The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 has been revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, packing over 600hp, and a plethora of luxury and technology!
Starting with it’s headline features, under its hood lies the familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 450kW (612hp) and 850Nm of torque. The flagship high-performance SUV now also comes equipped with an integrated EQ Boost starter-generator that unites a starter motor and an alternator into a single electric motor located between the engine and transmission. It also provides an additional 16kW and 250Nm of torque and performs hybrid functions such as boost, recuperation, gliding, and the start/stop engine function.
Mercedes-AMG claims acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 4.2 seconds, while the top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). 280 km/h is possible with the optional AMG Driver’s package. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
Helping to manage all of this power, the AMG GLS 63 is equipped (as standard) with AMG Ride Control – an air suspension with a unique spring and damper setup and the Adaptive Damping System. A total of six driving modes are on offer: Comfort, Sport, Sport +, Individual, Trail, and Sand.
For maximum traction and dynamics, the new AMG GLS 63 is equipped with AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution from 0:100 to 50:50 and an AMG electronic rear-axle locking differential.
Thanks to pneumatic self-levelling, the AMG GLS 63 maintains a constant vehicle level regardless of the vehicle load. The ride height is generally lowered by 10 mm in the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs “Sport” and “Sport+”. In the “Comfort” drive program, the vehicle is not lowered by 10 mm until the speed exceeds 120 km/h, and is raised back to normal level when the speed falls below 70 km/h. This reduces aerodynamic drag and therefore fuel consumption. In addition, handling stability is improved thanks to a lower centre of gravity. To increase ground clearance on poor surfaces or on ramps, the ride height can be raised by up to 55 mm at the touch of a button when the engine is running – both when stationary and when driving at a speed of up to 70 km/h.
Slowing the large SUV is a high-performance braking system consisting of ventilated and perforated brake discs with 6-piston fixed calipers painted in grey and white (with AMG printed on the face) up front, with internally ventilated brake discs with a 1-piston floating caliper at the back.
The AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical louvres in high-gloss chrome is larger than in other AMG models. It characterises the front view in conjunction with the expressive bonnet, the heavily contoured powerdomes and the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps included as standard. The look is reinforced by the newly designed AMG front apron with an integrated jetwing in high-gloss black, the front splitter, the jetwing trim strip in silver chrome and the striking, sporty side air inlets.
The flared wheel arches, side skirts and exterior mirror housings are painted in the vehicle colour, while the window surrounds are in high-gloss chrome. The newly designed, width-emphasising AMG rear apron with a sporty diffuser dominates the rear view in conjunction with the AMG exhaust system with two rectangular, characteristically corrugated twin tailpipes.
The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is shod as standard with 21-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with a high-sheen finish. For further individualisation, six further wheel variants with diameters of up to 23 inches are available.
The interior of the GLS 63 is spacious, displays outstanding quality and has plenty of space for up to seven people. An authentic AMG atmosphere is ensured by the AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, illuminated door sill panels with “AMG” lettering, black floor mats with “AMG” lettering and ambient lighting. High-quality materials for the dashboard and door beltlines in ARTICO man-made leather, plus high-gloss anthracite limewood trim elements, accentuate the high-end ambience.
For state-of-the art operating convenience, the Performance SUV has the modern Widescreen Cockpit, the instrument display and the media display under a glass cover as a visual unit. The multimedia touch display is generous in size and has a high resolution. The AMG instrument cluster with specific content such as the RACETIMER and AMG start-up menu has a choice of four display styles – “Modern Classic”, “Sport”, “Discreet” and AMG-specific “Supersport”.
The AMG seats for the driver and front passenger ensure optimum lateral support and have an AMG- specific seat upholstery layout – with an “AMG” badge in the front backrests. These are in black AMG nappa leather as standard. There is a choice of seven further colour and material variants. For first-class comfort, the multicontour seats for the driver and front passenger feature seat climate control and the Memory Package. The second-row seats are heated as standard. This is also optionally available for the third seat row.
Other model-specific appointments and controls such as the 3-spoke AMG steering wheel variants combine the sporty and precise handling with optimum ergonomics. These steering wheels have a flattened lower section and impress with touch-control buttons, aluminium shift paddles and a facing with “AMG” lettering. The optional AMG steering wheel buttons help to ensure fast and precise operation of dynamic functions.
Australian orders for the AMG GLS 63 start in the second quarter of 2020, with GLS63 deliveries due late in the year.