2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 4MATIC Review – What’s in a Name?

There has been a change in Mercedes-Benz’s naming scheme for their vehicles and the then-known-as Mercedes-Benz AMG GL63 AMG is now just 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 4MATIC. It’s not just AMG products; all vehicles formerly marketed as Mercedes-Benz AMGs are now simply known as Mercedes-AMGs. Meanwhile, the company’s most luxurious cars bear the Mercedes-Maybach label.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 4MATIC Review - What's in a Name?

A Change in the Name for the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 4MATIC Makes for a Whole New Ride

You’re looking at it is not the updated and improved Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG but is instead the new 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 4MATIC. It makes the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 a good deal sweeter than its S-less, Benz-badged predecessor and it’s all shown in the numbers. The GLS63 isn’t shy about telling others what it’s about. Compared with its forebear, the GLS63 brings the latest Mercedes and AMG design touches to the seven-seat luxury liner’s exterior. The burbles and pops emerging from the GLS63’s two exhaust pipes—the quad tips seen from behind are faux —announce that this SUV’s sheep’s clothing conceals a massive wolf that’s ready to pounce.

The 2017 GLS63 4MATIC remains a dedicated luxury machine. Rich leather covers the seven seats, while modern convenience features such as heated and cooled front seats, keyless entry and push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, active cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and lane-keeping assist are all standard fare. Also standard is Mercedes’s Steering Pilot, a semi-automated driving mode that assists in guiding the GLS63 when the adaptive cruise control is engaged but requires the driver to keep hands on the steering wheel lest a warning pop up in the gauge cluster’s screen.The latest COMAND infotainment system, which includes a touchpad atop the traditional control wheel, provides access to the various systems, but many key features, such as the HVAC and audio controls, are operable via hard buttons on the dash or steering wheel.

Under the hood of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 4MATIC, is where an AMG 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. It now produces a neck-snapping 577 horsepower, a gain of 27 hp. Torque remains the same at 561 lb-ft. The hand-built engine’s punch is channeled to all four wheels through a quick-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission that can be manually operated via fat metal paddle shifters connected to the back of the GLS63’s meaty three-spoke steering wheel.The GLS63 overachieves in track tests beyond acceleration. This bulky crossover seemingly bends the laws of physics by skirting our skidpad at 0.91 g and by coming to a halt from 70 mph in 166 feet.


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