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Mercedes introduces all-new GLS, updated GLC AMG

17 April 2019

Mercedes hit the New York Motor Show hard with the debut of two important high-end model introductions.

The first is the all-new GLS, which will serve as the ultimate in the line-up.

For an ultimate SUV, it’s not as flashy as we were expecting. It’s a rather understated, elegant car, but as a high-riding S-Class, most of the magic is to be found underneath.

The list of features is longer than the car, but we can provide some highlights. The main instrument cluster and infotainment screen consists of dual screens, as can be found on the S-Class. It comes as standard with Merc’s new MBUX interface, while the quality seems to be superb across all three rows.

Power will be provided by a 48-volt mild-hybrid and the new six-cylinder engines as found in the all-new GLE. The AMG version will likely be powered by the familiar 4.0-litre biturbo petrol V8. All models will use a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The other surprise unveiling was the updated Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, which currently holds the title of the fastest SUV on the Nürburgring. It set an officially measured lap time of 7.49.369 minutes, which was more or less the benchmark for supercars not that long ago.

Both the SUV and the coupé feature a new light design, MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions and displays, a new dynamic handling control system and an electronically locking differential.