Mercedes-Benz unveiled its redesigned 2023 GLC-Class in June, and the nameplate will once again offer high-performance versions developed by AMG.
We’ve already spotted prototypes for AMG’s next GLC 63 and today we have fresh spy shots and videos of prototypes for Affalterbach’s next GLC 43.
The GLC-Class has grown slightly with its latest redesign, which will likely give the new GLB-Class a little breathing room while adding interior space. The compact crossover is based on an updated version of Mercedes’ MHA (Modular High Architecture) platform that underpins the outgoing GLC class, realizing weight savings through increased use of aluminum over steel.
This GLC 43 is expected to hit dealerships in the second half of 2023 as a 2024 model. Its big brother GLC 63 should arrive around the same time.
We know this prototype is for the GLC 43 because of the four round tailpipes at the rear. Prototypes for the GLC 63 Sport with square tailpipes, a characteristic design feature of AMG’s top models. Both vehicles can be seen in the spy video.
Both the GLC 43 and GLC 63 will use 4-cylinder turbocharged engines in combination with hybrid technology. Yes, get ready to say goodbye to the V-8 in the GLC 63.
The GLC 43 should have the same 2.0-liter turbo 4 and mild hybrid combo found in the redesigned 2023 C 43. The setup features an electrified turbocharger design similar to that used in Formula 1 and is good for a peak output of 402 hp. The mild hybrid setup can also add a temporary 13hp boost in high-load situations.
As with the GLC 63, this model should use a sophisticated plug-in hybrid powertrain based on the same mild hybrid setup as the GLC 43, but with an additional electric motor on the rear axle that can bring the total output to 671 hp . The new setup, characterized by the E Performance branding, recently made its debut in the 2024 C 63 SE Performance.
2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 SE Performance spy shots – Image rights: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
A similar setup, albeit with a more powerful V-8 engine, can be found in AMG’s recently introduced 2023 S 63 E Performance, as well as the 2023 GT 63 SE Performance.
Another upgrade planned for both the GLC 43 and potential GLC 63 SE Performance should be rear wheel steering.