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Camouflaged Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Prototype Spied Testing

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/23/2014 Jason Udy
Mercedes AMG GLC63 prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Mercedes AMG GLC63 prototype

A prototype for the next-generation Mercedes-AMG GLC63 AMG has been spotted. The GLC-Class moniker replaces GLK in the automaker’s new naming scheme. Mercedes’ new system is intended to better align its SUVs with the names of its cars. This test mule previews the first AMG variant of the compact SUV.

Although the prototype is heavily camouflaged, we can see that the headlights resemble those on the C-Class sedan and the lower front fascia has round air inlets at each corner. A black grille sits prominently up front. From the side, the new GLC-Class has a less upright profile compared to the current GLK-Class. Around back, revised taillights, rear fascia, and reshaped exhaust tips can be made out.

New for the lineup will be an AMG variant. The GLC63 AMG will feature a version of the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and AMG GT. In those models, the engine makes 456-503 hp and 443-516 lb-ft of torque. Along with the high-performance engine; the GLC63 AMG will feature an AMG body kit, sportier suspension, larger brakes, and more aggressive tires.

The current GLK-Class is powered by a 2.1-liter BlueTec turbodiesel four-cylinder with 190 hp and 369 lb-ft or a 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft. While the BlueTec engine could carry over, the new GLC-Class will likely be powered by the new C-Class sedan ’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft and the 3.0-liter turbo V-6 rated at 329 hp and 354 lb-ft.

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