We’ve seen the next C-Class, which means a fresh Mercedes-Benz GLC is just over the horizon.
Up front, there are slimmer new headlights with a fresh LED light signature, and smoother surfacing in line with the latest Mercedes-Benz design language. There’s a hint of GLE about it, which should come as no surprise.
Down back, there are slim new tail lights that could have been lifted straight from the C-Class.
The rounded hips of the current car remain, and the four squared-off exhaust pipes are classic AMG. Also familiar? The diffuser-style insert in the rear bumper, and the wheel arch extensions.
Under the skin, the new GLC 63 is expected to follow in the footsteps of the upcoming C63 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. That’s right, the twin-turbo V8 is likely to go the way of the dodo.
The company has confirmed it’s re-engineered the A45 AMG’s M139 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine for longitudinal applications and will use it in as part of a plug-in hybrid in the AMG C-Class range.
It’s been reworked and pumps out more power than before.
From a base of 330kW of power, the fettled M139 engine can be combined with an electric motor developing up to 150kW and 320Nm of torque, though combined power and torque figures have yet to be released.
The A45 currently produces 310kW of power and 500Nm of torque, while the current C63 S produces 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
Mercedes-AMG says the total power and torque from this new electrified powertrain will surpass current “comparable” models with non-hybrid V8 engines.