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The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ models

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Sharpened vehicle dynamics, optimum connectivity, and operation via gesture control: Mercedes-AMG is updating 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 lap record on the North Loop has proven to impressive effect that the GLC 63 is right at the top of its segment in terms of vehicle dynamics. With our V8 biturbo, we hold a decisive USP in the competitive environment. With AMG DYNAMICS we were able to hone the vehicle dynamics even more and also further increase the suitability for everyday use and the connectivity with MBUX. This makes the GLC 63 an all-rounder for every occasion”, says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The new features at a glance

 

  • New headlamp design
  • New tail lamp design
  • New, optional 21-inch light-alloy wheels
  • New 90 mm twin tailpipe trims in a trapezoidal design
  • New paint colour graphite grey metallic
  • MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions and displays, touchscreen display, accelerated voice control and optional gesture control
  • New AMG steering wheel with Touch Control buttons and steering wheel buttons (standard on S model)
  • New upholstery magma grey/black with yellow contrasting topstitching
  • Electronically controlled locking differential standard on all models
  • New AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program “Slippery”
  • Dynamic handling control AMG DYNAMICS with three/four (S model) agility forms
  • Trailer Manoeuvring Assist
  • S models with AMG Driver’s Package as standard

Expressive front view with restyled headlamps

 

The exterior design is eye catching with the AMG-specific radiator grille that widens out towards the bottom and the vertical black louvres. The restyled LED High Performance headlamps reinforce the visual presence with the flare look for the daytime running lamps. The wide front apron in a jet-wing design, combined with the large front splitter, emphasises 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 the front and rear likewise accentuate the dynamic appearance.

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. Two trapezoidal twin tailpipes in high-sheen chrome round off the exhaust system.

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.

With the new optional MBUX interior assistant, selected functions can be operated touchfree and the reading light can be switched on and off. The advanced 3D camera system makes operation easier for the driver and front passenger through approach detection, illumination support and rapid access to favourites by evaluating hand movements in the area between the media display and touchpad. In practice this means as soon as a hand approaches the touchscreen or touchpad the MBUX interior assistant depicts certain control elements on the media display in enlarged form or highlights them.

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. There are three AMG-specific display styles of “Classic”, “Sport” or “Supersport” that bring 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 central touchscreen media display improves further vehicle functions, 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 underlines the leadership ambition of the new mid-size Performance SUVs in terms of driving dynamics. Driver and front passenger sports seats are in ARTICO man-made leather, combined with DINAMICA microfibre, which combines excellent lateral support with functional ergonomics tailored to the job of driving.

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

 

The new AMG steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre, features extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles allow for an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting. On the S model, the steering wheel comes as standard with a rim in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre (optional for base model). The AMG steering wheel is optionally available in nappa leather with trim in black piano lacquer, DINAMICA all-round as well as DINAMICA with trim in high-gloss carbon fibre.

The integrated Touch Control buttons can be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster and the infotainment system with a swipe of a 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.

Adapt to the body using air cushions: the performance seats 

 

The optional AMG Performance seats provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. As an option, the seat side bolsters adjust perfectly to the body contours by means of built-in air cushions. The seat heating ensures pleasant seating comfort even at lower outside temperatures.

More agility with high stability: AMG DYNAMICS

 

Depending on the engine, up to six drive programs are available:
“Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “Individual” and “RACE” (S model only). The programs are linked to the AMG DYNAMICS agility control, which means that the handling characteristics of the GLC 63 4MATIC+ can be set to meet various requirements and driving conditions.

Behind the umbrella term AMG DYNAMICS are the agility functions “Basic”, “Advanced”, “Pro” and “Master” (S model only), which are automatically selected by the respective drive program. Driving-relevant parameters such as the torque distribution of the all-wheel drive, the interventions of the electronically controlled locking differential and the control thresholds of the completely redeveloped ESP®are intelligently adjusted depending on the drive program.

  • “Basic” is assigned to the “Slippery” and “Comfort” drive programs. In this case, the GLC 63 4MATIC+ shows very stable handling with high damping of the yaw rate.
  • “Advanced” is activated in the “Sport” program. The GLC 63 4MATIC+ is then neutrally balanced. The lower yaw damping, lower steering angle requirement and enhanced agility support dynamic manoeuvres such as driving on winding country roads.
  • “Pro” is part of the “Sport+” programme. In “Pro” the driver receives even more assistance for dynamic driving manoeuvres while agility and precision are further enhanced when taking corners.
  • “Master” (only in the S model) is coupled with the RACE drive program. “Master” mode is aimed at drivers who want to experience dynamism and the driving enjoyment on closed-off circuits. “Master” offers an extremely neutral vehicle balance, low steer angle requirement and more agile steering. In this way, “Master” ensures maximum agility and fully exploits the dynamic potential.

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”. The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction and optimal response. The spray-guided direct petrol injection system ensures clean and efficient combustion with high thermodynamic efficiency. Fast-acting piezo injectors enable fuel to be delivered to the engine on demand and with the utmost precision.

The extensive engine cooling system ensures the engine’s performance even under extreme loads. The same is true for the flow-optimised cylinder heads, which are made of a special heat-resistant alloy. Continuous adjustment of the intake and exhaust camshafts improves power delivery and efficiency, delivering excellent throttle response and optimising the charge cycle for every operating point. An oil pump with variable control also contributes to low fuel consumption.

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, dry, wet or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because the intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.

