Mercedes has plans to expand its performance division with 10 new AMG nameplates and the new lineup will include the new Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV and GLC63 Coupe.
You’d think that the two new models will use the same drivetrain as the C63 range but that’s not the case here. In an interview with CarAdvice, Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers told them that the performance GLCs will borrow their drivetrain from the AMG E63.
Full specs aren’t out yet for the AMG E63 but it will be sporting a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine under the bonnet and paired with an all-wheel drive nine-speed automatic transmission. What we do know is that the E63 will be getting a power bump so we should be seeing a power output higher than the C-Class’ 469 HP and 503 HP, maybe somewhere around 550 HP for the standard model and 600 HP for the ‘S’ model.
These output numbers sound great but we can expect Mercedes to detune the engine a bit for a noticeable power gap between the two GLC63 models and the E63s.
It’s not just the C63's that is getting the new drivetrain, Moers said “all other 63 models coming up to the market, they have to use the new, more sophisticated drivetrain.” If true, this would mean that the E63 Wagon, Coupe, Cabriolet and maybe even the next-gen CLS will be sharing the E-Class drivetrain.
This hasn’t been confirmed yet and Moers was a bit vague when asked but, we could see the new models next year. He said: “So E63 comes first, and after that, maybe the GLC63.”