The GLC63 is the midsized SUV on steroids that the wife *might* agree to

The Mercedes GLC rolled onto the scene for the 2016 model year as a replacement for the aging GLK-Class. It took a good year, but Mercedes-AMG finally brought the GLC43, which was followed by the model you see here – the GLC63. Carrying the same general silhouette, the GLC63 brings its own unique styling cues that include the AMG grille, a more aggressive fascia, upgraded wheels and brakes, and an overall sportier appearance. But, it’s about a lot more than looks with AMG models, and that’s why the GLC63 comes with a 4.0-liter Biturbo V-8 crammed under the hood that’s good for 476 horsepower. But, if you step up to the GLC63 S you can have as much as 510 horsepower – that’s some serious power for a midsized SUV. This is the same engine that’s used in the AMG GT series and is backed by the 4MATIC+ AWD system, a limited-slip differential in the rear, air spring suspension, and adjustable dampers to help keep things from getting squirrely under the gun.

The order books for the new GLC63 and GLC63 S are already open with the official market launch slated for September of 2017. When it rolls into showrooms, it will be staring down the barrel of models like the Audi SQ5 and the BMW X3 (M40i trim.) Does it have what it takes to reign supreme in its segment and take its rightful place on the throne? Well, let’s dive on in and take a good look at it to find out for ourselves.

  • 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    9-speed sports
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    476 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    479 @ 1750
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    4.0 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    70000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    9/10

Exterior

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Previous spy shots showcased a basic GLC with a different pair of fascias and the fire-breathing goodness of a V-8 under the hood. Now that the GLC63 has debuted, however, we see that it stands out among the GLC lineup thanks to a number of cues, with the most important being the Panamerican grille – marking the first time this grille design has been used on a performance SUV from the German Marque. Previously reserved only for the AMG GT series, the grille helps differentiate the GLC63 and GLC63 S from their less-powerful brethren the GLC43. Adding to that unique look up front is a reworked fascia with wider and taller corner vents and a revised air dam.

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When it comes to the side profile, there isn’t a whole lot to write home about, but the GLC63 does get new side skirts that give the appearance that the SUV sits a bit lower to the ground than its lesser counterparts. This look is reinforced by the 19-inch, 10-spoke, light-alloy wheels that are finished in titanium gray with a high-sheen finish. These wheels measure eight inches wide in the front and nine in the rear. The fronts rock 235/55-series tires while the rears get 255/50-series rubbers. If you opt for the GLC63 S, you get 20-inch wheels with 265/45-series tires up front and 295/40-series tires out back. Optionally, the GLC63 and 63S can be equipped with 21-inch wheels if you’re willing to pony up some extra cheddar. The side profile is rounded off with black window trim, black mirrors, and red brake calipers.

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Around back, the GLC63 and GLC63S get their own unique taillights that offer up a different matrix layout compared to not only the standard GLC but the GLC43 as well. Down below, a new rear fascia insert provides a diffuser-like element for a sportier appearance, which is also flanked by revised exhaust outlets that are finished in the same titanium gray as the wheels. All told, it’s very attractive all of this is exactly what the GLC63 needed to have its own look in the GLC lineup.
Exterior Options

AMG Night Package AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package
Front splitter in high-gloss black Carbon fiber mirrors
Gloss black side skirts Carbon fiber spoiler lip
Gloss black mirrors 20-inch light-alloy wheels
Gloss black window trim 21-inch light-alloy wheels
Matt black roof rails 21-inch forged wheels
Tinted rear glass
Chrome exhaust tips

Interior

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If the interior of the GLC63 looks familiar to you, it should. It’s nearly identical to that of the standard model and the GLC43 and borrows at least one cue from the interior of the Mercedes-AMG GT. That cue would be the circular vents, and who can complain about that – it’s sporty. What you’ll find in the GLC63, however, includes standard sport seats that are wrapped in ARTICO man-made leather. GLC63 S models get AMG badges on the headrests. You’ll notice that the same steering wheel carries over from the GLC45, but if you opt for the range-topping GLC63 S, you’ll find yourself gripping onto a performance steering wheel that’s wrapped in black Nappa leather with a healthy dose of DINAMICA microfiber in the 3 O’clock and 9 O’clock positions. The GLC63 shares its instrument cluster with the lesser GLC43, but the GLC63S model gets its own exclusive unit with red highlights to provide a little extra flare. Of course, you’ll find a touchpad to control the infotainment system and the AMG Dynamic select switch on the center console. The center stack and center console are also graced by massive carbon fiber trim insert. Aluminum trim, perforated front seats, and aluminum pedals all round out the interior package.

