Two Variants, A great deal of Tech & One Wonderful Turbo Engine

The high-performance AMG variants of the standard Mercedes-Benz GLC will arrive expectedly with a barrage of new-age know-how. Heading off rivals within the extremely profitable midsize luxurious phase calls for boss ranges of energy and innovation, one thing the parents at Mercedes-AMG know a factor or two about. Their newest creation, the 2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC, will arrive on U.S. soil in two variations, together with an almighty hybrid with loopy energy figures.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC M139l Engine

The AMG variants of the third-gen Mercedes-Benz GLC will function the model’s hand-assembled M139l 2.0-liter four-pot, the one engine in sequence manufacturing outfitted with an electrical exhaust gas-driven turbocharger. The turbocharger of the longitudinally mounted engine is a by-product of what’s utilized by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Crew

The lesser-endowed mannequin, the GLC 43, has a belt-driven starter generator that provides 13 horsepower at decrease speeds. However even with out it, the aggressive turbo engine nonetheless generates 416 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque, greater than satisfactory for any driving event. The high-tech plant sends energy to all 4 wheels (with a rear-biased 39:61 entrance/rear torque distribution) utilizing an AMG Speedshift MCT 9G nine-speed computerized with a moist start-off clutch.

Nevertheless, our bets are on the GLC 63 S E Efficiency, a high-strung hybrid with a 201-horsepower electrical drive unit on the rear axle, for a complete system output of 671 horsepower and 752 lb-ft. of torque. The GLC 63 S E Efficiency shares the nine-speed multi-clutch computerized of the GLC 43 however has a fully-variable AMG Efficiency 4MATIC+ all-wheel drivetrain that would break up energy 50/50 (entrance to rear) or ship as much as 100% to the rear wheels as required.

Electrical Exhaust Fuel Turbocharger

The GLC 63 S E Efficiency has a bigger electrical exhaust fuel turbocharger to ship extra energy, drawing juice from the 400V high-voltage structure and working at speeds of as much as 175,000 rpm. A 1.6-inch skinny electrical motor is built-in immediately on the turbocharger shaft between the turbine wheel on the exhaust facet and the compressor wheel on the consumption facet. “This immediately drives the shaft of the turbocharger and is electronically managed, accelerating the compressor wheel earlier than the exhaust fuel circulation takes over the drive in a standard method,” Mercedes-AMG mentioned in a press release.

Just like the Mercedes-AMG sourced four-cylinder of the Lotus Emira, the M139l engine of the GLC encompasses a closed deck design with piezo injectors. For the 2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC particularly, the piezo injectors ship gasoline into the combustion chambers at pressures of as much as 2,900 psi within the first stage. The second stage provides consumption manifold duct injection with solenoid valves, which is required to attain the engine’s excessive energy output, mentioned Mercedes -AMG.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC
2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC. Picture: MBUSA.

How Quick Is The 2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC?

Fast sufficient to make you neglect you’re driving a high-riding crossover, that’s for positive. Mercedes-AMG claims the comparatively tame GLC 43 may rush to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.7 seconds with a 155 mph high velocity. However, the GLC 63 S E Efficiency has sportscar-beating numbers: zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and a 171 mph high velocity.

E Efficiency Hybrid System

The 400-volt battery inside the GLC 63 S E Efficiency presents a capability of 6.1 kWh, 107 steady horsepower, and 201 peak horsepower for 10 seconds. Charging happens by way of recuperation or the three.7 kW onboard AC charger at a charging station, wall field, or family socket. Much like the turbocharger, the essential working technique is derived from the hybrid energy pack of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formulation 1 race automobile.

Mercedes-AMG famous how the battery is designed for quick energy supply versus vary. A coolant based mostly on an electrically non-conductive liquid flows round all 560 cells and cools them individually to maintain the working temperature inside a traditional vary.

Rear-Wheel Steering & Adaptive Suspension

The good news is each the GLC 43 and GLC 63 function an adaptive suspension with AMG trip management. There are three suspension settings (Consolation, Sport, Sport+), and the system adjusts the damping forces at every wheel based mostly on the chosen mode. As well as, the GLC 63 has a 48V energetic roll stabilization system that forestalls physique roll and sharpens the steering whereas cornering.

In the meantime, the GLC 43 has 5 AMG Dynamic Choose driving modes, whereas the GLC 63 S E Efficiency has eight. Each variants have three-stage AMG speed-sensitive energy steering and rear-wheel steering. The latter improves dealing with at excessive speeds and low-speed maneuverability whereas decreasing the turning circle. The system tilts the rear wheels as much as 2.5 levels in the wrong way at speeds as much as 62 mph and turns in the identical course because the entrance wheels at greater speeds to enhance dealing with.

Furthermore, the GLC 43 has four-piston mounted calipers with perforated 14.7 x 1.4-inch discs within the entrance and a single-piston caliper with 14.2 x 1-inch discs within the rear. The GLC 63 has larger 15.4 x 1.4-inch composite brakes with six-piston calipers within the entrance and 14.6 x 1-inch discs within the again with a single floating caliper.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC Gear Packages

The 2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC is offered with loads of tools add-ons. The AMG Evening Bundle consists of shiny black mirror caps, bumper trims, window surrounds, shoulder trims, and AMG facet sill inlays, whereas the Evening Bundle Plus infuses darkish chrome accents on the entrance grille and rear badges.

For those who fancy plenty of carbon fiber, the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Bundle provides the therapy to the A-wing, facet sills, and different trim strips. Lastly, the AMG Efficiency Bundle for the GLC 43 imbibes the automobile with high-gloss aero-enhancing parts like a entrance splitter, rear diffuser, and air retailers.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC Beginning MSRP

Mercedes-AMG has not divulged the official MSRP numbers of the 2025 GLC 43 and GLC 63. Our ballpark figures are about $72,000 (GLC 43) and $88,000 (GLC 63), respectively, however what’s sure is each will arrive at U.S. dealerships in early or mid-2024.

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog function columnist and an professional in sports activities and efficiency vehicles. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accountancy in his youthful years and continues to be very a lot smitten to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He additionally likes fried hen, music, and natural medication.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GLC Picture Gallery

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