Latest High-Performance SUV
It’s been almost 20 years since Mercedes applied its AMG charms to an SUV for the first time. Over the years we’ve seen all manner of high-performance sport utes from the German automaker, and in New York this week the latest AMG SUV makes its debut in the shape of the GLC63. This will be the first time Mercedes has put a biturbo V8 into its midsize crossover.
Three versions of the GLC63 will be available – SUV, Coupe and S Coupe. These represent quite the boost up from the current AMG GLC43. Power on the GLC63 SUV and Coupe will come from a hand-built 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine producing 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. For those looking for a bit more power, there’s the GLC63 S Coupe which bumps output to 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is impressive with either option – 60 mph comes up in just 3.9 seconds in the SUV and Coupe – the GLC63 S Coupe does the same sprint in 3.7 seconds.
Sporty and Dynamic
“For us, the new GLC63 is a quite special vehicle. It is no easy job designing an SUV to be highly sporty and dynamic while at the same time offering inherent extreme driving stability and efficiency,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The result is an SUV that can be driven with high precision and agility and which, if required, is equally at home on a high-speed lap of the race track.”
All that power is harnessed with the very quick AMG SPEEDSHIFT 9-speed transmission and sent to the road via the AMG 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive system. The intelligent all-wheel drive system utilizes an electromechanically controlled clutch that connects the permanently driven rear axle to the fully variable front axle. The best distribution of power is constantly calculated based on driving condition and driver input.
The GLC63 also features an air suspension system that can be adjusted for a comfortable ride or made stiffer for better performance. The driver can choose from three settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport+. No matter which setting is chosen, the spring rate will automatically adjust in the event of sudden load changes, strong acceleration or braking, as well as fast cornering.
One of the standout features on this newest member of the AMG family is the Panamericana grille that was previously only seen on the flagship AMG GT sportscar. The wide front bumper, bolder wheel arches, side sills, quad exhaust and the 19-inch Titanium Grey wheels (20-inch on the S) distinguish the AMG GLC63 from its lesser siblings.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 models will arrive in showrooms early in 2018. Pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date.