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Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 revealed; most powerful SUV in the class

Say hello to the new, most powerful SUV in the premium mid-size segment; the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe. These sit on top of the already-hot GLC 43 AMG versions.

Getting straight to the juicy bits, the GLC 63 comes packaged with the company’s recent 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing either 350kW, or 375kW in the case of the AMG S. Torque is also strong, peaking at 650Nm or 700Nm, respectively.

Power is directed through a four-wheel drive system with a mechanical limited-slip differential for the rear, or an electronic limited-slip differential for the S version. These work in tandem with a new three-stage stability control system, offering On, Sport, and Off modes, all catering for various driving styles.

Like the GLC 43 brother, the 63 comes dressed for the occasion, featuring a unique AMG bodykit with front and rear spoilers, extended side sills, and various aero vents and fins, with a chunky diffuser at the back incorporating the trademark quad-outlet exhaust system. The GLC 63 is also the first SUV vehicle to adopt the AMG ‘Panamericana’ grille, which has up until now been reserved for the AMG GT.

The standard 63 uses 19-inch alloy wheels measuring 8.0 inches wide on the front and 9.0 on the back, wrapped in 235/55 and 255/50 tyres, while the 63 S uses 20-inch wheels measuring 9.5 and 10 inches, front and rear, with 265/45 and 295/40 tyres.

Inside, passengers are treated to special sports seats, with Artico man-made leather, Dinamica microfibre trimmings, lots of contrast stitching, and of course a comprehensive multimedia package with an LCD display for the dash. There’s also a unique AMG Dynamic select switch for the various driving modes.

The new model will be unveiled to the public later this month, with market entry taking place on June 16. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in September in Europe, with Australia set to receive it late this year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.