• 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 469 hp
  • High output GLC63 S Coupe boasts 503 hp
  • Adds MBUX with 10.25-inch center touchscreen
  • Styling tweaks include reshaped grille
  • On sale late 2019
  • 2019 models range from $71,795 to $82,795 (with destination)

 

With the Mercedes-Benz GLC compact SUV undergoing a minor makeover for 2020, so, too, does its most steroidal variant, the Mercedes-AMG GLC63. Like its lower-powered siblings, the GLC63 is available in both standard-style squared-off hatchback and slope-roofed Coupe body styles. The latter offers an even more potent variant, the GLC63 S. All of these muscular crossovers enter 2020 with minor styling tweaks outside, more significant changes inside,

The GLC63’s design is marked by a Panamera-style grille with vertical bars, and for 2020, the shape of the grille opening is altered to be wider at the bottom. The LED light signature of the headlights and the taillights also is revised. Standard wheels are 20 inches, while 21s (in a new design) are optional.

Revamped cabin

Greater changes take place inside, highlighted by the MBUX infotainment system. It starts with a 10.25-inch touchscreen (up from 8 inches previously), which also can be controlled via voice commands prefaced by the phase “Hey, Mercedes.” Upgrading to the MBUX Interior Assistant bring gesture recognition as well. Meanwhile, the instrument cluster is replaced with a 12.3-inch screen, which can be customized with a choice of three different display styles.

The newly designed steering wheel spokes feature touch-sensitive nubs that respond to vertical and horizontal swipes, controlling select functions. On the S model, the steering wheel includes a control knob for quickly selecting a drive mode and two configurable buttons to allow quick access to select features. A new gray and black two-tone Nappa leather interior has yellow contrast stitching.

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Hand-built 4.0-liter V8s

As before, the GLC63 is powered by a handmade 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that kicks out 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, with the S model upping that output to 503 ponies and 516 lb-ft. The 4.0-liter V8 pairs with a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. The GLC63 chassis features air springs, adaptive dampers, and electronically controlled locking differentials.

The field of insanely powerful compact SUVs is growing, however, with BMW announcing full-fledged M versions of the X3 and X4, and Jaguar rolling out an F-Pace SVR. Comparing horsepower figures, the GLC63’s 469 horsepower falls just shy of the X3/X4 M’s 473 horses, while the AMG S model and M Competition variants are tied at 503 horsepower. AMG’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 has the edge in torque over BMW, with the standard GLC63’s 479 lb-ft beating the M’s 442 lb-ft. Jaguar beats both Benz variants in power, however, with its larger 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 making 550 horsepower, while the SVR’s 502 lb-ft of torque sits between the base GLC63’s 479 lb-ft and the GLC63 S model’s 516.

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Pricing, availability

The revised GLC63 family rumbles into dealerships in late 2019. Pricing has not been announced, but for reference, the 2019 versions range from $71,795 for the GLC63 to $82,795 for the GLC63 S Coupe.

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