The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ models: Stylish all-rounder with racetrack genes

Mercedes-AMG has updated the successful GLC 63 4MATIC+ models. The SUV and coupé are being given a new, even more, distinctive light design as well as the MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions and displays. The new dynamic handling control AMG DYNAMICS and the locking differential, which is now controlled electronically on all models as standard, facilitate even more versatile driving experiences. The SUV and coupé are also the only vehicles in the competitive environment to be driven by an eight-cylinder biturbo. Maximum driving pleasure is also ensured by the air suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, the all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution and the high-performance compound brake system. The mid-size performance SUV also offers plenty of space for passengers and luggage, a variable interior, extensive safety features and a high level of comfort on long journeys.

With an officially measured and notarised lap time of 7.49.369 minutes, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+  is currently the fastest SUV in the world on the North Loop of the Nürburgring.

The SUV and coupé are available as base and S model variants: the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine generates 476 bhp or 510 bhp with a maximum torque of 650 or 700 Nm. Acceleration from zero to 62mph is completed by the GLC 63 4MATIC+ in 4.0 seconds, the S models in 3.8 seconds. The top speed of the base model is 155mph, 175mph for the S models. The impressive driving dynamics are based, among other things, on the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, the electronically controlled differential lock, which is now also standard on all variants, and the dynamic engine mounts, which are part of the standard equipment on the S models.

Expressive front view with restyled headlamps

On the exterior design the expressive front section with the AMG-specific radiator grille widening out towards the bottom and the vertical black louvres immediately catch the eye. The restyled flatter LED High-Performance headlamps to reinforce the visual presence with the flare look for the daytime running lamps.

The side sill panels make the SUV and coupé appear to sit lower on the road while elongating the overall lines. The muscular tail end is dominated by the wide rear apron and the diffuser. The redesigned LED tail lamps also ensure an inimitable light signature – with distinctive blocks in a backlit edge-light design.

The S-model is visually characterised by exclusive design highlights. These include the 5-twin-spoke 20-inch light-alloy wheels, longitudinal member panels with inserts in matt iridium silver and the rear apron with diffuser fins and diffuser board with a trim strip in matt iridium silver.

Listens to words and reacts to gestures: the MBUX infotainment system

The new MBUX infotainment system helps make the car highly suitable for everyday use. Whether it is operated with the touchpad, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel, by voice control or gesture control: the operating system of the GLC 63 4MATIC+ is just as versatile as it is flexible. All options are aimed at enabling the control tasks to be carried out as conveniently, quickly and appropriately to the situation as possible.

With the new optional MBUX interior assistant, selected functions can be operated touchlessly and the reading light can be switched on and off. The advanced 3D camera system make operation easier for the driver and front passenger through approach detection, illumination support and rapid access to favourites. To do this it evaluates hand movements in the area between the media display and touchpad. In practice this means: as soon as the hand approaches the touchscreen or touchpad the MBUX interior assistant depicts certain control elements on the media display in enlarged form or highlights them. This applies to the menus of the homescreen, radio/media, map navigation, Active Parkin Assist and the seat adjustment.

And needless to say, the trailblazing voice control activated with the words “Hey Mercedes” is also on-board. Thanks to artificial intelligence, MBUX recognises and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly.

The driver receives visual information via the 12.3 inch instrument cluster on the left and the 10.25-inch touchscreen display on the right. with the three AMG-specific display styles of “Classic”, “Sport” or “Supersport” it brings the vehicle functions directly to life.

Additional information for an even sportier driving experience

Via the specific AMG menu, the driver is able to call up a host of additional information to make the driving experience even sportier, such as Warm-up, Setup, G-Force or Engine Data. The visualisations in the central touchscreen media display equally enable further vehicle functions to be experienced even better, among other things through animated presentation of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems and AMG TRACK PACE. There is also the AMG TRACK PACE view in the optional head-up display with circuit graphic, bends, braking points, delta speed and absolute times.

In addition there is a digital display of the speed and the currently engaged gear. Manual transmission mode is identified by a yellow “M” and a prompt to shift up when reaching maximum engine speed, a touch inspired by the world of Formula 1.

Ergonomics, functionality and quality at the highest level: the interior

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 as standard. 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 the button for the optional AMG Performance exhaust system with flap control.

The S model variant comes with an even more extensive equipment package, including an AMG steering wheel in black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre and AMG badges in the front head restraints.

New AMG steering wheel generation now also standard in the GLC

Extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation are the key attributes of the new AMG steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre, which comes as standard.

The integrated Touch Control buttons can be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster and the infotainment system by means of horizontal and vertical swiping of the finger. The innovative steering wheel buttons are standard on the S model. The AMG drive programs are controlled and depicted on the integrated LCD display using the round controller. Using the two freely configurable display buttons further AMG functions can be operated directly within easy reach on the steering wheel.

The only models with a V8 biturbo

The 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG performance vehicles. A characteristic feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder “V”.

One mechanic assembles each engine in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the “one man ‑ one engine” principle.

The as-standard typical V8 engine sound comes courtesy of an exhaust system with flap technology. The flaps are 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.

Delivers optimum grip: AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

The intelligent AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive combines the advantages of various drive configurations in one: 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 handling stability and a high level of safety under all conditions, in the dry, in the wet or in snow.

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