Mercedes-Benz is expanding the range of its newly introduced GL-Class 7-seater crossover with the addition of a new, high-performance AMG model.
The 2013 GL63 AMG is scheduled to go on sale in mainland Europe this November and in the UK, the U.S. and other markets around the world in the first quarter of 2013, with pricing details for each country to be released closer to the SUV's on-sale date.
The zippy people carrier sports the same 5.5-litre V8 biturbo gasoline engine found in other AMG models such as the ML63 AMG SUV and SL63 AMG roadster. The direct-injection unit is rated at 550hp (557PS) at 5,250-5,750 rpm and 760Nm (560 lb-ft) at 2,000-5,000 rpm.
The high-performance SUV features a standard eco stop/start function with Mercedes quoting a combined fuel consumption of 12.3lt/km (equal to 19.1mpg US or 22.9mpg UK) on the European driving cycle with CO2 emissions of 288g/km.
Complementing the new powertrain is an improved chassis with a standard AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM roll stabilization, a speed-sensitive sports steering system and a high-performance braking system.
On the outside, the GL63 AMG gets a rather subtle aero package with new front and rear aprons, matt silver chrome trim inserts, standard LED lights and 21 inch alloy wheels.
Interior appointments include a flat bottom sports steering wheel, bespoke leather upholstery with contrast stitching, an AMG instrument cluster, sportier trim and enhanced standard specification.