An electromechanically controlled clutch connects the permanently driven rear axle fully variably to the front axle. The best possible torque split is continuously computed according to the driving conditions and driver’s input with seamless transitions and based on a sophisticated matrix. Alongside traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.

Ideal combination of dynamism and comfort: the suspension 

 

The agility, highly dynamic lateral acceleration and maximum grip of the new models are also thanks to the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension with fully supporting multi-chamber air suspension and adaptive adjustable damping which ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving dynamics and steering precision.

The front axle features a four-link design with special steering knuckles, optimised elastokinematics and radial brake connections. Independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements enable higher lateral acceleration with minimal torque steer.

The model-specific multi-link concept at the rear axle impresses with highly precise wheel control and increased rigidity. The AMG-specific rear axle carrier makes the wider track possible in comparison with the GLC from Mercedes-Benz, while the contact surfaces of the wheel bearings have also been moved further outwards. Other measures include AMG-specific wheel carriers, stiffer elastokinematic tuning and higher negative camber.

Intelligent air display for optimum driving characteristics

 

Thanks to a sporty spring, damper set-up and the adaptive damping adjustment, the new three-chamber air suspension system combines exemplary driving dynamics with excellent road roar and tyre vibration characteristics. The stiffness of the air springs can be adjusted over a wide range by activating or deactivating individual air chambers, making for perceptibly enhanced comfort and handling.

There are three degrees of spring tuning, depending on the selected drive program and current driving status. The spring rate is hardened automatically in the event of sudden load changes, fast cornering, heavy acceleration or heavy braking. This effectively reducing roll and pitch while stabilising the performance SUV and coupé.

The adaptive damping adjustment is also part of the standard specification. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements. This improves the driving safety and the ride comfort. The damping depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting. The ideal operating point can be selected at all times on the basis of a broad scope of information relating to acceleration or vehicle speed, for example.

The driver can select between three different sets of damper characteristics, namely “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+”, and thus individually influence the driving experience — from highly comfortable to sportily taut.

Sensitive and fast: the locking differential

 

For improved traction and driving dynamics, all models are equipped with an electronically controlled locking differential. This reduces the slip on the inside rear wheel when cornering, without any control intervention in the braking system. The result is that it allows the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier. The vehicle remains more stable when braking from high speed, while the limited-slip differential also improves traction from rest.

The greatest benefit of electronic control is its even more sensitive and even faster adjustment capability in changing driving situations: which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle’s limits. The three-stage ESP® with “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” settings works in perfect unison with the rear-axle limited-slip differential and is optimally tuned to the outstanding dynamics.

Sensitive and steadfast: the high-performance compound braking system

In line with the high output values the eight-cylinder models have a large-dimensioned brake system consisting of internally-ventilated, perforated compound discs at both the front and rear axles, with 6-piston fixed callipers used at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear.

The brake system also wins points with a high service life and immediate response – guaranteeing fast lap times.

Among the comfort features of the vehicle are hill start assist, priming and dry-braking in the wet. With the ignition switched off and the vehicle at a standstill, the transmission automatically selects Park position “P”. Meanwhile, the electric parking brake releases automatically when pulling away.

S model with dynamic engine mounts as standard

The more powerful GLC 63 4MATIC+ S comes with dynamic engine mounts, reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit. These dynamic mounts are instantly and variably able to adapt their rigidity to the driving conditions and style of driving. Soft engine mounts improve comfort, as they provide more effective decoupling of noise and vibration. However, handling and agility benefit from a generally stiffer mount set-up. The driver feels more connected to the vehicle when driving dynamically, as there is more feedback and the steering response is more direct. All in all, the driver benefits from a more precise driving sensation.

Data at a glance 

AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+
Engine 4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and exhaust-gas turbocharging 4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and exhaust-gas turbocharging
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc
Output 350 kW (476 hp)
at 5500-6250 rpm
375 kW (510 hp)
at 5500-6250 rpm
Peak torque 650 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm 700 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+
all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution
AMG Performance 4MATIC+
all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission
Fuel consumption –

combined

12.4-12.2 l/100 km* 12.4 l/100 km*
Combined CO2 emissions 283-278 g/km* 283 g/km*
Efficiency class G G
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.0 s 3.8 s
Top speed 250 km/h** 280 km/h

* Figures for fuel consumption and for CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the Technical Service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test method and correlated into NEDC figures. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.
* Electronically governed, with AMG Driver’s Package 270 km/h

AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ Coupé AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé
Engine 4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and twin turbochargers 4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and twin turbochargers
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc
Output 350 kW (476 hp)
at 5500-6250 rpm
375 kW (510 hp)
at 5500-6250 rpm
Peak torque 650 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm 700 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+
all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution
AMG Performance 4MATIC+
all-wheel drive with fully
variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission
Fuel consumption –

combined

12.3-12.1 l/100 km* 12.3 l/100 km*
Combined CO2 emissions 280-275 g/km* 280 g/km*
Efficiency class G G
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.0 s 3.8 s
Top speed 250 km/h** 280 km/h

* Figures for fuel consumption and for CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the Technical Service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test method and correlated into NEDC figures. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.
* Electronically governed, with AMG Driver’s Package 270 km/h

Contacts

Lara Mneimneh

Public Relations Senior Executive

Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East

Phone: +971 (0)4 806 5087

E-mail: lara.mneimneh@daimler.com

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Senior Account Executive

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Email: Khalild@houseofcomms.com

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