The German manufacturer Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its high-performance versions of the compact SUV – the GLC – for the international market. The GLC SUV is offered in two performance levels and trim levels – the base GLC 43 4Matic and the range-topper GLC 63 S E Performance. They are touted as the most powerful iterations of the GLC to date. Overseas, the new performance SUV gets visual upgrades, an improved interior, as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain available on the GLC 63 S E Performance. Of the two, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 will go on sale first, followed by the GLC 63 S E Performance as a 2025 model. However, there is no official communication with respect to their pricing.
Coming to the powertrain, the entry-level Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic gets a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with an integrated starter generator. Power and torque output stands at 415bhp at 6,750rpm and 499Nm at 5,000rpm, respectively.
Also, there is an additional power boost of 14bhp via the belt-driven starter generator at lower speeds. The GLC 43 is claimed to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. Transmission duties of the GLC 43 are carried out by a 9-speed multi-clutch unit, supported by 4Matic all-wheel drive. On offer is also a standard air suspension system and rear-axle steering.
Mercedes-AMG GLC: 671bhp Plug-in Hybrid Powertrain
As for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance, a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, with an electric motor, cranks out 671bhp and 1,020Nm of torque. The 201bhp electric motor is connected to a 6.1kWh battery pack. It can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds (claimed), while the GLC 63 S E Performance gets a top speed limited to 274km/h. Similar to the GLC 43, the range-topper is mated to the same 9-speed multi-clutch gearbox and gets 4Matic all-wheel drive as standard, sending up to 100 per cent of power to the rear wheels.
Mercedes-AMG GLC: Interior and Features
Inside, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC gets a conventional yellow and black theme. The passengers are greeted by an MBUX infotainment system with an integrated AMG 'Track Pace'. There is an instrument cluster, a central display, and an optional head-up display, all three of which come with AMG-specific graphics. Other bits include Nappa leather upholstery with the AMG logo embossed on the headrests and AMG Performance seats.
Both performance versions of the Mercedes-AMG GLC feature all-wheel-drive technology and have AMG Ride Control as standard, a sports braking system, and active rear steering.
Mercedes-AMG GLC: Exterior Details
Up front, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC is shaped by an AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical slats, an AMG front apron, large air intakes, and chrome accents. At the back, the SUV has blacked-out quad exhaust pipes and a roof-integrated spoiler. The GLC 43 sports rounded twin tailpipes, whereas the GLC 63 gets trapezoidal twin tailpipes. On offer are also AMG forged 21-inch alloy wheels with a matte black finish found on the top-spec model.