Facelifted GLC AMG Models Spied Testing at Nurburgring in Germany

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Motor1 gives us the best view of theĀ GLC AMG Coupe and SUV going for a shakedown on Europe’s toughest track.

Something curious is going on in Germany. According to a report from Motor1, Mercedes has been spied testing a revised AMG GLC, but it makes little sense to us. Since the GLC was recently introduced, all the hardware has pretty much been dialed in, be it AMG models or otherwise, so to see two models shuffling around the Nurburgring makes us question if these are just “revised” models, or something all together different. Is there more power under the hood?

It’s highly unlikely that the GLC AMG will get the GLE’s larger 5.5 liter turbocharged V8, as there’s plenty of room left in the 4.0 liter engine for increased output. However, if you change the design of a front bumper, grille and headlights on a vehicle, you typically don’t need to hit the track in order to find out of it actually works.

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From what can be seen under the camo, a front end similar to the AMG GT Coupe and CLS is the new design language for this small SUV. There’s some other minor tweaks out back, with what looks like a diffuser, but judging by the shallowness of the bumper, it will be purely cosmetic. That has us wondering what this test was really all about.

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Its doubtful the GLC will ever reach the performance numbers of the GLE, but we would be happy to see the small CUV easily eclipse the performance of other vehicles in the segment, such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and Porsche Macan Turbo S.

In reality, these spy shots might lead to big news, or nothing really significant at all. But we would like to think that the smaller V8s can see a bump in power sometime soon. Only time will tell.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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