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AMG Performance Studio Interior
Black ARTICO leather on upper dash and waistline
Two-tone Nappa leather in red pepper/ black or platinum white/black or perforated black Nappa Leather
Designo Nappa leather in platinum white/black with diamond design
Designo Nappa Leather in black with diamond design
Carbon fiber and bright aluminum trim with longitudinal gain
AMG Performance front seats with enhanced support
AMG badging for rear seat backrests

Drivetrain

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Lurking under the hood is AMG’s legendary 4.0-liter Biturbo V-8. As is the case with the GLC63 and 63S Coupe, this powerplant is good for 476 horsepower and 479 pound-feet in the GLC63 or 510 horsepower and 516 pound-feet in the GLC63S. In both models, maximum horsepower comes into play from 5,500 rpm to 6,250 rpm while torque kicks in at 1,750 rpm and holds at max until 4,500 rpm. That’s awesome and all, but what really sets this specific engine apart is that the turbochargers are actually mounted inside the engine “V” as opposed to externally. They are still driven by exhaust gases, obviously, but because of their location relative to the engine, they are able to provide near instantaneous response while at the same time cutting back on exhaust gas emissions. This is also the same engine that’s found in the AMG GT series, and each one is built by a single person to keep true to AMG’s “one man – one engine” ideology. Let’s just hope your engine builder wasn’t having a bad week, huh?

Both the GLC63 and GLC63S get AMG’s new Speedshift, nine-speed, MCT transmission – the same one that made its debut not that long ago in the Mercedes-AMG E63. IF you haven’t had a chance to experience this new nine-speed, you’re missing out. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t replace the row-your-own goodness of an official six-cog and clutch pedal, but for an automatic, it keeps things pretty frosty and the shift times are amazing – much quicker than anything we experienced just a few years ago. It does allow for quick, multiple downshifts with ease, and the overall response is quite impressive. To help increase response from driver input and to save weight, AMG took it upon itself to swap out the torque converter for a wet clutch assembly, which really helps with acceleration. I know, it sounds like PR talk, but once you actually get to experience one, you’ll understand.

Power is sent to all four wheels in both models via Mercedes’ 4MATIC AWD system. And, while you’re more likely to enjoy the benefits of AWD during some spirited driving on a windy road, it’s perfectly capable of going off road too, if you’re brave enough to take a Merc off the beaten path, anyway. A limited-slip differential in the rear helps with traction but what’s really important is the fact that the front and rear axles are coupled together with an electromechanically controlled clutch system that allows torque to be distributed as needed depending on conditions for the best acceleration and traction. There is a total of four drive modes available that include comfort, sport, sport plus, and individual. These drive modes adjust the all-wheel drive and stability systems, as well as engine and transmission response and suspension stiffness. Those who wish to customize their own driving experience will undoubtedly spend days customizing the individual mode. Those who wish to shift themselves simply press the “M” button and take control of the steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.

All told, the GLC63 is good for a 4.0-second sprint to 62 mph while the GLC63 S can make it to the same benchmark in 3.8 seconds. Top speed for both models is limited at 155 mph.

AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+
Engine 4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and twin turbochargers 4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and twin turbochargers
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc
Output 476 HP @ 5,500-6,250 RPM 510 HP @ 5,500-6,250 RPM
Max. torque 479 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,500 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,500 RPM
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+ permanent all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution AMG Performance 4MATIC+ permanent all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed sports transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9‑speed sports transmission
Combined fuel consumption 10.7–10.3 l/100 km 10.7 l/100 km
Combined CO2 emissions 244-234 g/km 244 g/km
Efficiency class E F
Weight (DIN/EC) 4,243/4,409 Lbs 4,265/4,431 Lbs
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 4.0 s 3.8 s
Top speed 155 mph 155 mph

Pricing

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With the GLC43 starting out at $59,650, you can expect the GLC63 to start out around $70,000 with the GLC63 S likely going for closer to $80,000. Of course, if you take into consideration the fact that the GLE63 is priced at $37,000 more than the GLE43, Mercedes could impose a higher starting price on the GLC63 that what we’re expecting. It will be officially introduced to the market in September of 2017, so we should see official pricing information break out about a month or so beforehand.

