The brand new, second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLK has been spied testing in its most potent variant, the GLK63 AMG. While the existing car may be dubbed the GLK however, indications suggest that the new vehicle will be rebadged to the GLC and consequently become the GLC63 AMG.

Names aside, the following prototype was snapped testing under heavy camouflage and admittedly doesn’t look like a traditional AMG model. Nevertheless, it is suggested that the spy photographers noticed the growl of a V8 under the bonnet.

Either way, we know that the Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG will be powered by AMG’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine now available in the AMG GT and the new C63. Dubbed the M178, this engine will replace the current twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 used by much of the AMG range.

Elsewhere, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC will use a similar modular platform to the existing C-Class with it available in both right hand drive and left hand drive. Standard variants of the GLC will target the likes of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Audi Q5 and BMW M3.

[Via World Car Fans]


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