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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.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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EQS buyers will have access to two years of free charging.

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The Mercedes-Benz EQSis set to start hitting dealers' lots in just a few months, and the automaker is working drum up excitement for the all-new EV. Today, Electrify America announced that it will partner with Mercedes to offer charging services to buyers of the upcoming vehicle.

The agreement means that EQS owners will have two years of free charging, which includes 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America locations. The services go a step further, however, and will include the ability to plug and charge. This means that EQS owners who have activated their Mercedes me Charge accounts can start a free charging session just by plugging the vehicle into the charger. Electrify America says that no authentication or initiation steps will be required.


2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS is due to hit the market in late 2021.Mercedes-Benz


The agreement between Mercedes-Benz and Electrify America will also extend some services to future EQ battery-electric vehicles, as well as future Mercedes plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company notes that there may be costs to charge for those vehicles, but drivers will still be able to use the Mercedes me app to initiate sessions.

As more automakers jump in the EV game, free charging partnerships are becoming a bigger deal. Just last month, Hyundai announced that buyers of its Ioniq 5 EV will receive two years of free charging from Electrify America, and Ford offered free charging to its Mustang Mach-E customers, also through Electrify America, though The Blue Oval's offer only extended to 250 kilowatt-hours.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The partnership with Electrify America will provide access to chargers across the country.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS itself is Mercedes' first vehicle in what will become an electric sub-brand for the automaker. It will hit the market as a 2022 model late in 2021, and will be offered in two models. The entry level machine features 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the up-level EQS 580 4Matic will see 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. Beyond its electric powertrain, the EQS will offer several advanced tech features, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch touchscreen. Even the passenger gets a display in the new car, as a second 12.3-inch screen will be positioned on the right portion of the dash.

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