The new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+: Serenity at the highest level

The “S-Class among SUVs” meets AMG Performance Luxury: The new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ is more dynamic and versatile than ever before. Emotive design, exclusive appointments, plenty of space for up to seven people and further improved driving dynamics make the GLS 63 an unrivalled package in the luxury SUV segment. Superior driving pleasure is guaranteed by the powerful 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with 612 hp and an integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator. The 22 hp ancillary unit supplies the 48-volt electrical system, and its boost function provides assistance at low engine speeds.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ also meets higher dynamic expectations thanks to its fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission and the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL air suspension with active roll stabilisation based on the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension system.

“With the new GLS 63 we are offering a vehicle to those customers who are not willing to accept compromises when it comes to versatility, effortless superiority and spaciousness. We have further increased the powertrain’s efficiency in conjunction with the EQ Boost starter-alternator and 48-volt electrical system, so making our GLS 63 the ideal companion for long distances, on a par with the S-Class, with rough-terrain attributes and space for up to seven people”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.

The exterior: expressive, dominant and sporty

The unmistakable design idiom of the new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ indicates the sheer power of the Performance model. The AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical louvres in high-gloss chrome is larger than in other AMG models. It characterises the front view in conjunction with the expressive bonnet, the heavily contoured powerdomes and the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps included as standard.

The flared wheel arches, side skirts and exterior mirror housings are painted in the vehicle colour, while the window surrounds are in high-gloss chrome.

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ is shod as standard with 21-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with a high-sheen finish. For further individualisation, six further wheel variants with diameters of up to 23 inches are available.

The GLS is given an even more expressive and distinctive character by the optional AMG Night package. Striking exterior features in high-gloss black, e.g. the jetwing trim strip and front splitter, the exterior mirror housings and the trim strip in the AMG rear apron, exude sporty elegance. A

Exterior design: powerful presence

Modern luxury both on and off the road: that is the design message of the new GLS. Its aesthetics are based on the confident presence that its impressive dimensions alone create (length 5207 mm, width 1956 mm). The wheelbase of 3135 mm, which is 60 mm longer than that of its predecessor, makes the vehicle beneficially longer and gives it harmonious proportions, emphasised by the understated, elegant side design. The GLE follows the design strategy of Sensual Purity, and dispenses with individual edges and beading in favour of generously sculptured surfaces.

The front section of the new GLS exudes presence and power: this is ensured by the upright radiator grille in an octagonal SUV interpretation, the prominent, chrome-plated underguard in the front apron with the bone-shaped air inlet grille, and the bonnet with two powerdomes. This striking appearance is emphasised by the distinctive headlamp design by day and night. The GLS has MULTIBEAM LED headlamps as standard, with a total of 112 LEDs per headlamp. These produce the maximum light intensity permitted by law, which results in the brightness of the main beam headlamps only falling below the reference value of 1 lux after a distance of more than 650 metres. The daytime running lights with three LED segments underline the status of the GLS as the S-Class of SUVs.

The GLS cuts an imposing figure from the rear, too. This is particularly ensured by the powerful shoulder muscle extending from the rear doors to the tail lights, which enables the GLS to strike an imperious pose on the road. The two-piece tail lamps are based on LED technology, and their high-calibre, three-dimensional look conveys depth and solidity. The reflectors are relocated lower down, giving the tail lamps a flatter appearance. They are crowned by a slender, continuous chrome trim strip. The rear is strikingly rounded off with the chrome-plated underguard.

Interior: high-quality, spacious and authentic

The interior of the GLS 63 is spacious, displays outstanding quality and has plenty of space for up to seven people.

For state-of-the art operating convenience, the Performance SUV has the modern Widescreen Cockpit, the instrument display and the media display under a glass cover as a visual unit. The multimedia touch display is generous in size and has a high resolution. The AMG instrument cluster with specific content such as the RACETIMER and AMG start-up menu has a choice of four display styles.

