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Mercedes-AMG GLC63, an SUV with punch





5 April 2017


This is the new Mercedes-AMG GLC63, which will debut at the New York International Auto Show this month and is set to compete vehicles like the Porsche Macan Turbo and BMW X4 M40i.

Both the GLC63 SUV and GLC63 Coupé are fitted with the same twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine found in almost all other V8-powered AMG Mercs, which delivers 350kW and 650Nm of torque. While the same engine is tuned to output 375kW and 700Nm in the GLC63 S, which is only available in the coupé body shape.

The engine is mated to an AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed transmission on all trim levels which in turn powers the all-wheel-drive. All GLC63 models come with limited-slip rear differentials, a traditional mechanical unit, except the S that gets an electronically controlled differential.

The fully independent air suspension has adjustable damping and both the transmission and suspension can be adjusted by selecting any of the drive modes.  These start with a more cushioned, slower shifting Comfort mode, and work up to either Sport+ on a GLC63 or Race on a GLC63S.

The GLC63 rides on 19-inch wheels, while the S comes with 20-inch rims.

Visual changes include the Panamericana-style grille, uniquely styled front bumpers and a dog bone-shaped air intake. All GLC63s get lip spoilers and more aggressive rear diffusers.

The interior features some AMG badging, but other than that it remains largely standard GLC.