2019 New York Auto Show: Fierce Face-Lift for GLC 63 SUV, Coupe

April 16, 2019 by Carly Schaffner, @carlyschaffner

Mercedes-AMG is giving its GLC 63 SUV and coupe a fiercer look and adding a handful of new technologies.

The performance arm of Mercedes-Benz debuted the refreshed vehicles at the 2019 New York auto show on Tuesday.

More prominent LED headlights and taillights further distinguish the AMG models from their Mercedes-Benz counterparts. The S model, which has more power and torque than the base model, gets exclusive headlights.

Additional styling changes can be found in the front bumper, which now features a “jet wing” design. New side sill panels give the SUV and coupe a lower-looking profile, as does wider wheel-arch cladding. Two new 3.5-inch, chrome, trapezoid-shaped tailpipes highlight the exhaust system.

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Graphite Grey Metallic is a new exterior paint color, and 21-inch alloy wheels also are optional. The interior now features a black Nappa leather and microfiber upholstery with yellow contrast stitching. The wheel has been enhanced with a sportier design that features high grip surfaces and a contoured rim. The S trim’s wheel is wrapped in black Nappa leather and microfiber.

Buyers can also opt for the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX, infotainment system that is operated via a touchpad, control buttons on the wheel or through voice control.

Also available is the MBUX interior assistant, which integrates with a 3D camera to identify hand movement between the display and touchpad and predict when the 10.25-inch display will be used by the driver or front passenger.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 coupe

Graphite gray is a new exterior color for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 coupe and SUV. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

An electronically locking rear differential, which reduces slip, is standard.

The GLC 63 SUV and coupe are powered by a 4-liter V8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers that delivers up to 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The S trim model is tuned to produce up to 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

A new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe also will make its world debut in New York alongside the refreshed AMG models. It features new headlights, a lower roof silhouette, and a chrome grille with a floating, speckle effect that complements its underride guard. The Magma Grey interior color is now available in Mercedes’ signature vinyl, MB-Tex and leather.

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It will also have MBUX infotainment across a 10.25-inch display and a 12.3-inch instrument panel. The steering wheel is redesigned with buttons to integrate with MBUX as well as Active Distance Assist, version of adaptive cruise control that uses radar to adjust speed ahead of bends or junctions. It also has lane-keep assist and front emergency braking.

The new GLC coupe has a new, available 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine that delivers 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It will go on sale in late 2019.

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SUVs debuting at the New York International Auto Show include the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback and the Lincoln Corsair, Toyota Highlander and Mercedes-Benz GLS.

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