Competition

Audi SQ5

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When it comes to the GLC63, there really isn’t much for competition. It might seem surprising, but the only real competitor out there right now is the Audi SQ5. It is roughly about the same size but is significantly underpowered in comparison to what we expect from the GLC63. It isn’t quite as sporty as the GLC63 will be, and it only delivers 354 horsepower and 347 pound-feet from its 3.0-liter V-6. It does have all-wheel drive and can hit the 60 mph sprint in 5.1 seconds. That said, the SQ5 is a bit closer to the GLC43, but having all the extra power of the GLC63 will come at a price. The SQ5 is currently priced at $53,300 for the entry-level model and $60,800 for the Prestige trim. That means you’ll be able to get the range-topping SQ5 for about $10,000 cheaper when everything is said and done.

Read our full review on the Audi SQ5 here.

BMW X3 M

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Considering the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC fight it out with the BMW X3, it’s only suitable that we talk about the BMW X3 M as a competitor for the GLC63. Up until recently, the X3 M was nothing more than a rendering and a dream, but BMW must have taken the hint because we’ve recently laid eyes on spy shots of what we believe was the X3 M going through the motions at the Nürburgring. It was still under heavy camo, but we believe it will share a lot of design cues with the X5 M. The interior will feature a host of M-specific features, and there should be a 3.0-liter inline-six crammed under the hood.

If Bimmer goes with the same engine and tuning from the M3 and M4, expect to mill to deliver 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That kind of output will still fall a little short of the power we expect to see in the GLC63, so the X3 M will probably be just a bit slower in a straight line. Expect 62 mph to come in around five seconds with top speed limited to a very German 155 mph. We expect the X3 M to go for somewhere in the neighborhood of $65,000 or so.

Read our full review on the BMW X3 M here.

Conclusion

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Nobody would blame you for saying you like the idea of a midsized SUV with this kind of performance credentials, but it’s also hard to justify such a model. This thing is the definition of a grocery-getting family hauler on steroids, and that’s cool, but would you ever really take one of these off-road? I’m not sure I would, and if I’m going to hit bends at high speed, I’m going to do it in something that has a lower center of gravity. But, if you’re into getting the kids to school in a hurry, or scrambling your eggs before you get home, you’re certainly looking at the right vehicle. Of course, I’m just being a little harsh here – this is actually a decent-looking vehicle. But, what do you think? Would you spend the cheddar to get a beastly midsize SUV or would you rather spend the money on something that sits lower and goes faster? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Leave it
    • Will be expensive
    • No real competition

Spy Shots

May 23, 2016 - Mercedes-AMG GLC63 caught testing once again

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October 23, 2014 - Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 begins testing

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Press release

As early as 1999 Mercedes-AMG set a milestone with the ML 55 – not only in its own 50‑year history. For the combination of high-performance engine in the skin of an SUV opened up an entirely new market segment. The performance and sports car brand now occupies a unique position in the competition again as it presents its new mid-size performance SUV at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 10.7-10.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 244-234 g/km) plus the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 10.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions (combined): 244 g/km). For the first time, a mid-size SUV is now also available with the powerful eight-cylinder biturbo in two output variants. The basis for this is provided by the AMG 4.0‑litre V8 engine with 350 kW (476 hp) or 375 kW (510 hp) in the GLC 63 S and GLC 63 S Coupé variants. Acceleration from 0‑100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds also impressively demonstrates: the new SUVs hold a special position in their market segment. The Performance SUVs also feature air spring suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, a rear-axle limited-slip differential and a high-performance braking system. As a visual indication of their links with Mercedes-AMG sports cars, the new models sport the AMG Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for the AMG GT family. In addition, the new models offer all the advantages of a Mercedes-SUV: ample room for passengers and luggage, comprehensive array of safety equipment and superior traction, also in the wet or in wintry road conditions.

