The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is ready for full AMG treatment, and new spy images show that the large, high-performance SUV is well advanced in its development phase.

The largest SUV in the German car manufacturers range was introduced as standard last month, but prototypes of the hot version have already been seen with relatively little disguise.

The main says its not a common GLS, like the traditional quad exhaust pipes, the vertical grille grille with thicker air intakes and the larger front wheels needed to fit around the larger brakes.

Like its GLC 63 and upcoming GLE 63siblings, the GLS 63 will use AMGs 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The same unit produces 503bhp in the GLC and up to 604bhp in the saloon and estate E63. However, the current range of SUVs, the G-Class, conforms to 577bhp in 63 forms. It is not yet clear whether the GLS will break the 600 bhp barrier, but it is likely.

Either way, expect a 0-60mph time of less than four seconds and a limited maximum speed of 155mph. Youll also have a unique chassis and steering adjustment, although we have yet to establish whether Mercedes-AMG will fit the GLS 63s four-wheel drive system with a “drift mode” function.

However, before the GLS 63 arrives in early 2020, the seven-seater model will win a “53 AMG” variant with half fat, making use of a straight-line six-seater hybrid version. That unit in the CLS coupe produces 429 bhp, so he expects something similar for the GLS.

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