Maybach variant.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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