Mercedes-AMG decided to let loose and spill the beans regarding the GLC43 crossover, so here it is, ahead of its New York debut.
As you’d expect, it’s an AMG version of Merc’s latest GLK replacement, the GLC, featuring the same 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 as the C43 and the E43 AMG. That nets about 362hp and 384 lb-ft of twist through a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic tuned by AMG, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive for a 0-60 time of just 4.8 seconds.
Being an AMG model, it comes with the latest suite of adaptive AMG Ride Control suspension with driver-selectable modes, Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. They also affect the engine and throttle response, transmission behavior, and the steering system. So if you feel like trying to keep up with some BMW M cars, you’ll do just fine.
The GLC43 AMG will go on sale later this year and if you’re too impatient, go ahead and check it out at the Javits Center if you have the chance in the coming weeks.
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Engine V6 Biturbo Displacement 2996 cc Output 362 hp @ 5500-6000 rpm Peak torque 384 lb-ft @ 2500-4500 rpm Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.8 s Top speed 155 mph (electronically limited)
The standard highlights
- 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine with modified engine management, increased boost pressure and significantly enhanced dynamics and responsiveness
- 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with double-declutching function during downshifts and particularly short response times in “Sport Plus” mode
- AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution of 31 to 69 percent (front axle to rear axle)
- Specially tuned sport suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROL with adaptive damping adjustment and AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch for dynamic, individually selectable driving experience with five drive programs and AMG- specific parameterization
- Three-stage Electronic Stability Program ESP®
- Front axle with newly developed steering knuckles and load-bearing joints on the spring link. Elastokinematic adjustments on the links
- Rear axle with elastokinematics tailored to higher driving dynamics
- Large braking system with internally ventilated compound brake discs, perforated at the front with a diameter of 14.2″ and 12.6″ at the rear
- AMG styling with distinctive front and rear bumpers as well as special tailpipes
- Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and louvers in high-gloss black
- 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design, painted high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish
- AMG instrument cluster with “checkered flag” design with 180 mph scale
- Multifunction sports steering wheel in leather with deep embossing in grip area, flattened bottom section, with red contrasting topstitching
– By: Chris Chin