2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG Crossover Review

Mercedes is aiming to strengthen its foothold on crossover market by releasing the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG. New in this release is its naming strategy by renaming GLK to GLC. The AMG badge worn by the upcoming crossover will surely bring exciting high-performance features and technology.

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Now that the GLA compact crossover has arrived, the GLC will grow in size. In order to go down this pathway, the GLC, which uses the X205 internal code, will share the 2015 C-Class’ MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform.

This will bring multiple benefits for the GLC, starting with the weight – thanks to the new architecture, the size boost won’t have a corespondent on the scale, at least not a direct one. Staying in the tech area, the platform change also means this will be the first time the model will also be offered in right-hand drive configuration.

Exterior

The vehicle is still in the early stages of development and hasn’t donned all the typical Mercedes-AMG goodies just yet, but there are a few clues giving away its identity. The prototype was spotted outside the Mercedes-AMG test center at the Nürburgring and features a slightly wider body than the one found on regular GLK prototypes. The ride height is also significantly lower, suggesting an uprated suspension system, and according to our photographer some heavy-duty brake hardware has been installed.

The standard exhaust tips suggest engineers haven’t installed a Mercedes-AMG powerplant just yet, but we know which unit they likely  have in mind.

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Interior

As you can expect, the change will be translated into a cabin space improvement. Coupled with the new interior design language introduced by the S-Class, this means the interior of the GLC will be a massive step ahead compared to that of the current GLK.

Powertrain

The identity of the engine has not been disclosed yet but most likely it’s the new V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo from the AMG GT (462 & 510 HP) and C63 AMG (476 & 510 HP) but probably with a slightly lower output sent to the wheels via a an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed sports transmission.

With neither Audi nor BMW offering high-performance versions of their respective Q5 and X3 models, the vehicle’s only real competitor will be the Porsche Macan Turbo.

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Release Date and Price

The new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG crossover is expected to unveil in the next fall of 2015 as 2016 model year. Base model will go on sale first while the AMG high-performance will follow soon after. Currently, pricing detail is scarce, but we expect that the upcoming crossover will cost $45,000. Stay tuned for future updates.

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