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A Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 has been spied on with a conspicuous three-slash grille before the company officially announced it’s release

It will feature a 2.0-liter engine as well.

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Additionally, a 2.0-liter motor is being added.

A 2.0-liter 48-volt mild-hybrid engine producing 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque powers both of the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC’s available models in the United States. While the flagship GLC 63 is still in development, we have also spotted a prototype of the more affordable GLC 43.

See it in all its camouflage glory in the gallery below, captured recently in Germany. Assuming production begins, it will slot in below the GLC 300/GLC 300 4Matic, which is already on sale in the US, and the GLC 63, which won’t arrive until later this year or early in 2023.

The trial vehicle isn’t nearly as aggressive looking as the 63-branded prototypes we’ve seen, but the larger tires and more pronounced front fascia should help set it apart from the production version. A further telltale sign that we are dealing with a hotter GLC are the massive brake discs housed in the wheels and the red front brake calipers. Most of the diffuser arrangement on the rear bumper is obscured by black tape.

The loss of the six-cylinder engine in the new generation of this hotter SUV is likely to disappoint Mercedes purists. Instead, it is more likely that a modified version of the company’s M139l 2.0-liter engine that has been electrified will be under the hood. We anticipate numbers close to those of the recently revealed Mercedes-AMG C43’s 402 hp (296 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.

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