Two new performance SUVs from Mercedes-AMG have been revealed - the GLC 63 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 4MATIC+ Coupé.
The only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine, Mercedes-AMG says the new models are aimed at those who seek a mid-size performance SUV with ‘superior power delivery along with a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound’.
The SUV and Coupé variants of the GLC 63 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ are also available from launch as "Edition 1" special models; adding exclusive equipment details, the Edition 1 models top 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 matt yellow or graphite grey, depending on the paint colour. The matt black 21-inch cross-spoke forged wheels feature highlights in the form of yellow or high-sheen rim flanges. The Aerodynamics package, too, draws its inspiration from the world of motor sport, says Mercedes-AMG.
Power comes from an AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, which also powers the AMG GT sports car, with 476 hp or 510 hp in the GLC 63 S and GLC 63 S Coupé variants, aiding a top speed which is electronically limited to 155mph. The new model also features the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ and also comes with 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. 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.
Four AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual" allow the driver to influence the car’s characteristics. The GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ has an additional "RACE" drive program, in which all the parameters are configured for maximum performance.
The 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.
Styling wise, 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 - affirming the 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, hints at 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. The S-model variant also has matt iridium silver inserts. 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 also 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.
On the inside, the driver and front passenger are enclosed as standard in sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather, combined with DINAMICA microfibre, with 'excellent lateral support and functional ergonomics'.
The instrument panel is trimmed in black ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting topstitching, 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.
Order books open on 16 June 2017, while the market launch begins in September 2017.