Here are the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and GLC 63 S E Performance

27 July 2023 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Last year, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new generation of its GLC SUV. As tradition dictates, the German manufacturer is now presenting the highly anticipated AMG 43 and 63 S E Performance versions.


Of course, there\'s the new bodywork and a sumptuous interior design, but it\'s under the hood that the most radical transformation has occurred. The 43 and 63 S E Performance versions have traded their V6 and V8 engines for a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. However, this engine is not left on its own as it is accompanied by electrification.


GLC 43


In the case of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, it features a belt connected to a 48-volt battery. This system enhances the efficiency of certain turbocharger components, a technology also found in Formula 1.


This means there are no areas where the engine torque seems weaker, making the 416 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from the engine more readily usable. This is an improvement of 31 horsepower compared to the twin-turbo V6 of the previous generation. It also allows for more linear accelerations. Not surprisingly, the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system is standard here, and everything is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.


GLC 63 S E Performance


Things are slightly different for the AMG 63 S E Performance version. It uses the same turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, but this time, it is combined with a classic hybrid system. A 6.1 kWh battery powers an electric motor located on the rear axle.


This mechanical combination allows the GLC 63 S E Performance to deliver a total power of 671 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. For reference, the twin-turbo V8 in the previous generation GLC 63 AMG produced a total power of 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. According to Mercedes-Benz, their SUV will be able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 275 km/h.


Although no precise date has been announced yet, it is known that the 43 version should be added to the GLC lineup in 2024. Unfortunately, a bit more patience will be required for the 63 S E Performance version, which is expected to arrive in the market in 2025.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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