New pairing uses same engine as C 63 and come in 469bhp regular or 503bhp S guises; sales commence this June
12 April 2017

The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4Matic+ and GLC 63 Coupe 4Matic models have been revealed at the New York motor show.

The powered-up mid-sized SUV twins join AMG’s 48 existing models and take direct aim at the Porsche Macan Turbo and BMW X4 M40i, running AMG’s widely used twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that, in a move mirroring that of the C 63 4Matic and C 63 4Matic Estate, offers buyers the choice of either 469bhp in standard guise or a heady 503bhp in a pair of range topping 'S' models.

Confirmed for UK delivery in September, the GLC 63 4Matic+ and GLC 63 4Matic+ Coupe are the latest models to receive AMG’s new Panamericana grille treatment first introduced on the GT R as part of a series of exterior styling elements that help to visually differentiate them from lesser GLC and GLC Coupe models, including AMG’s own GLC 43 and GLC 43 Coupe.

The distinctive grille, housing vertical slats and Mercedes-Benz’s signature three-pointed start, is incorporated in a uniquely styled front bumper closely resembling that used by the recently introduced E63 4Matic+ and E63 4Matic+ Estate. Further changes include wider black plastic flares within the wheelarches, 'V8 Turbo' badges along the flanks, wider sills underneath the doors and a new rear bumper housing an integrated diffuser element and four trapezoidal shaped chromed exhaust pipes.

The changes inside correspond with those seen on the C 63 4Matic and C 63 4Matic Estate, with unique instrument graphics, a flat bottom steering wheel, AMG sport seats and various AMG specific controls within the centre console.

Power for the GLC 63 4Matic+ and GLC 63 4Matic+ hails from the same version of AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine used in the C 63 4Matic and C 63 4Matic estate tuned to deliver 469bhp and 479lb ft of torque in standard guise. With added turbocharger boost pressure, it provides an additional 34bhp and 37lb ft of torque in a pair of headlining 'S' models, which boast 503bhp and 516lb ft.

By comparison, the twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine used by the Porsche Macan Turbo develops 434bhp and 516lb ft when fitted with an optional Performance Package, while the turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine of the BMW X3 M40i kicks out a 355bhp and 343lb ft.

But while the C 63 4Matic and C 63 4Matic Estate run a seven-speed version of AMG’s Speedshift MCT gearbox, the new GLC 63 4Matic+ and GLC 63 4Matic+ Coupe come as standard with the newer nine-speed variant of the wet clutch equipped transmission, as launched on the E 63 4matic+ and E 63 4Matic+ Estate late last year.   

The new AMG pairing also adopt the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz performance car division’s 4Matic four-wheel drive system. Also launched on the E 63 4Matic+ and E 63 4Matic+ Estate, the new set-up, which remains exclusive to AMG models for now, uses an electromechanically controlled clutch to connect the permanently driven rear axle with the front axle and provide a fully variable apportioning of drive dependent on prevailing grip and traction levels.

Following the lead of other recent new AMG models, the GLC 63 4Matic+ and GLC 63 4Matic+ Coupe also receive a so-called Dynamic Select system that provides standard models with the four different driving modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport and Sport Plus. The top-of-the-line “S” models also receive a fifth mode: Race. As well as providing variable properties for the throttle and gearbox mapping, the Dynamic Select system also provides the new AMG models with a coasting function on a trailing throttle at speeds between 37mph and 100mph in Eco mode.

AMG is yet to provide official acceleration figures for the various GLC 63 4matic+ and GLC 63 4Matic+ Coupe models, though insiders at its headquarters in Affalterbach on the outskirts of Stuttgart in Germany hint at a 0-62mph of around 4.0sec in “S” guise. By comparison, Porsche claims a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec for the Macan Turbo optioned with the new Performance Package, while the BMW X3 M40i boasts a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.9sec.

As with its rivals, Mercedes-AMG confirms a limited top speed of 155mph for its latest models.