The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ Coupé occupy exceptional positions in their respective markets on every front. They are the only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. Mercedes-AMG thus meets the wishes of those customers who, also in a mid-size Performance SUV, are looking for a combination of superior power delivery along with a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound.

"For us, the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ 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. This required us to put our heart and soul, along with our many years of SUV expertise, into the development of this vehicle. 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. With our V8 biturbo engine, we hold a decisive USP in the Performance market. What is more, with SUV and Coupé, we offer the widest choice in the segment. Also, the technical closeness to our sports cars is visually underlined by the Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for our AMG GT models," says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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Unique offering in the segment with V8 biturbo engine

SUV and Coupé are available as basic and S-model variants: the proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine puts out 350 kW (476 hp) or 375 kW (510 hp) with a max. torque of 650 or 700 Nm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is completed by the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ in just 3.8 seconds, while the GLC 63 4MATIC+ takes 4.0 seconds. The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).

V8 biturbo closely related to engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT

The 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG Performance vehicles. It is also installed in the AMG GT sports car with dry sump lubrication. A characteristic feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder "V". The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction, optimal response and low exhaust gas emissions. One mechanic assembles each engine in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the "one man – one engine" principle.

Short shift times, high efficiency: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission

The new GLC 63 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ feature the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+. The driver benefits from extremely short shift/response times. Fast multiple downshifts and the double-declutching function make for a highly emotive gearshift experience. A start-off wet clutch replaces the torque converter. This saves weight and optimises the response to the driver’s accelerator pedal input, particularly on acceleration and during load changes.

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AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive

After the E-Class from Mercedes-AMG, the GLC, too, now comes with AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. This intelligent system unites the advantages of different drive concepts: the fully variable torque distribution to the front and rear axles ensures optimal traction right up to the physical limit. The driver is also able to rely on high driving stability and handling safety under all conditions, both in the dry and in the wet or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.

An electromechanically controlled clutch connects the permanently driven rear axle fully variably to the front axle. The best possible torque distribution is continuously computed according to the driving conditions and driver’s input. Transitions are seamless and based on a sophisticated matrix. Alongside traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.

For a personalised experience: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs

The four AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual" allow the driver to extensively influence the characteristics of the GLC E 63 4MATIC+. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP® and all-wheel drive. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension settings can also be specially selected if required.

"Comfort" is the balanced drive program with a comfort-oriented suspension and steering set-up as well as a fuel-efficient powertrain configuration with early upshifts – including smooth gearshifts and a restrained engine sound. The ECO start/stop function and coasting function are activated. This is how it works: When the driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 60 and 160 km/h, the clutch of the MCT transmission opens and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain. The electronics lower the engine speed to idle and driving resistance is reduced by the compression and friction forces of the engine on overrun.

The DYNAMIC SELECT "Sport" and "Sport Plus" drive programs are designed for high driving dynamics. This results from an agile accelerator pedal characteristic with direct set-up and emotively appealing gearshifts with shorter shift times and double-clutching function on downshifts. The increased idle speed in "Sport Plus" also enables especially fast pull-away and acceleration from rest.

The GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ has an additional "RACE" drive program, in which all the parameters are configured for maximum performance. With a total of five drive programs, the Performance SUV once again offers the widest choice in the segment.

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Exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound

The as-standard typical V8 engine sound comes courtesy of an exhaust system with flap technology. It is controlled by a map and automatically operated depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. Optionally available is the Performance exhaust system, which allows the sound to be modulated at the press of a button. In any case, the exhaust systems are so designed that all noise limits are complied with irrespective of the flap position.

Specific suspension for maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics

The agility, highly dynamic lateral acceleration and maximum grip of the new models are also thanks to the new AMG suspension with fully supporting multi-chamber air suspension, which ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving dynamics and steering precision.

The front axle features a four-link design with special steering knuckles, optimised elastokinematics and radial brake connections. Independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements enable higher lateral acceleration with minimal torque steer.

