The performance-tuning geniuses at Mercedes-AMG have finally been released in the new GLS class and created the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 2021, powered by a 603 hp double turbo v-8 that breathes fire. The interior offers space for the whole family while traveling very, very fast. Mercedes-AMG is launching all the technological features it has in the GLS63, including two 12.3-inch infotainment displays, a semi-autonomous driving mode available and a 48-volt hybrid system to help with the performance of the large SUV. Mercedes-AMG says the new GLS63 will be incorporated into dealership showrooms in mid-2020.
The GLS63 is brand new by 2021, after a brief pause when the previous generation finished production after the 2019 model year.
> GLS63 4Matic: $ 130,000 (est.)
We are not exactly sure how many options and packages Mercedes-AMG will offer in the GLS63 2021 when it goes on sale in the middle of 2020. We expect a long list of performance and style improvements, which will probably push the price of the GLS63 north of its entrance fee.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Three rows of seats and interior style that are slightly more sporty compared to the GLS class of the Benz brand differentiate the GLS63 from two-row SUV powers such as the Audi RS Q8 and the BMW X5 M. The cargo space is also expected to be the same as that of the standard GLS class, which in our tests fits four handbags behind their third row and 30 in total behind the front seats.
Infotainment and connectivity
The GLS63 comes standard with the same dual-screen infotainment configuration found in the non-AMG variant. Two 12.3-inch screens, located next to each other in a shared bezel, form the digital caliber screen and the central infotainment screen. The new Mercedes-Benz MBUX interface can be controlled via voice, touch screen or with the click wheel mounted on the center console. Automatic integration of Apple CarPlay and Android is standard, as is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi access point.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Under the hood of the GLS63 there is a 4.0-liter double-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces a total power of 603 horses with the help of a 48-volt hybrid system. We have not driven the new 2021 model, but the old GLS63, which made 577 horsepower, managed a quick 4.3-second run from zero to 60 mph. Mercedes-AMG says that this new model can do the test in 4.1 seconds, and we are eager to test it. Four-wheel drive is standard, as is a nine-speed automatic transmission and a pneumatic suspension.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The EPA has not published any fuel economy estimate for the GLS63 2020, but with such a powerful engine, we are not hiding the hope of economic car efficiency. Once we get a GLS63 for testing, we will take it on our 200-mile road fuel saving test route to see what you can do in real world conditions.
Safety features and driver assistance
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not published the crash test results for the GLS 2020 class. Mercedes-AMG will offer several assistance functions to the series driver, with more advanced features, including a semi-autonomous driving mode. Key security features include:
> Standard Automated Emergency Brake
> Standard Lane Maintenance Assistance
> Adaptive cruise control available with semi-autonomous driving mode.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Mercedes-AMG standard warranty policies are nothing special. In addition, they offer zero free scheduled maintenance, unlike BMW and Audi, which offer such an advantage.
> The limiteed warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
> The powertrain waranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
> No free scheduled maintenance