One of the fiercest rivalries in the automotive industry is Mercedes vs BMW. With Bavarian giant stepping into the full-size SUV segment we will see the battle between their biggest vehicles next year – GLS vs X7. But, the following season brings the most exclusive competition in their history, 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 vs BMW X7 M. The most powerful as well, since both these SUVs are rumored to have over 600 horsepower under the hood. Crazy numbers, but we expect nothing else from two premium German carmakers.
Maybe the advantage of the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 is the hybrid drivetrain. Although unconfirmed yet, there are strong indications pointing to this outcome. Spy photos are there, but these images are not showing everything we want to know. So, fans will have to wait for first official updates by Mercedes. The base GLS is still fresh and it comes as 2020 season model. The only thing we know with confidence is the AMG version is coming in 2021. All further details are speculations based on more or less trusted sources.
2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 Spy Photos
Mercedes is already testing its most powerful vehicle. Spy shots confirm this. From what we can see, there will be a lot of modifications compared to the model we saw already. Well, besides packing 600+ hp, the SUV will have to follow it with aggressive styling. The three-row performance vehicle is going to use the Panamericana grille, unique lights, and probably bumper. We can’t see everything through the heavy camouflage. Still, there are small modifications visible to sharp lenses of the camera. Of course, you don’t take these mules as production models, since there is more than a year left for tests and upgrades of the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63.
As every AMG model, the largest SUV in the family will carry many unique upgrades and features. Besides the Panamericana front fascia, there are special wheels and side steps, very probably hands-free power tailgate, and a lot of cargo space inside the seven-seat SUV. You can always upgrade the offer by adding more speakers to the audio system. Also, the new MBUX infotainment is one of the best on the market currently, so buyers of the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 don’t have to make any extra purchases.
2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 Specs
The EQ boost hybrid system is the biggest addition for the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 drivetrain. Engineers are replacing a 5.5-liter V8 engine that produced 577 hp with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo mill. The smaller, but the more powerful unit will crunch 490 horsepower. By adding the EQ Boost features, the new AMG SUV is going to be able to burst 605 horsepower and 665 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission pairs this drivetrain for a smooth ride. The new model will need around 4 seconds to accelerate 0-60 mph. Top speed of this monster will be limited.
There are also rumors about the bigger drivetrain. According to some sources, Mercedes could use a 6.0-liter V8 with a possible output of 620 hp and 750 pound-feet of torque. Further rumors are upgrading the drivetrain with various features that will help this V8 create more than 800 horsepower, as GT concept shows up. Whatsoever, this is not likely to happen, since a smaller 4.0-l engine can produce enough power, and EQ Boost system perfectly fits that drivetrain and improves its fuel economy.
2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 vs 2021 BMW X7 M
Like Mercedes, the BMW is developing its high-end performance-oriented full-size SUV. Stories about the X7 M started right after the premiere of the new model. This version is already available in Europe, but with a diesel engine. In the USA, the X7M will use larger petrol unit which will be able to produce over 600 hp. Where it stops, we will have to wait for the release date to find out. However, the Bavarian carmaker will follow steps of its archrival and prices of these high-end SUVs will be similar.
2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 Release Date, Price
The new 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 is not facing only BMW X7 M as the only rival. There are also Land Rover’s SUV, which tops the range with $210,000 price tag, and Audi who is creating a performance version of the new Q8. Whatsoever, Mercedes could push the limits even further with Maybach GLS version. This one is going to be the most luxurious SUV on the market with a price over $250,000. It will be more expensive than the G-Class models.
The 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 will cost $130,000. You can still upgrade it with some features. The exact offer will be available in the second half of 2020. The sales will start in 2021. By then, all its rivals will respond with their offers. BMW X7 M should become official by then, as well as the Audi RS Q8.