The expressive front section with the AMG-specific radiator grille widening out towards the bottom and the vertical black louvres. The restyled flatter 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 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 Mercedes-Benz 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 Parking Assist and the seat adjustment.
The interior describe 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 SUV and Coupé are available as base and S model variants: the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine generates 350 kW (476 PS) or 375 kW (510 PS) with a maximum torque of 650 or 700 Nm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h 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 250 km/h (electronically limited, with the AMG Driver’s package 270 km/h), 280 km/h 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.
The more powerful GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ comes with dynamic engine mounts. These resolve the conflicting aims of comfort and dynamic performance by 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.
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. 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.
The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a variable ratio. It impresses with its precise and authentic feedback and can be preselected in the two settings “Comfort” or “Sport”. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increased at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, and that the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. Furthermore, the power steering system is dependent on the current lateral acceleration, the chosen AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program or the damping adjustment setting.