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Just as was the case with the Benz GLC, AMG's new take on the SUV translates into several visual changes meant to give the auto a lighter look, sharpened vehicle dynamics for better handling and virtually no change to the powertrain. The fully revamped, third-gen, three-row not only looks better, but with two new engines, tons of tech, and a Manhattan-sized apartment's worth of space inside, it's much improved all-around from its predecessor. At the NY auto show this week, Mercedes followed that reveal up with the introduction of the ultra-hot GLC 63 and GLC 63 S Coupe. The wheelbase of the new GLS SUV has been extended by 60mm. The 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 (the only twin-turbo V-8 to be offered in this class, by the way) makes 503 horsepower in the GLC 63 S and 469 hp in the 63. Both engines will drive a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive transfer case that can send 100 percent of engine torque to either axle. Expect them to dash from 0-100km/h in 4.0 and 3.8 seconds respectively and reach electronically-limited top speeds of 250km/h and 280km/h.

Mercedes says the optional E-Active Body Control suspension will control body roll, pitching, and squat, and adjust to curves like a motorcycle. The 48-volt, battery-aided, hydropneumatic suspension gives the three-row crossover the ability to scan roads and pre-determine damping, as well as "jump" itself out of tough off-road situations like sand, mud, and rock, as seen here in this GLE video.

Mercedes-Benz is spreading its hybrid technology around. The GLS 450 gets standard 19-inch wheels, while the GLS 580 gets larger 21-inch wheels. There's a plush interior with seating for six with captain's chairs or seven with the standard bench.

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Inside is where the biggest changes come, though, with the 2019 model getting Mercedes' latest MBUX infotainment system that's part of the 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen and 10.25-inch centre-console-mounted touchscreen. If you want heated and cooled cupholders, a head-up display, or the "Energising Comfort" massage function, that'll cost extra.

GLS pricing will likely be announced when the new SUV goes on sale later this year.

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