Mercedes-AMG has taken covers off its sleek, sloped-roof version of the compact SUV, the GLC – which comes in two performance levels and trim levels: the entry-level GLC 43 4Matic and the range-topper GLC 63 S E Performance. First off, at their hearts is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Accompanied by a 14bhp belt-driven starter/generator (which acts as mild hybrid tech), this turbocharged engine on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic cranks out 415bhp at 6,750rpm and 499Nm of peak torque at 5,000rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via the automaker's AMG Speedshift 9-speed transmission. On offer is also a standard air suspension system and rear-axle steering. The GLC 43 is claimed to accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
As for the GLC 63 S E Performance, a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine in conjunction with an electric motor pumps out a combined output of 671bhp and 1,020Nm. The output is available only for a 10-second blast, when in 'Boost' mode. The 201bhp electric motor is connected to a 6.1kWh battery pack.
The GLC 63 S E Performance gets a top speed limited to 275km/h, while a sprint from 0 to 100km/h is possible in a claimed time of 3.4 seconds. The GLC 63 S E Performance is AMG's first performance hybrid vehicle. In an arrangement referred to as a P3 hybrid layout, the plug-in hybrid model uses a combustion engine positioned on the front axle and an electronic drive unit (EDU) mounted on the rear axle. The range-topper 63 S E integrates the EDU with a twin-speed transmission and electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential.
Along with a similar powertrain setup, you will also get the same suspension options, performance brakes, and interior layout as found on the standard AMG GLC model.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance, GLC 43: Interior
Speaking of the interior, 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 the AMG-branded door sills illuminated in yellow, carbon AMG trims, yellow seatbelts, yellow stitching on the AMG Performance seats, and Nappa leather upholstery.
With rear seats folded, the GLC 43 offers 1,334 litres of luggage space, while the GLC 63 comes with 1,469 litres of cargo space. When down, the GLC 43 and the 63 give you a reasonable 391 litres and 544 litres of space, respectively.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance, GLC 43: Driving Dynamics
Both performance versions of the Mercedes-AMG GLC feature all-wheel-drive technology and have AMG Ride Control and an AMG exhaust system as standard, along with a sports braking system and active rear steering.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance, GLC 43: Exterior
Apart from a coupe-like roof, the Mercedes-AMG GLC gets 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.
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 will go on sale first, followed by the GLC 63 S E Performance sometime in 2025. With respect to their pricing, there is no official communication from the company yet.