Mercedes has unveiled the latest AMG GLC, featuring a refreshed design, enhanced driving dynamics, and, for the first time, a powerful hybrid-powered range-topper with 680hp. The new model replaces the previous 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine from the AMG derivatives of the current C-Class.
The AMG GLC lineup includes the entry-level GLC 43 4Matic, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 421hp, with an additional 14hp from a belt-driven starter/generator, and 499Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 100kph in just 4.8 seconds.
The flagship model is the AMG GLC 63 S e-Performance, which combines the same 2.0-litre turbo engine with a 204hp electric motor and a 6.1kWh battery, resulting in an impressive 680hp and 1020Nm of torque. With this setup, the midsize SUV can reach 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed limited to 274kph. Electrification plays a crucial role in improving efficiency, allowing the car to travel up to 12km on electric-only power.
To enhance driving dynamics, the AMG GLC comes with all-wheel drive and AMG Dynamics technology, providing improved electronic stability and steering response for better cornering. AMG Ride Control, a sports braking system, active rear steering, and an AMG exhaust system are standard features to further enhance performance and comfort.
Externally, the new GLC showcases an AMG-specific radiator grille, distinctive front apron, and sporty air intakes. At the rear, it features a prominent diffuser and quad exhaust tips finished in gloss black, along with a roof-integrated spoiler. Inside, the traditional AMG yellow and black theme is maintained, with black Nappa leather upholstery, yellow stitching, and seatbelts. The optional AMG Performance seats add to the overall sporty atmosphere.
While there is no confirmation of the AMG GLC’s availability in India, Mercedes plans to launch the regular new-gen GLC SUV in the country on August 9. Customers can already book the standard GLC with a token amount, and deliveries are expected to begin by late August, with an estimated starting price around Rs 75 lakh (ex-showroom).
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