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The new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC: Superior top-of-the-line model of the high-performance SUVs
Affalterbach. More power, more dynamics, more equipment features – with a rated output of 430 kW (585 hp), a discrete suspension and a revised AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission, the new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC marks the pinnacle of high-performance SUVs. Features which come as standard include the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, which provide optimum flexibility, and the rear-biased AMG Performance all-wheel drive. The GLS 63 4MATIC also shows strength of character with its updated design featuring the AMG brand look and high-quality interior.
The brand's hallmark superior 'Driving Performance' and the generous space for passengers and luggage characterise the new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC. With the change of model designation, Mercedes-AMG is emphasising the proximity to the S-Class: the new high-performance SUV offers up to seven travellers a similarly superior driving experience as the large Mercedes-AMG saloon car.
A look at the technical data underscores the brand's hallmark "Driving Performance": the output increases to 430 kW (585 hp), the acceleration from rest to 100 km/h takes a scant 4.6 seconds. The power delivery of the AMG 5.5-litre biturbo V8 engine culminates in a peak torque of 760 Newton metres, on tap already from as low as 1750 rpm. Larger radiators at the front and special air vents in the bonnet ensure proper thermal regulation of the V8 engine.
"With the new GLS 63 4MATIC, we are completing our unrivalled line-up of high-performance SUVs," says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "The new model captivates with further sharpened dynamic handling, superior product quality and highly individual equipment features." The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC celebrated its world première at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 18 November 2015; the market launch starts in February 2016.
Key data at a glance:
Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC
430 kW (585 hp) at 5500 rpm
760 Nm at 1750-5250 rpm
Fuel consumptionNEDC combined
12.3 l/100 km
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
*electronically limited; with AMG Driver's package 270 km/h
AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes for maximum variability
The superior driving sensation in the GLS 63 4MATIC is also characterised by the new AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes: drivers can choose from "Slippery“, "Individual“ , "Comfort“, "Sport“ and "Sport+“. The rotary switch on the centre console allows the driver to influence not only the throttle response of the engine, the gear-change strategy of the transmission, the ESP® thresholds and the steering power assistance, but also the infinitely variable damper adjustment. The system networks all the control systems and thereby generates a wide variety of distinct driving experiences. "Individual" mode allows drivers to configure their own personal set-up of engine characteristics, gear-change strategy, steering characteristic curve and damper tuning.
As is typical for any AMG model, the acoustic presentation of the new GLS 63 is exceptional. The V8 engine sounds different depending on the selected transmission mode: restrained in "Comfort" mode or markedly throaty and distinctive in "Sport+" mode.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC with temporary M mode
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC likewise impresses with a high degree of variability: depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, the driver experiences comfortable or decidedly sporty gear changes. The "Sport+" mode exclusive to AMG features short response times, high gear-change speeds and emotional gear changes to boost the driving pleasure. Dynamically minded drivers also benefit from the temporary M mode, which combines the performance of manual gear changes with automatic upshifts and downshifts. The ECO start/stop function and the sailing function are active in the "Comfort” transmission mode. This mode helps to further lower fuel consumption: when the driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 60 and 160 km/h, the engine is disengaged from the driveline and idles.
All-wheel drive with rear-biased power split
The permanent AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system is equipped with a discrete transfer case: in the interests of higher agility, the torque has a rear-biased split of 40:60 between the front and rear axle.
The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with AIRMATIC air suspension and automatic level control is fitted with the special spring struts of the infinitely variable ADS Plus damping system – this solution is exclusive to AMG and optimises dynamics and comfort. ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM roll stabilisation is also part of the standard equipment. Active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle reduce body roll during cornering. The reduced roll angle and outstanding cornering properties make for enhanced lateral dynamics and driving pleasure. At the same time, the system provides increased handling stability and therefore safety, especially at higher speeds.
Roll stabilisation, infinitely variable damping and suspension adapt automatically to the prevailing handling situation to offer the best conditions for optimal ride comfort and maximum stability. Damper control changes depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. "Comfort” delivers the least road roar and tyre vibrations and the best ride quality. The "Sport” mode firms up the shock absorbers and reduces the ride height by 15 millimetres. In "Sport+" mode, the GLS 63 offers an even firmer ride – with the emphasis on maximum possible lateral dynamics.
Axles and steering with AMG-specific optimisations
In the interest of high precision and agile handling, the axles have also undergone AMG-specific optimisation: the newly developed elastokinematics on the double-wishbone front axle and the larger anti-roll bar on the multi-link rear axle produce the hallmark AMG direct driving experience with spontaneous response and unambiguous behaviour at the limits. The speed-sensitive sports steering was also thoroughly revised in the interests of enhanced driving dynamics and has a more direct steering ratio. Dependent on the vehicle speed and DYNAMIC SELECT mode, the variable power assist adapts perfectly to the handling situation.
Maximum performance and emotional appeal characterise the design
Maximum performance and emotional appeal – the exceptional position of the new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC is underscored not only by the technical features, but also by the design. Specific AMG design elements convey dominance and exclusivity: from the front, the high-performance SUV impresses with new LED high-performance headlamps and an aerodynamically optimised front bumper whose hallmark AMG "A wing" provides the family resemblance. The front bumper features flics and serves as an air deflector for the large cooling air intakes. The new radiator grille with two high-gloss black louvres, chrome trim and AMG logotype also distinguishes the top-of-the-line V8 model from the other variants.
On the sides, "V8 BITURBO" lettering, special wheel arch flares and 10 J x 21 cross-spoke light-alloy wheels with tyres of size 295/40 R 21 give it a distinctive appearance. Illuminated aluminium-look running boards provide the characteristic SUV appearance and offer more comfortable access when getting in and out. The rear end also looks dynamic: a diffuser insert with four fins and the two dual tailpipes of the sports exhaust system characterise the appearance.
Interior and appointments: focus on 'Driving Performance'
The interior also meets the highest standards with a luxurious ambience and skilfully placed dynamic highlights. Top-rate workmanship, high quality materials and lots of room for up to seven passengers and their luggage turn long journeys into an enjoyable, relaxed experience.
Driver and front passenger benefit from new sports seats with AMG-specific upholstery layout and optimised lateral support. "AMG" badges in the backrests of the first and second row of seats demonstrate the eye for detail. The new 3-spoke Performance steering wheel with flattened bottom section and aluminium gearshift paddles delivers perfect vehicle control. The high-quality AMG nappa leather upholstery is available in the attractive shades of black, espresso brown / black and porcelain / black. Optionally, AMG carbon-fibre / black piano lacquer trim and the AMG Exclusive nappa leather upholstery enhance the ambience. The semi-integrated central display on the instrument panel visualises the individual DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes with animated graphics.
A wide range of exclusive options from the AMG Performance Studio enhances the exclusive character further:
- red painted brake callipers with black AMG lettering
- 10.0 J x 21 cross-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in matt black with a high-sheen finish and size 295/40 R 21 tyres
- 10.5 J x 22 multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in matt black with high-sheen rim flange or high-gloss black with high-sheen spokes and rim flange, in each case with size 285/40 R 22 tyres
- Carbon-fibre engine cover
- Performance steering wheel with DINAMICA microfibre in the grip area