The concept for the rear axle was carried over from the E 63 4MATIC+ and specially matched to the requirements of the GLC. The model-specific multi-link concept impresses with highly precise wheel control and increased stiffness. The AMG-specific rear axle carrier makes the wider track possible in comparison with the GLC from Mercedes-Benz, while the contact surfaces of the wheel bearings have also been moved further outwards. Other measures include AMG-specific wheel carriers, stiffer elastokinematic tuning and higher negative camber.

Individual driving experience thanks to three-chamber air suspension system

Thanks to a sporty spring and damper set-up and continuously variable damping, the new three-chamber air suspension system combines exemplary driving dynamics with excellent road roar and tyre vibration characteristics. The stiffness of the air springs can be adjusted over a wide range by activating or deactivating individual air chambers, making for perceptibly enhanced comfort and handling.

There are three degrees of spring tuning, depending on the selected drive program and current driving status. The spring rate is hardened automatically in the event of sudden load changes, fast cornering, heavy acceleration or heavy braking, this effectively reducing roll and pitch while stabilising the Performance SUV.

The adaptive damping can be set in three stages – "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus" – to choose between relaxed comfort on long journeys and maximum sportiness. The rebound and compression levels are adjusted independently of each other, and the freely programmable maps permit a wide spread between minimum and maximum damper force. The difference between the comfortable and sporty suspension settings is made more refined and is clearly perceptible – depending on driving style.

The GLC 63 4MATIC+ is shod as standard with 10-spoke light-alloy wheels 8.0 J x 19 (front) and 9.0 J x 19 (rear) painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and with tyres of size 235/55 R 19 (front) and 255/50 R 19 (rear). The dimensions for the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ are 265/45 R 20 (front) and 295/40 R 20 (rear) on 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish in 9.5 J x 20 (front) and 10.0 J x 20 (rear). There are other, optional wheel/tyre combinations as well as forged wheels, up to sizes of 265/40 R 21 on 9.5 J x 21 on the front axle and 295/35 R 21 on 10.0 J x 21 wheels on the rear axle.

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Rear-axle limited-slip differential: optimal traction under all conditions

For improved traction and driving dynamics, the GLC 63 4MATIC+ comes with a mechanical rear-axle limited-slip differential, while the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ uses an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential. Both differentials reduce the slip on the inside wheel when cornering, without control interventions by the brakes. The result: allows the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier thanks to the improved traction. The vehicle remains more stable when braking from high speed, while the limited-slip differential also improves traction from rest. Overall, the rear axle has been specially matched to the higher driving dynamics of the new Performance SUVs.

The greatest benefit of the electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential is the even more sensitive and faster control, which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle’s limits. The three-stage ESP® with "ESP ON", "ESP SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" settings works in perfect unison with the rear-axle limited-slip differential and is optimally tuned to the outstanding dynamics.

Precise, agile handling: speed-sensitive sports steering

The electromechanical, speed-sensitive sports steering makes for precise, agile handling with authentic feedback. The driver benefits from the variable steering ratio and optimised response.

The steering also features variable power assistance with the two modes "Comfort" and "Sport". The power steering is dependent not only on the vehicle’s speed, but also on the instantaneous lateral acceleration, selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program and setting of the adjustable damping.

With 390-millimetre perforated and internally ventilated brake discs at front and rear, the compound braking system on the GLC 63 4MATIC+ ensures short stopping distances along with excellently controllable braking force.

Expressive front end with Panamericana grille

A striking characteristic of the exterior design is the expressive front end: the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ is the first Mercedes-AMG Performance vehicle to feature the Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for the AMG GT family of sports cars. This design statement affirms the consistently dynamic design of the new Performance SUV and Coupé. A wide front apron inspired by the design of a jet wing, with a large front splitter, impressively embodies the power of the new models. By dispensing with a fine-meshed grille, it gives a view of the cooling technology – a typical attribute from the world of motor sport and a further differentiation from the other GLC models. Wider wheel arch claddings at front and rear lend emphasis to the muscular looks.