The AMG seats for the driver and front passenger ensure optimum lateral support and have an AMG- specific seat upholstery layout – with an “AMG” badge in the front backrests. These are in black AMG nappa leather as standard. There is a choice of seven further colour and material variants. For first-class comfort, the multicontour seats for the driver and front passenger feature seat climate control and the Memory Package. The second-row seats are heated as standard. This is also optionally available for the third seat row.

Other model-specific appointments and controls such as the 3-spoke AMG steering wheel variants combine the sporty and precise handling with optimum ergonomics. These steering wheels have a flattened lower section and impress with touch-control buttons, aluminium shift paddles and a facing with “AMG” lettering. The optional AMG steering wheel buttons help to ensure fast and precise operation of dynamic functions.

Even more space, optional comfort features and outstanding sound

The new GLS 63 has a significantly longer wheelbase than its predecessor. The resulting increase in space particularly benefits occupants in the second seat row. Legroom here is increased by 87 mm when the seats are in their rearmost position, which also makes it easier to get into the vehicle. As standard for the European market, the second row has a 40:20:40-split folding rear bench seat with adjustable backrests.

Optional comfort features reinforce the claim to be the “S-Class among SUVs”: the AIR-BALANCE package, ENERGIZING package or ENERGIZING package Plus, the Warmth Comfort package and various packages for the rear raise the level of luxury in the interior to the highest level. The standard-fit Burmester® surround sound system or the optional Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system guarantee an emotive listening experience.

Ready for top performance: the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with integrated starter-alternator

For the first time the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine of the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ is equipped with an integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator. It combines a starter motor and an alternator in a single, powerful electric motor compactly integrated between the engine and the transmission.

The briefly and additionally available 22 hp of output and 250 Nm of torque allow particularly fast sprints from a standstill and intermediate sprints, e.g. when overtaking. Moreover, this innovative component not only supplies the 48-volt electrical system, and is not only used as a power generator, but also performs hybrid functions. These include boost, recuperate, load point shift, gliding and the virtually imperceptible restarting of the engine with the start/stop function. For the first time, the EQ Boost starter-alternator is also responsible for idle speed control. This allows fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology.

Other characteristic features of the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine: 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. In the GLS 63 it develops an output of 612 hp. The performance of the V8 biturbo engine is enhanced by a further 16 kW courtesy of the integrated starter-alternator – resulting in impressive torque of up to 850 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 62mph takes 4.2 seconds, while the top speed is 155 (electronically limited). 174mph is possible with the optional AMG Driver’s package.

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive and AMG Speedshift TCT 9G Transmission

For maximum traction and dynamics, the new GLS 63 is equipped with AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution from 0:100 to 50:50 and an AMG electronic rear-axle locking differential. The intelligent control links the permanently driven rear axle variably with the front axle and continually calculates the optimum torque distribution – depending on the driving situation and the driver’s wishes. The driver therefore benefits from the advantages of a traction-oriented all-wheel drive system, as well as those of pure rear-wheel drive, and from excellent handling characteristics on any surface.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission (TCT = Torque Converter Transmission) ensures highly dynamic acceleration with short shift times, and allows a comfortable and fuel-efficient driving style. The transmission is optimally configured for the engine and promises hallmark agility when moving off along with speedy gearshifts – either automatic, or manual via the steering wheel shift paddles. Upshifts or downshifts are implemented instantly. Especially in the “Sport+” drive program and in manual mode, the transmission is very responsive. Another strength of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G are the fast multiple downshifts. For example, on kick-down, the transmission can shift directly from 9th to 5th gear or from 5th to 3rd gear.

Even better day-to-day suitability: the MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific displays

The innovative operating and display concept MBUX features as standard in the GLS 63 4MATIC+ and includes numerous AMG-specific contents. With the Widescreen Cockpit, the instrument cluster and touchscreen multimedia display optically combine into one unit. Whether it’s operated with the touchpad, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel, by voice control or gesture control: the control concept is both versatile and flexible. Numerous functions can also be activated via the intelligent voice-operated control “Hey Mercedes”. The optional MBUX Interior Assist also allows intuitive, natural operation of different comfort and MBUX functions by movement recognition and gestures, creating an even closer connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers.

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