The Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover is gradually expanding its range. And now the turn has come for the appearance of AMG versions, which are traditionally the most powerful, sporty, dynamic in the line of each model with a three-pointed star. However, an interesting metamorphosis has occurred: the engines of the AMG versions of the Mercedes-Benz GLC have decreased in size – but the power has increased. And all thanks to hybrid technologies!

For example, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 crossover offers 421 hp. (the predecessor had 390) – such power was obtained from a small 4-cylinder 2-liter turbo engine, supplemented by a BSG starter-generator with a capacity of 10 kW or 14 “horses”. After all, the total power is enough to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and reach a maximum of 250 km/h.

The rest is exactly what you’d expect from an AMG-version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC: a sporty front bumper and a rear diffuser, an exhaust system with double twin round pipes, large wheels and brakes (front with 370 mm discs), a special automatic transmission AMG MCT 9G, all-wheel drive with an emphasis on rear-wheel drive. Plus sports seats and a steering wheel in the interior, leather trim, red stitching and carbon fiber decor.

However, the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S E Performance is ready to offer even more. Frankly provocative appearance and interior – just look at the rear spoiler or yellow interior elements – serve as a hint of a great equipment.

Under the hood, there is also a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine (it used to be a V8 4.0…) to which the EDU unit on the rear wheels is added – this is an electric motor and a 2-speed transmission. The total power of such a hybrid is an impressive 680 hp. (the predecessor had 510), and it can only move on an electric drive. After all, a battery with a capacity of 6.1 kWh is enough for 12 km of mileage.

However, other characteristics are much more interesting – for example, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 275 km/h. And the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S E Performance stands out with rectangular exhaust pipes, 390-millimeter front brakes, AMG TRACK PACE mode, etc.

This is how interesting it turns out: the engines have decreased, but thanks to electric motors and hybrid components, the power has only increased. Do you still want to see larger 6- and 8-cylinder engines under the hoods of the AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC?