2013 Mercedes GL63 AMG introduced in Los Angeles, U.S. pricing announced

2014 Mercedes GL 63 AMG
2014 Mercedes GL 63 AMG

Starts at $116,925

Mercedes has staged the North American debut of the GL63 AMG at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed to be one of the fastest seven-seat crossovers on the planet, the GL63 AMG is distinguished by an aggressive front fascia, LED daytime running lights and 21-inch alloy wheels. There's also a unique rear bumper and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

Power is provided by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that develops 550 bhp (410 kW) and 560 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).

The 2013 GL63 AMG will go on sale in the United States early next year and pricing starts at $116,925.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Sport Utility Makes North American Debut in Los Angeles

MSRP announced at $116,925

November 28, 2012 - LOS ANGELES

The high-performance GL63 AMG sport utility is making its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public from November 30 to December 9, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The latest model to join the award-winning newgeneration GL-Class family, the 2013 GL63 AMG features a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that produces a breath-taking 550 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft of torque and a raised top speed of 174mph as well as an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission with the highefficiency ECO start/stop system.

The 2013 GL63 AMG features all the standard equipment of the generously-equipped GL550 as well as standard Driver Assistance Package, Panorama roof, designo interior and surround view camera. The GL63 AMG will start at $116,925 (excluding D&D) and goes on-sale during the first quarter of 2013.

Standard AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with AIRMATIC – air suspension, automatic level control and special shock absorber struts with ADS adaptive damping – works with an ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM that provides active stabilization of body lean. This AMG-designed system uses active front and rear stabilizer bars to reduce body lean during cornering.

The new GL63 boasts a special transfer case for the 4MATIC full-time four-wheel-drive system that distributes engine power 40:60 to the front and rear wheels. This rear-biased torque distribution helps provide the SUV with sports car handling as well as impressive allweather traction.

The GL63 AMG driver can choose between two suspension modes at the push of a button – Comfort or Sport. AMG electro-mechanical speed-sensitive steering features variable power assist, depending on the suspension setting. The new steering also helps save fuel, because it uses energy only when the steering wheel is being turned. In addition, the air suspension automatically lowers the body at higher speeds or when in Sport mode to improve aerodynamics and driving stability.

A Distinctive AMG Look

The GL63 AMG is fitted with flared fenders that increase body width by nearly two inches, which make room for 21-inch AMG alloy wheels shod with tires that are nearly 12 inches wide. Its special front apron features large air intakes and a border of LED daytime running lights in the side air intakes. Matte silver trim along the lower fascia and a gloss black grille complete the new look. "V8 BITURBO" badges are mounted on the front fenders, and aluminum-finish running boards under the doors are illuminated. The rear fender flares blend into an AMG rear apron which incorporates eye-catching matte silver chrome trim and two pairs of sport exhaust outlets.

In addition to AMG RIDE CONTROL, AIRMATIC, and the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM, standard safety equipment on the GL63 AMG includes ATTENTION ASSIST, Crosswind Stabilization, a 360-degree camera system and Bi-xenon headlights. Other standard equipment includes KEYLESS-GO, panorama sunroof, power EASY-ENTRY for the rear seats and a power tailgate.

The 2013 GL Lineup

The new high-performance GL63 AMG joins an award-winning GL-Class line of full-size sport utilities that also features the fuel-sipping GL350 BlueTEC (240 hp, 455 lb.-ft.) with a V6 turbodiesel. Between these two contrasting models are the popular GL450 (362 hp, 406 lb.- ft.) and GL550 (429 hp, 516 lb.-ft.), both equipped with new direct injection biturbo V8 engines.

Electromechanical Rack-And-Pinion Steering

All four GL models come with new electrically-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Not only does the electric steering provide built-in speed-dependent power assist, but it also offers fuel savings. The engine no longer has to turn a hydraulic power steering pump, and the new steering only uses electrical power when the wheel is being turned. Mounted ahead of the front wheel center, the steering gear unit has a variable mechanical ratio that operates more directly, or slightly faster, in the center position, which enhances agility and handling.

Active Parking Assist with Surround View Camera

The electric steering assist also makes other innovative systems possible, such as Active Parking Assist (standard on the GL63 AMG and GL550, optional on other GL models), which makes parallel parking a stress-free cinch. Below about 20 mph, a "P" icon appears in the dash to show that an electronic search for a parking space is active, and whenever an adequate-size parking space is found, an arrow appears next to the "P" icon. When reverse is engaged and the driver confirms Active Parking Assist is desired, the system initiates automatic steering as the driver controls acceleration and braking at speeds below seven


Standard on the GL63 AMG and optional on other GL models, the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM (not to be confused with Active Curve Illumination) is a semi-active suspension that uses electronic sensors, an engine-driven hydraulic pump and electronically controlled hydraulic valves to reduce body lean. Instead of conventional torsional stabilizer bars at the front and rear, the stabilizer bars in the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM are essentially split in the center and connected to rotary hydraulic actuators.

