We’ve recently seen its full-fat AMG 63 sibling, but now it’s time to take a look at the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43.
The redesigned GLC 43 is expected to make its debut in late 2022.
Much as the current GLC shares much with the previous-generation C-Class, the new model will be aligned closely with the redesigned C-Class in terms of interior and exterior design, powertrains and technology.
Changes include a new LED light signature as well as smoother body panels in line with the latest Mercedes-Benz design language.
Down back there are slim new tail lights that appear to be heavily inspired by the C-Class, as well as rounded haunches with wheel arch extensions.
This camouflaged prototype is distinguishable from the GLC 63 due to its rounded (instead of squared-off) quad exhaust pipes, as well as its smaller brakes.
The production-spec GLC 43 model will still have larger brakes, though, than regular GLC models.
There’s still a lot that’s hidden underneath the camouflage and we still haven’t got a proper look at the interior of the upcoming GLC yet.
Like the new C-Class, it’s expected to receive a free-standing digital instrument cluster measuring 12.3 inches, as well as a 11.9-inch portrait-oriented infotainment system that’s tilted towards the driver.
We also expect to see a restyled dashboard with more squared-off air vents, with those on the centre stack mounted higher.
While the GLC 43 is less powerful than the GLC 63, the next-generation model isn’t expected to be a slouch.
With this new model it’s expected that the engine will downsize from its existing twin-turbocharged V6 to a turbocharged four-cylinder engine like the next GLC 63.
The company has confirmed it’s re-engineering the A45 AMG’s M139 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine for longitudinal applications and will use it as part of a plug-in hybrid in the AMG C-Class range.
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.
For reference, the A45 currently produces 310kW and 500Nm, while the current GLC 43 produces 287kW and 520Nm.
At this stage it’s uncertain if this new model will be called the GLC 43 or the GLC 45 as rumours have circulated that Mercedes-AMG is changing the naming structure of its upcoming C-Class.
If this turns out to be true, the naming structure will then flow on to the GLC.
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