Just a few days ago, Mercedes-Benz previewed its upcoming GLE Coupe SUV set to arrive next year. Now a prototype of the range-topping Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG has been spied virtually undisguised ahead of a potential unveiling at the Detroit Motor Show 2015 in early January.

At the front, this GLE test mule can be differentiated from other non-AMG ones as its front fascia is notably more aggressive with larger air intakes also featuring. Additionally, a menacing single bar grille is featured as is a bonnet incorporating air extractors at the rear. Elsewhere, this Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG prototype is rolling on a set of new AMG wheels while at the rear, it features the typical AMG quad exhaust pipe setup as well as taillights clearly inspired by those from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

Beneath the skin, the Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG apparently won’t be powered by the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which recently debuted on the new AMG GT and C63 models. Instead, reports suggest that the firm’s outgoing 5.5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine will be maintained and if that is the case, expect power to rise to the 550 hp mark to adequately compete with the 567 hp BMW X6 M.

[Via World Car Fans]

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