It appears a higher-end version of the V167 Mercedes-Benz GLE is on its way, according to Car Buzz. During a visit to a local dealership, the publication was presented with an order sheet that revealed a GLE 580 4Matic variant, which is positioned above the existing GLE 450 4Matic.

No further details about the yet-to-be-announced model were found on said document, but it’s assumed that a V8 petrol engine with mild hybrid technology will power the GLE 580 4Matic, if the latest X167 GLS is any indication.

The larger GLS is also available in GLS 580 4Matic guise, which features a M176 4.0 litre biturbo V8 with a 48-volt electrical system and an integrated starter-generator. The total system output of this setup is 489 PS (483 hp) and 700 Nm of torque, with a further 22 PS (21 hp) and 250 Nm via EQ Boost.

For now, the GLE 450 4Matic is the range-topping variant in the GLE line-up, and is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline-six, also with a mild hybrid system. The variant serves up 367 PS (362 hp) and 500 Nm, and can be assisted by EQ Boost (22 PS or 21 hp/250 Nm) over short periods.

However, the (imminent) arrival of the GLS 580 4Matic (supposedly) with a V8 does raise some concerns. For instance, the new variant makes more power than the Mercedes-AMG version of the GLE, the GLE 53 4Matic+ that also uses an electrified 3.0 litre six-cylinder engine, but with 435 PS (429 hp) and 520 Nm. Of course, this is assuming the GLE 580’s engine is tuned to the same specifications as the GLS 580.