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2022 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 S gets fitted with a 503-horsepower V8

The 2022 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 S is getting a top-notch AMG engine.

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AMG plus GLC equals a new, high-power version of the Mercedes GLC-Class SUV. The mid-size model gets a new AMG version for the 2022 model year bringing a robust V8 and honed drive dynamics to the popular family hauler.

The 2022 Mercedes- AMG GLC 63 S is fitted with a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that achieves 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine that can be found in the GLC Coupe's AMG variant. It's been added to the traditional SUV-shaped model to meet demand from customers. The engine, paired with an nine-speed automatic transmission, can get the car from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

2022 Mercedes- AMG GLC 63 S

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These are upgraded numbers compared to the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, which gets 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That model is two-tenths of a second slower off the line. The electronically limited top speed of the GLC 63 is 155 mph compared to the GLC 63 S's 174 mph.

Mercedes has given the SUV a long list of standard features that enhance its drive dynamics: drive modes, an air suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, an electronic locking differential, dynamic engine mounts, and a performance exhaust system.. The SUV's steering wheel has Touch Control buttons.

The SUV rides on 20-inch AMG design wheels, has LED high-performance headlights and taillights, and comes standard with the Multimedia Package, which includes augmented video for navigation. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Buyers can add the AMG Aerodynamics Package, Exterior Carbon Fiber Package, AMG Performance Seats, AMG Night Package, AMG Performance Studio Package with extended additional high-gloss black elements, and a selection of leather upholsteries and interior trim options including AMG Carbon Fiber.

U.S. deliveries of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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The VW Jetta and Jetta GLI received substantive updates for 2022.

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The 2022 model year is an important one for Volkswagen. Beyond the load of tech and safety improvements it announced earlier this year, 2022 brings a new crossover to the VW catalog. The venerable Jetta and its sport counterpart, the GLI, received substantive updates for the new model year, and today, Volkswagen announced pricing details for both models.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI The GLI gets VW's excellent 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster.Volkswagen

Pricing for the cars will start at $20,195 for the Jetta and $30,995 for the Jetta GLI before a $995 destination charge is applied. Volkswagen shuffled the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine from the new Taos crossover to the standard Jetta line for the new model year and the GLI gets a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both cars get a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment and both can be upgraded with either an eight-speed automatic transmission in the Jetta or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the Jetta GLI.

The Jetta and GLI come with new front and rear bumpers, new exterior color choices, and updated wheel designs. The base Jetta S gets standard features that include 16-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a digital gauge cluster with VW Digital Cockpit, a 6.5-inch display, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI The Jetta offers a roomier option for buyers outgrowing the Golf hatchback.Volkswagen

The GLI lineup has been shaved to just the Autobahn trim for 2022, which comes with a VAQ limited-slip differential, an adaptive damping system, drive mode selections, a sport exhaust, 18-inch wheels, a 10.25-inch digital cockpit gauge cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen, a BeatsAudio stereo, SiriusXM radio, and a suite of advanced driver aids.

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