The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV and its sportier-profile “coupe” SUV sibling have light updates for 2020, which Mercedes will debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. By light updates, we mean just that: Two of the most notable exterior updates involve new headlights and taillights.
Other updates include newly optional lightweight 21-inch wheels, new trapezoidal exhaust openings and a new Graphite Grey Metallic paint color. That’s it for updates outside the two high-performance SUVs, which slot above lesser GLC variants in Mercedes’ lineup.
Inside, Mercedes’ technological evolution catches up to the GLC63 variants, as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience is now available in the GLC63 and higher-performance GLC63 S (the latter available only as the coupe variant). MBUX follows voice commands and also responds to gestures, and the version in these vehicles features AMG-specific displays. Virtual gauges measure 12.3 inches, while the center displays can measure 10.25 inches. The latter is considerably larger than the 2019 GLC’s center display (7 inches standard, 8.4 inches optional).
Also available is the AMG Track Pace system, which has a number of features designed to improve a track-day experience with more information for the driver. Its utility in a compact SUV that will likely seldom see a track is a debate we don’t feel like having, but no doubt some buyers will add it just for kicks.
The AMG Dynamics system is also new to the GLC63 and 63 S, updating how the various selectable drive modes — including the 63 S-exclusive Race mode — affect steering, suspension and drivetrain response, as well as torque distribution and intervention thresholds for the electronic stability system.
There appear to be no updates to the powertrains for either the GLC63 or GLC63 S. Both are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, delivering 469 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque in the GLC63, and 503 hp and 516 pounds-feet in the GLC63 S. Both models are only available with a nine-speed automatic transmission, with 60 mph coming in a manufacturer-estimated 3.8 seconds for the GLC63 and 3.6 seconds for the GLC63 S — the latter a tenth of a second quicker than the 2019 GLC63 S.
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Mercedes-Benz expects the new 2020 GLC63 and 63 S to go on sale in late 2019.
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