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Report: Mercedes-Benz GLC to get the AMG treatment

Report: Mercedes-Benz GLC to get the AMG treatment image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted June 19, 2015 11:19

AMG crossover likely to get C63 engine

Not even 24 hours into the unveiling of the new GLC Class from Mercedes-Benz, the company has confirmed plans to make AMG engined versions of their all-new crossover. The GLC AMG will be offered in two variants, the GLC 450 AMG Sport and flagship Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.

Matthias Lührs, vice president of sales functions for Mercedes-Benz Cars and product management, confirmed plans for a pair of AMG variants for the GLC and it's likely to come out by next year. Lührs confirmed the GLC 450 AMG which will likely come with a 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 which puts out370 PS and 520 Nm of torque. It is the same engine found in the C450 AMG Sport.

GLC side

The GLC 63 on the other hand will likely be powered by the C63's 4.0 liter V8 which puts out 476 PS and 650 Nm of torque. It will be the first time the 4.0 liter V8 will be paired with all wheel drive.

At the moment, the GLC's powertrain lineup starts with the GLC 220d with 170 PS and 400 Nm of torque and the top spec diesel, the GLC 250d, puts out 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque. For gas engines, the range starts with the GLC 250 which puts out 211 PS and 350 Nm of torque.

GLC rear

For the US market, they get the GLC 300 which has 245 PS and 369 Nm of torque. Both gas engines are 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinders. There is also a plug-in hybrid variant called the GLC 350e with the 211 PS engine from the GLC 250 and a 116 PS electric motor, giving the GLC 350e a total output of 327 PS.