The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 celebrated its world premiere at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Tobias Moers, CEO at Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said, “With the new GLC43 4MATIC, we are offering an AMG model in the mid-size SUV segment for the first time. The new SUV from Affalterbach marks the pinnacle of the GLC product range and in the AMG portfolio it closes the gap between the GLA and GLE”. And I completely agree with that! Nowadays, having a mid-size option is a must, like Mercedes has done with the S400 in the S-Class segment. Giving the public an entry level choice, a high end bonkers choice and somewhere in the middle, a sensible and robust choice you can live with – It makes sense.
The 3.0-litre V6 Bi-turbo engine is used in numerous AMG performance models and is the only six-cylinder variant available in the GLC. It delivers a maximum output of 362 BHP and a maximum torque of 520 Nm. The GLC43 4MATIC sprints from rest to 100 kmph in 4.9 seconds and its speed is electronically limited at 250 kmph. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is especially matched to the demands of the GLC43 4MATIC. Thanks to the model-specific software application, the AMG developers managed to reduce the shift times of the 9-speed transmission. The multiple downshift allows even faster short bursts of speed, while the double de-clutching function in the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes makes for an even more emotive driving experience. The standard-fit all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC is characterized by the rear-biased torque distribution of 31 percent at the front axle to 69 percent at the rear axle. This configuration ensures more driving dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road plus improved traction during acceleration.
Coming to the design and look of the car, let’s talk about the exterior first. The design is enhanced with silver chrome colored and high-gloss black features and builds on the AMG Exterior line. The diamond radiator grille features chrome-plated pins, a louver in high-gloss black with inserts in high-gloss chrome and the AMG lettering. The sportily distinctive air intakes in the AMG front apron feature fins in silver chrome. Down below, the silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules. High-gloss black-painted, high-sheen 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels dominate the side view. The mixed-size tyres emphasize the majestic appearance. AMG also offers 21-inch wheels in a bi-color design.
The interior is committed for driving style, the multi-function sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching, and sits perfectly in the hand. The driver and front passenger find a secure position in the sports seats even when driving at speed, thanks to the improved lateral support. The upholstery in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber boasts its own seat upholstery layout plus red topstitching. To match the seat design the door center panels are styled in the same material. With two large round dials and a 5.5-inch central color multi-function display, the AMG instrument cluster places all the important information in the driver’s field of vision. The ECO display supports a fuel-saving driving style. Dials in a chequered-flag look cool and make you feel raaccyyy!!!, I dare say.
The new GLC43 AMG is a very likable car. It is indeed a smart car, and most certainly an interesting one. I bet that regarding the pricing, Mercedes will try not to exceed the normal GLE’s price bracket so that this AMG model can have a free run at the mid-size SUV market. The Mercedes SUV range has really expanded big time with the standard, AMG and after-market Brabus options big time in the last 2 years and this car is yet another feather in their hat. The only proper contender, according to me, with the power, size and pricing yet not reveled will be the Porsche Macan Turbo and the Jaguar F-Pace S. The GLC43 AMG will have its sales release on the 4th of April and will hit the market around June.