This is the new Mercedes-AMG GLC, and it’s the hot version of the brand’s premium SUV. It uses a hybrid 2.0-litre engine, read on for all you need to know.
- New Mercedes-AMG GLC revealed
- Sporty versions of premium SUV
- Uses same 2.0-litre engine as A45 S
- AMG 63 S gets 680hp and 1,020Nm of torque
- Sporty suspension upgrades
- On sale later this year
The new Mercedes-AMG GLC is here, in both 43 and full-fat 63 guise. Both use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, with the 63 getting extra power from a hybrid setup.
There’s the usual AMG styling upgrades, both inside and out, and the suspension has been tweaked to make things feel more sporty as well.
New Mercedes-AMG GLC design
Design-wise, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC is as you’d expect. It’s covered in the classic AMG styling details to make it look more aggressive.
Up front you get a new grille with vertical slats and a deeper lower bumper with large air intakes. Alloy wheels start at 19-inches, but you can have 21-inches units if that seems a bit puny.
The wheel arches are slightly swollen as well to make the AMG version look more aggressive, as well as large side skirts. You also have a larger roof spoiler than the standard GLC.
Also at the rear are quad tailpipes, which are round for the 43 and rectangular for the more powerful 63, and an aggressive-looking diffuser finishes things off.
New Mercedes-AMG GLC engines
Both the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and 63 use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the same one used in the A45 S and the new C63 S e-Performance.
The AMG GLC 43 uses this engine with no hybrid assistance. It makes 421hp and 500Nm of torque, exactly the same figures as the Mercedes-AMG A45 S hot hatch. That’s enough oomph to launch it from 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than the BMW X3 M40i.
As for the AMG GLC 63, that car uses the same hybrid system as the new Mercedes-AMG C63 S e-Performance. This means you get the same 2.0-litre engine as the 43, paired with an electric motor on the rear axle to make 680hp and 1,020Nm of torque.
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That’s exactly the same power as the C63 saloon, but the added bulk of this SUV does hamper the 0-60mph time. The C63 will complete the sprint in 3.4 seconds, compared to 3.5 seconds in the GLC. That’s also slightly quicker than the BMW X3 M Competitions 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds.
New Mercedes-AMG GLC chassis and suspension
There are plenty of suspension upgrades for the new Mercedes-AMG GLC to help it feel more sporty to drive on a twisty road. Both the 43 and the 63 get adaptive dampers and uprated steering knuckles to tighten things up a bit.
The faster AMG GLC 63 also has active roll stabilisation, which replaces the rigid anti-roll bars with electronic actuators which actively level the car through the bends and keep things nice and flat.
New Mercedes-AMG GLC interior
The cabin of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC looks very similar to the standard car, with the usual sprinkling of sporty trinkets.
You have an AMG-specific steering wheel with driving mode dials, as well as some half-leather sports seats. There’s also some aluminium gear shift paddles, as well as AMG-specific displays for the infotainment system.
How much will the new Mercedes-AMG GLC cost?
The new Mercedes-AMG GLC will go on sale by the end of the year, however prices haven’t been confirmed just yet.
Expect it to fetch a premium over the standard car. The GLC 43 is likely to start from around £90,000, with the full-fat 63 sneaking into six-figures.
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