Whenever the vehicle is in a curve, the actuators counteract lateral pitching, reducing the natural tendency of the body to roll and lean in curves. Lower side forces means increased stability and driving pleasure, especially at high speeds, as well as less shifting of occupants.

ATTENTION ASSIST Cautions "Time For A Rest?"

Among the many life-saving features on the GL-Class is the innovative ATTENTION ASSIST system that can alert the driver to the first signs of drowsiness, a factor that causes more than 100,000 accidents a year in the U.S. A steering sensor is coupled to smart software that uses 70 parameters to establish a unique driver profile during the first 20 minutes of driving. Between 50 and 112 mph, the system identifies the erratic steering corrections drivers make as they begin to get drowsy and triggers an audible warning, and a "Time for a Rest?" message with a coffee cup icon appears in the instrument cluster.

More Safety Systems Assist the Driver

Other examples of trailblazing safety innovations include: Active Lane Keeping Assist, which alerts the driver by simulating rumble strip vibration in the steering wheel if the car drifts from its lane without the turn signals on. It operates at speeds above 37 mph via a system that recognizes lane markings, thanks to a small camera in the windshield and a computer that analyzes the video images. Active Lane Keeping Assist incorporates an intervention feature, in which ESP braking automatically helps correct the car's course if the driver doesn't heed the initial warning.

Active Blind Spot Assist monitors both blind spots behind and to the side of the vehicle. Whenever a turn signal is activated with a vehicle in the blind spot, the driver gets visual and audible warnings. Active Blind Spot Assist also incorporates the ESP intervention feature, which automatically helps correct the car's course if the driver doesn't heed the initial warning.

PRE-SAFE® Gives The GL-Class Reflexes to Protect Occupants

Standard on the new GL, PRE-SAFE® is a revolutionary safety system that can actually sense an impending collision before it happens and take measures to protect occupants during those valuable seconds before impact. The PRE-SAFE system automatically tightens the front seat belts before a possible impact, and, on some models, the front passenger seat moves to a position that can provide better protection. Side windows close to provide better support for the curtain air bags, and if the system senses an impending rollover, the sunroof also closes.

The Mercedes-Benz Alabama Plant

Along with the M-Class, the GL-Class sport utility vehicle is produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which began production in 1997 with the first-generation M-Class. The facility is in the midst of a $2.4 billion expansion to prepare for future products. Starting in 2014, the Tuscaloosa plant will also produce the successor generation of the
current C-Class for the North American market.

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Comments (10)

it's not practical; gets horrible gas mileage; costs way to much.. and I still want one. It looks gorgeous.. too bad MB didn't put this much effort into the C, E, and SL..
Dec 27th, 2012 2:42pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
It's indeed completely pointless but cool, although SUVs can't be sporty and fast. Imagine Cadillac to build an Escalade-V.
Nov 30th, 2012 9:58am
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MercLeRoux MercLeRoux
The Cadillac Escalade is a huge American barge, The GL63 is far superior, because the Germans actually know how to combine sportyness and the ability to go fast.
Nov 30th, 2012 10:32am
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Hey friend the Caddy ain't a bad car (yes German is better) but you've got a lot more room in an Escalade ESV. This assertion is a bit irrelevant, I know, but Merc has to try to build an LWB version of the GL. As far as sportiness in SUVs goes: sporty SUVs are, and will most likely be (even if it's German) inexistent in the future.
Dec 2nd, 2012 1:13am
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MercLeRoux MercLeRoux
A longer wheel base GL? its huge already... Maybe its cause im from South Africa and here the GL is a big car, we dont really have much bigger.
Dec 11th, 2012 5:28pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Thank you AMG. Looking at that SUV, helped my wife and I decide not to order that Sub-Zero refrigerator in white ultimately..........
Nov 30th, 2012 5:37am
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GSS5_23 GSS5_23
this car has to be the most utterly pointless car ever made. even more utterly pointless than the g 63 amg. but i'd be lying if i said i didn't want one. one word..AWESOME.
Nov 30th, 2012 2:26am
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
This is one of those "Why not? Let's build it" vehicles from Mercedes. I'ts great!
Nov 30th, 2012 4:48am
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aestival aestival
It is fantastic... but I have to say it is also totally unethical and pointless. But I love the design and the power and the concept... But I'd leave it to yankees.
Nov 29th, 2012 11:23pm
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CanOzcivelek CanOzcivelek
Impressive! Really advanced and nice looking crossover. Love it!
Nov 29th, 2012 9:44pm
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