The redesigned 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class was revealed in June and soon the small crossover will spawn its more rakish GLC-Class Coupe body style.
We’ve already spotted a prototype for the regular GLC-Class Coupe and today we have our first look at the fire-breathing GLC 63 Coupe from AMG. The regular GLC 63 is also out testing. We know this is the AMG because of the four square-shaped exhaust tips at the rear, Panamericana grille up front, large cross-drilled brake rotors, and lowered suspension.
For its next GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe, AMG will replace the V-8 by a sophisticated plug-in hybrid powertrain relying on a 4-cylinder engine for its internal-combustion component. The new setup, signified by new E Performance branding, has already been previewed by AMG and debuts shortly in a redesigned C 63.
The 4-cylinder is an upgraded version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 found in AMG’s current crop of compact cars. Thanks to the addition of an electric-aided turbocharger, output from the engine will be boosted to 442 hp for the GLC 63. There will also be an electric motor integrated with the engine in mild-hybrid configuration to power ancillary features, as well as serve as a starter motor.
On top of all this, there will be a much more powerful motor (up to 201 hp) at the rear axle to take combined output to a maximum 643 hp. This rear motor will be mated to its own 2-speed transmission. A battery of 6.1 kilowatt-hours of capacity will ensure a small electric range will be possible. A similar setup, albeit with a V-8 engine, features in the 2023 GT 63S E Performance 4-Door Coupe.
In the case of the GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe, the maximum 643-hp figure is expected to be reserved for a GLC 63S E Performance range-topping grade. Expect a tamer GLC 63 E Performance grade to have around 550 hp, which is still up significantly on the 503 hp of the outgoing GLC 63S grade.
Another upgrade we can look forward to will be all-wheel steering.
GLC 43 and GLC 43 Coupe models are also coming. These models should come with the same setup as the 2023 C 43, specifically a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 complete with electric-aided turbocharger and mild-hybrid configuration. The setup is good for 402 hp.
Look for the new GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe to start sales in 2023 as 2024 models.