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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 blends performance with three rows of seating, befitting luxury

This SUV combines the power and performance buyers expect from a Mercedes-AMG branded product.

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Mercedes has done it again. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 combines the performance buyers expect from anything with the AMG label with three rows of seating and high-end appointments befitting its price tag.

Its exterior is accented by an AMG-specific radiator grille that features high-gloss slats and is the largest in the Mercedes-AMG lineup. It features standard LED headlights with high beam assist. The SUV has the first implementation of a new AMG front bumper style, which integrates the front splitter, trim strip, and side air inlets.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 lights wheels grille The SUV rides on standard 21-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Around the side there are flared wheel arches, body-color mirror housings, and chrome window surrounds. There is a rectangular twin-tailpipe setup at the rear. The model rides on standard 21-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels. Up to 23-inchers are available.

The SUV is powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that achieves 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It has a 48-volt electrical system that helps boost off-the-line efficiency and gives the car additional power at low speed. That adds 184 pound-feet of torque to the 627 the gasoline engine achieves. A nine-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain. To get from zero to 60 mph takes 4.1 seconds and ther SUV has an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 profile wheels windows The SUV has an elongated wheelbase, which allows for more legroom in the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

All GLS 63s feature all-wheel drive and active ride control, which is an air suspension that works to stabilize the cabin of the vehicle no matter the terrain.

Mercedes has equipped the model with six drive modes:

  • Comfort - suspension and steering are set up for an emphasis on comfort.
  • Sporty - more agile response to accelerator pedal input, shorter shift times and earlier downshifts
  • Sport+ - even more agile throttle response, selective torque control for upshifts, increased idle speed
  • Individual - individual adjustment of the drive system, transmission, AMG DYNAMICS, suspension and exhaust system
  • Trail - maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery ground; suspension is raised to a two inches when below 44 mph
  • Sand - adjustments to the suspension and all-wheel drive system are made for sporty driving on loose, sandy surfaces; two additional inches of ground clearance when below 44 mph

The seven-seater features all the typical high-end GLS design elements alongside the usual list of AMG treatment items including brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber studs, illuminated door sills, "AMG" lettering throughout the cabin on a variety of surfaces, and high-gloss trim elements.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 interior screen drive modes High-end appointments and fresh, modern technology fill the cockpit of the SUV.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch driver information display and a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen takes center stage. The instrument cluster has AMG-specific content including a variety of drive modes and track-ready instrumentation.

Second-row seats are heated as standard while heated seats are available for third row passengers. Both of those rows of passengers benefit from the GLS's longer wheelbase in this new generation, which allows for significant additional legroom.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 interior cabin drive modes The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 features a driver-centric interior design.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes with a long list of innovative safety technology, including Active Distance Assist with route-based speed adjustment. This system uses live traffic monitoring software to adjust speeds accordingly.

Additional available equipment includes a Burmester surround sound system, the Warmth and Comfort Package, Air-Balance Package, and Energizing Package, all of which add additional levels of sophistication to this family hauler.

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Lincoln's Monochromatic Package is now available on the Aviator and other SUVs.

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The Monochromatic Package is't just for the Lincoln Navigator anymore. It will be come an option on the 2021 Lincoln Corsair, Nautilus, and Aviator. Those four vehicles make up the entirety of the Lincoln SUV lineup.

The news comes on the heels of confirmation from the company that it's ending the run of the Continental and MKZ, leaving Lincoln as an SUV-only brand. The MKT was killed off after the 2019 model year. Lincoln also recently severed its relationship with Rivian as part of a larger cost-cutting move.

2021 Lincoln Aviator Monochromatic Pacakge The models feature blacked out trim elements as well as new paint options.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

The Monochromatic Package is available in combination with four paint jobs: Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl, Infinite Black, and Asher Gray. Not every paint color is available on every model. Here's the breakdown:

  • 2021 Lincoln Corsair: Pristine White, Infinite Black, and Asher Gray
  • 2020 Lincoln Nautilus: Infinite Black
  • 2021 Lincoln Aviator: Pristine White, Infinite Black, and Asher Gray
  • 2020 Lincoln Navigator: Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl, and Infinite Black

Up front, each model gets the signature Lincoln grille and name badge in a monochromatic hue. Depending on the model, it rolls on either 20- or 22-inch black wheels. Also variable by model are the offerings of additional package elements including body-colored side mirrors, lower cladding, and wheel lip moldings.

"The monochromatic palette is clean, uncluttered and emphasizes the beautiful lines of our Lincoln SUVs," says Earl Lucas, Lincoln chief exterior designer. "From the Corsair, Nautilus, Aviator to Navigator, this option not only enables us to keep our lineup fresh, but also gives our clients a unique option to personalize their Lincoln SUV."

Pricing for the package is expected to be announced at a later date.

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