Mercedes-AMG is continuing its downsizing conquest after recently revealing the new GLC 43 and 63 in electrified four-cylinder form, with both models losing their old V6 and V8 powertrains respectively.
That doesn’t mean the new SUVs pack less of a punch though, especially when you consider they feature Formula 1-spec technology under the bonnet thanks to the addition of an electronically-assisted turbocharger.
You’ll also no doubt be familiar with the powertrain already, considering it features in the C-Class sedan upon which the GLC is based. So with that in mind, there’s really nothing to worry about from the lack of a few cylinders.
Starting with the GLC 43 4Matic, the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder in this model makes 310kW but gets boosted by an extra 10kW from the mild-hybrid system at lower speeds. Power is sent to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission, translating to a 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 4.8 seconds.
Things step up a notch when we hop into the GLC 63 S E Performance, in which you can find the same 2.0-litre M139l engine under the bonnet but with a bigger turbo and an electric motor mounted to the rear axle. Combined, the plug-in hybrid system makes 500kW and 1020Nm of torque which results in an 0 to 100km/h acceleration time of 3.4 seconds.
Both models are equipped with adaptive suspension, while the GLC 63 benefits from an active roll stabilisation system which is said to increase ride comfort by leveling the SUV out when cornering.
The GLC 43 comes with 19-inch wheels as standard, covering the 370mm front brake discs and four-piston calipers up front, while the rear 360mm disc is clamped by a single-piston caliper. Bringing the faster and heavier GLC 63 (weighing in at 2235kg) to a stop is its front 390mm carbon ceramic discs and six-piston calipers, shrouded by 20-inch wheels.
You’ll find AMG-specific styling features on both GLCs, such as a distinct front grille alongside plenty of mouthy air intakes. One difference present on the 63 is its rear diffuser and quad trapezoidal tailpipes which are rounded on the 43.
An AMG Performance steering wheel can be found on both models as standard, the only difference between the 43 and 63 being their respective Nappa leather and Nappa/Microcut microfibre trim.
We’re still waiting to hear if the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and 63 will be sold in New Zealand, but if so, we can expect the models to arrive halfway through 2024 based on overseas delivery targets.