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2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Spy Shots: Down On Cylinders, Up on Power and Tech

The upcoming model sports a bigger grille, proper exhaust pipes and a diffuser. This performance SUV will be the latest victim of engine downsizing.

Here’s a scoop fresh from Germany. We’ve got some exclusive spy shots of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC43. A prototype of the SUV was recently spotted during a test run.

Overview

2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Spy Shots: Down On Cylinders, Up on Power and Tech Exterior Spyshots
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We all know that the industry as a whole is undergoing a paradigm shift right now with the EV revolution well underway. Downsizing seems to be an ongoing trend and this is something that hasn’t escaped big-time performance brands like AMG either. It’s especially true for Europe, which has pledged to ban combustion-engined vehicles from 2035.

The 2023 GLC 43 AMG

2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Spy Shots: Down On Cylinders, Up on Power and Tech Exterior Spyshots
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This being an AMG, don’t expect this SUV to be cheap. The current lineup for the GLC AMG, i.e the 43, starts at $63,000

The latest model to fall prey to this ongoing trend of engine downsizing will be the Mercedes AMG GLC43. By looking at the spy shots, what’s almost immediately obvious is that the footprint of the next GLC remains more or less the same when compared to the current model. You’ll find a larger grille and a proper set of pipes at the rear, which is no bad thing in my opinion. Overall, expect revised exterior styling, new lighting elements, and the latest generation of MBUX to be part of the refresh.

2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Spy Shots: Down On Cylinders, Up on Power and Tech Exterior Spyshots
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Instead, Mercedes AMG is riding on the trend of downsizing and the new GLC will most likely feature a 2.0 Turbo four cylinder turbo

These are features that one obviously expects on a facelift model. However, the big change will take place under the hood. The upcoming mid-size performance SUV from Affalterbach will most likely feature a smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, instead of the V-6 and V-8’s offered on the current range of GLC AMGs, which produce anywhere between 385 horsepower and 503 horsepower on the GLC63 S.

2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Spy Shots: Down On Cylinders, Up on Power and Tech Exterior Spyshots
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Mercifully, it’s not just any old 2.0, but the legendary M139, that debuted on the A45 AMG back in 2019. This engine made headlines for being the most powerful 2.0 cylinder ever made

This is the legendary M139 unit that made headlines back in 2019 when it debuted on the A45 AMG, for being the most powerful 2.0-liter engine ever made. Expect it to produce anywhere in the region of 400 horsepower. This is the same engine that you’ll find in the upcoming C43 or C53 AMG, whatever Mercedes decides to call it, and the GLC 63e Hybrid variant of the GLC.

Conclusion

2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Spy Shots: Down On Cylinders, Up on Power and Tech Exterior Spyshots
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While the EU has pledged to ban combustion engines altogether by 2035, Mercedes-AMG’s CEO has confirmed that the brand will continue to develop engines for at least another decade

Sedans might be a dying breed, but performance SUVs are now more popular than ever before and Mercedes-AMG certainly wants to ride this wave until it lasts. The current GLC43 AMG starts at $63,000, so expect the next model to be positioned similarly. While the brand’s CEO Philipp Schiemer, has pledged that AMG will continue to develop engines for another decade, what is inevitable is the fact that Daimler as a brand will begin to shift its focus on the EQ brand.

Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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