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Can that be its real name? Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC Coupe. Oh yes. Because it’s the hotter (S) version of the AMG version of the coupe version of the Mercedes’ GLE-class. The GLE-class, if you’re still following, is the car formerly known as ML-class. The 4MATIC bit is to say it’s four-wheel drive, but that’s superfluous really as there’s no 2WD option. Maybe just as well given it has a stonking 585bhp and 560lb ft to deploy. That puts it in the very top league of high-power SUVS. Does the world really need another off-road five-door coupe? Need? Hardly. Want? Very much so, it seems. BMW’s X6 might not be a thing of beauty but plenty of people bought it, so BMW did an X4 too. Anyway the GLE Coupe is a lot better looking and integrated than the new GLE itself. Also, it’s wider and lower, which helps dynamics - the arches have room for the humungous 22-inch tyre options fitted to our test car. From the back, the GLE Coupe’s arched window, tapering pillars, strong haunches and horizontal tail-lights bring to mind the S-class coupe. There are even hints, through the bottom of a beer glass maybe, of the AMG GT. There’s enough headroom in the back for grown-ups, and a huge boot.