Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 due in 2017
Super-SUV will use the brand’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing more than 500bhp
Spy photographers have once again spotted a 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 development mule testing in Germany.
The car is wearing a new front bumper that’s larger than the ones fitted to earlier mules, and it has wider air intakes, giving the super-SUV a more muscular front-end look.
Insiders suspect the car will also get a longer bonnet than that of the regular GLC, to provide more space for the wet-sump twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that powers it.
Shared with models like the C 63 saloon, the engine is likely to produce up to 503bhp and 516lb ft, as it does in other models.
Elsewhere, the car’s body looks identical to that of the GLC 43, which is already on sale. It is thought the interior will also be identical to that of the GLC 43, which uses a twin-turbocharged V6 engine to produce 361bhp and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.9sec.
AMG boss Tobias Moers recently said AMG 63 models would retain rear-wheel-drive layouts, leading some to suggest the hottest GLC could be rear-driven only. However, the larger GLE 63 comes exclusively with 4Matic four-wheel drive, so it seems more likely that this layout will be offered on the GLC.
AMG has set the GLE 63 up to send 69% of drive to its rear wheels, a similar level of rear-drive bias could be expected with 4Matic-equipped GLC 63.
No arrival date has been set, but the Geneva motor show is a likely venue for the model’s debut.