Ever since Merc launched the ML 55 AMG in 1999, the SUV segment has become much more than just a niche with most of Mercedes-AMG’s current line-up featuring all-wheel drive exclusively, and now that even Alfa Romeo and Jaguar are at the super-SUV thing the whole industry has evidently been influenced by the ’99 ML 55.

As the auto industry cools from pretty much A to Z manufacturers are seeing passenger car sales stunted as opposed to truck and SUV sales, which continue to grow. Affalterbach has no plans to cease launching SUVs seemingly on a weekly basis and the latest gap to fill in the line-up is just about GLC sized…

The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, then, is out in both standard and ‘coupé’ body styles as well as regular or S flavours, meaning you can choose between 476bhp or 510bhp from the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 shared with stuff like the GT R supercar.

Affalterbach also added adaptive air suspension and an all-wheel drive system with variable torque distribution, as well as a limited-slip differential for the rear axle. Whichever you choose, top speed is electronically limited to 250kph, but the standard engine serves up 650Nm of torque while the S is worth 700Nm from 1,750rpm. Astoundingly, 0-100kph in this two-tonne SUV takes as little as 3.8 seconds which makes this thing as quick as a Mercedes-AMG GT S.

With the ‘Panamericana’ style grille up front featuring vertical slats shared with AMG’s sportscars you won’t mistake a GLC 63 for a normal variant. Options include the AMG Night package, which is basically all the highlights painted gloss or matte black, as well as up to 21in wheels. An exclusive Edition 1 launch model additional features matte yellow or graphite grey stripes and a more aggressive body kit package, plus contrasting stitching inside the car in yellow.

The new GLC 63 range premiered at the New York motor show and sales will start in the last quarter of 2017.


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