Underpinning the GLC 63 4Matic+and GLC 63 4Matic+ Coupe is a suspension system that combines the four-link arrangement from the C 63 4Matic and C 63 4Matic Estate at the front with the multi-link set-up from the E 63 4Matic+ and E63 4Matic+ Estate at the rear – the latter featuring a wider track and greater negative camber than other GLC and GLC Coupe models. Also included is an AMG tuned version of Mercedes-Benz’s three-chamber Air Body Control system offering three levels of damping stiffness: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.

The GLC 63 4matic+ and GLC 63 4matic+ Coupe runs on standard 8.0-inch wide 19-inch front wheels and 9.0 inch wide 19-inch rear wheels shod with 235/55 front and 255/50 rear tyres. The more powerful GLC 63 4Matic+ S and GLC 63 4Matic+ S Coupe receive 9.5 inch wide 20-inch wheels up front and 10.0-inch wide 20-inch wheels at the rear shod with respective 265/45 and 295/40 profile tyres. Buyers can also specify the new AMG models with optional 21-inch wheels.

At market launch an Edition 1 model will be offered with a unique combination of equipment. This includes a night pack with black details on the car’s exterior, matt black 21in alloys and a spoiler. Inside there’s nappa leather, a performance steering wheel and carbonfibre trim.

Pricing for the new models is yet to be confirmed, but expect the GLC 63 to start at £64,000 and the GLC Coupé to start at £56,000 when sales start on 16 June.

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5 April 2017
I don't like the Coupe, or any of its ilk. But the regular GLC (unfortunate connotations to this name in the UK), looks quite good if you could optionally delete the fugly 'Panamericana grille'
Cant see the point in the 'S' model, the regular cooking model is fast enough, and there is no getting around the fact that doesn't warrant a 6.3 badge...its is really a GLC 4.0!
'Race' mode on a SUV has to be the most ridiculous gimmick of the year, but otherwise i would say this is a pretty complete package.

5 April 2017
One of the ugliest SUVs made even worse. A remarkable achievement Mercedes

5 April 2017
Judging by the Macan Turbos I see around here, they have amazing engineering yet will be driven by people who have no idea how to actually read the road, overtake and take corners properly because they are too busy on their phones.




5 April 2017
It appears to have a 'go faster' stripe...


5 April 2017
Is it just me or was this article one of the most infuriating things to read? Are you being paid to say "C63 4Matic+ and C63 4Matic+ Estate"? I've counted, because clearly I have too much time on my hands and "4Matic" is used 37 times. In other news, I'd love a Mercedes-Benz GLC 63S 4Matic+, although I think the Mercedes-Benz GLC 43 4Matic is probably more than enough for most people.

5 April 2017
Given Mercedes do not make a C63 4Matic+ nor a C63 4Matic+ Estate, he seems to be paraphrasing the wrong M-B PR materials. Cut and paste on his computer gone bonkers, perhaps?

5 April 2017
"GLC 63 Coupe" Coupe? How can that great fat lump of a five-door SUV be described as a bloody coupe?

5 April 2017
This is another example of Mercedes using a styling cue from car and then applying it to others in the hope it'll work. In this is the case its the Panamericana grille and it doesn't make these already ugly looking cars any better. Other examples, the F1-style nose on the SLR and previous SLK. The 'soft-nose' from the SLS which then found it's way to the current SL, SLK and CLS. Or the rear end styling from the rear of its saloon-based coupes which somehow Mercedes thinks will work on its SUV coupes.

5 April 2017
These are not only hideous, but they're also vulgar looking. Thank God we have the likes of the F-Pace, XC60, Range Rover Velar and Stelvio around to bring style, restraint and good taste to the class, inside and out.

5 April 2017
I agree with most of the previous comments: The GLC Coupe clearly defies the definition of a coupe and both models feature a fugly grill design that really should have been consigned to the bin but the big issue for anyone daft enough to contemplate buying one, is the question of whether on 20 or 21" wheels, either model can execute a low speed turn without violently crabbing anytime it gets below 7 degrees C? Apparently other UK spec GLCs can't (including the GLC43AMG), so it doesn't look promising. Maybe in lieu of a fix Mercedes will just suggest owners stump up some extra cash for winter tyres, rather than engineer a solution. The 'Best or Nothing', yeah sure.


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