Wednesday, 16 September 2020

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 Review

 

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Overview

The performance-tuning geniuses at Mercedes-AMG have finally been let loose on the new GLS-class SUV, and from those solid bones they've created the 2021 GLS63. 

Powered by a fire-breathing 603-hp twin-turbo V-8, luxuriously appointed, and spacious it offers commodious accommodations for the family that wants to travel rapidly—really, really rapidly. 

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Mercedes-AMG has thrown all the tech features it has at the GLS63, including dual 12.3-inch infotainment displays, an available semi-autonomous driving mode, and a 48-volt hybrid system to help the big SUV's performance. 

What brand of performance is that? The kind that enables it to accelerate like a rocket, V-8 engine.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

What's New for 2021?

The GLS63 is all new for 2021, arriving after a brief pause when the previous generation ended production after the 2019 model year.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Although the GLS63's starting price is deep into the six-figure realm, I'd still suggest a few options sure to please the whole family. 

For one thing, the Warmth and Comfort package is a nice bundle for those in northern climates, as it adds heated door panels, heated armrests, and a heated center console. 

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

I'd also suggest the Energizing package which includes the in-cabin fragrance diffuser and the Acoustic Comfort package, and also adds increased cabin insulation for a quieter interior. 

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Mercedes-AMG also offers a host of standalone features that may catch your eye, including the bonkers 23-inch multi-spoke forged wheels that look just perfect when framed within the GLS63's muscular wheel wells.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Engine, Transmission, and Performance


Under the hood of the GLS63 is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that makes a whopping 603 horsepower with the help of a 48-volt hybrid system. 

All-wheel drive is standard, as is a nine-speed automatic transmission and air suspension. it out-accelerates several hot sports cars, which does a blistering 3.6-second zero-to-60-mph. 

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63


For comparison, the old GLS63—which made a mere 577 horsepower—manages a none-too-shabby 4.3-second zero-to-60-mph. The ride is firm, especially on the optional 23-inch wheels, but that firmness doesn't translate to a feeling of precision when cornering. 

The GLS's body bobs across road undulations more than expected, though it still offers plenty of grip to have some fun with on a twisty road.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Fuel Economy

The EPA hasn't released any fuel-economy estimates for the 2021 GLS63 at the time of making this post, but with an engine that powerful, I am not holding out hope for economy-car efficiency ratings.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo


Three rows of seating and interior styling that's slightly sportier versus the Benz-branded GLS-class sets the GLS63 apart from two-row SUV powerhouses such as the BMW X5 M and the Audi RS Q8. 

Like those competitors, the GLS63 is gorgeously appointed inside. Soft leather covers nearly every square inch of the cabin, and those areas that aren't leather-wrapped are treated to genuine wood trim and tastefully applied chrome; buttons and knobs are rendered in a rich-looking metallic finish. 

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63


2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Front-seat occupants can enjoy a massage while blasting down the Interstate, and passenger space is generous in the second row, which can also be equipped with heated seats and power sunshades. The third row of seats is tight for adults but perfectly suitable for children. 

Cargo space is the same as the standard GLS-class, which can fit four carry-on suitcases behind its third row and 30 in total behind the front seats.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63


2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Infotainment and Connectivity


The GLS63 comes standard with the same dual-screen infotainment setup found in the non-AMG variant. Two 12.3-inch screens, nestled next to each other in a shared bezel, form the digital gauge display and center infotainment display. 

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

Mercedes-Benz's new MBUX interface can be controlled via voice, touchscreen, or with the touch-pad mounted on the center console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard, as is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63


Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not released crash-test results for the 2021 GLS-class at the time of making this post. 

Mercedes-AMG offers several driver-assistance features as standard, with more advanced features including a semi-autonomous driving mode. 

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •  Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  •  Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

  • Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Mercedes-AMG's standard warranty policies aren't anything special. Furthermore, they offer zero complimentary scheduled maintenance, unlike BMW and Audi, which both offer such a perk.

  •  Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  No complimentary scheduled maintenance

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63




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