The new side sill panels make the SUV and Coupé appear to sit lower on the road while elongating the overall lines. On the S-model variant, matt iridium silver inserts make for a distinctive appearance. The muscular rear end is dominated by the wide rear apron and diffuser in grained black. The trim on the diffuser board of the S-model variant is in matt iridium silver. The SUV is for the first time provided with a spoiler lip on the roof, while the spoiler lip on the Coupé is familiar from the GLC 43 4MATIC. The exhaust system is terminated by two high-gloss chrome-plated twin tailpipe trims.

Interior also with a consistent focus on driving dynamics

The interior underscores the leadership ambition of the new mid-size Performance SUVs in terms of driving dynamics. Driver and front passenger are enclosed as standard in sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather, combined with DINAMICA microfibre, which unite excellent lateral support with functional ergonomics tailored to the job of driving.

The instrument panel is trimmed in black ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting topstitching. The high-grade look is underlined by aluminium trim. The touchpad is flanked by the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch and numerous AMG-specific controls, such as the button for the 3-stage AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension, 3-stage ESP® or optionally the button for the AMG Performance exhaust system with flap control.

The S-model variant comes with an even more extensive equipment package, including a Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather / DINAMICA microfibre, AMG badges in the front head restraints in combination with leather appointments and AMG instrument cluster with red highlights.

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Exclusive optional extras

The AMG Performance Studio offers technical and design highlights to make the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ even sportier, more exclusive and more individual. The following provides just a selection:

AMG Performance exhaust system with flap control at the push of a button
Greater differentiation of the sound characteristics by two additional exhaust flaps
Sound characteristics dependent on selected drive program ‑ clear differentiation between a full sound in the C and S drive programs and a distinctly sporty sound in the S+ and RACE drive programs
Additional control of the sound characteristics via button on the centre control panel in the centre console
AMG Night package:
Front splitter of the AMG front apron in high-gloss black
Inserts in the AMG side sill panels in high-gloss black
Exterior mirror housings in high-gloss black
Waistline trim strip and window frame in high-gloss black
Roof rails (SUV only) matt black powdered
Heat-insulating, dark tinted glass from B-pillar
AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome-plated twin tailpipe tips
Trim strip on the diffuser board in high-gloss black (only in combination with S-model)

AMG Exterior Carbon Fibre package:
Exterior mirror housings in carbon fibre
Spoiler lip in carbon fibre
20-inch light-alloy wheels (two colour variants)
21-inch light-alloy wheels (two colour variants)
21-inch forged wheels (two colour variants)
AMG Performance Studio interior:
Upper section of instrument panel and waistlines in black nappa-look ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting topstitching in the appointments colour
Two-tone nappa leather in red pepper/black or platinum white/black, perforated
black nappa leather, perforated
designo nappa leather in platinum white/black with diamond design
designo nappa leather in black with diamond design
Trim in carbon-fibre/bright aluminium with longitudinal grain
AMG Performance seats for driver and front passenger with more heavily contoured seat shape for enhanced lateral support, with integral head restraints and "AMG" badge in the seat backrests

Exclusive "Edition 1" special model at market launch

The SUV and Coupé variants of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ are also available at launch as an "Edition 1" special model: the exclusive combination of equipment details turn the special model into the flagship of the range.

In both body variants, the Night package in high-gloss black enhances the racing-inspired looks. The sports stripes on the sides of the vehicle are in yellow or matt graphite grey, depending on the paint colour and model variant. The matt black 21-inch cross-spoke forged wheels are provided with highlights in the form of yellow or high-sheen rim flanges. The Aerodynamics package, too, draws its inspiration from the world of motor sport.

The racing feel is carried over into the interior. The sports seats are upholstered in black nappa leather and reprise the colour yellow in the contrasting topstitching of the specific diamond pattern. Black nappa leather with yellow contrasting topstitching also enhances the door centre panels, armrests and centre console. Further yellow highlights adorn the instrument cluster, floor mats and Performance steering wheel with flattened bottom section in DINAMICA microfibre with 12 o’clock marking. Added to this is AMG trim in matt carbon fibre / bright aluminium with longitudinal grain. Exclusive to the Edition 1 special model is the AMG Performance seat with diamond design and contrasting topstitching in yellow (standard in the S-Model with a corresponding exterior).

The new mid-size Performance SUVs celebrate their world premiere in April 2017. Start of sales is on 16 June 2017, while the market launch begins in September 2017.

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