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Mercedes GLC gets a boost in looks and performance

AMG cosmetics and tuning make distinctive new compact sport utility

Published: March 17, 2016, 6:30 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 12:53 PM

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Mercedes’ tiniest SUV, what used to be the GLK, is getting a boost in looks and performance, with the introduction of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic (the first such segment modification for the Affalterbach, Germany based Mercedes affiliate)

The newly designated GLC gets fitted with the tried and true 367-hp 3.0-litre biturbo V-6 (the only 6-cylinder in the GLC), with power being sent to all four wheels by a 9-speed sequential shift G-Tronic automatic transmission. Torque peaks at 383 between 2500 and 4500 rpm, so there’s always maximum grunt available at everyday speeds, whether you need to climb a dirt trail or pass a tractor trailer on the highway.

The all-wheel drivetrain is biased toward the rear (receiving 69% of torque under normal driving) to continue to provide the dynamic on-road performance for which Mercedes models are recognized. Zero to 100 km/h reportedly takes 4.9 seconds and top speed is pegged at 250 km/h.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic

The suspension is specially tuned by AMG, and features air body control with adaptive damping to allow it to work at its best over any form of terrain. Large ventilated disc brakes front and rear ensure precise stopping when it’s needed.

“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,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.

In terms of looks, the vehicle wears the AMG diamond grille, with chrome pins and high-gloss black louvres, and distinctive front and rear aprons, with the rear housing dual bright exhaust tips. Light alloy AMG 19-inch wheels are painted gloss black to match the grille louvres.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic interior

Inside, owners will find a multifunction AMG flat-bottom leather steering wheel with grippy faux-suede inserts at the optimal grip positions, and an instrument cluster with “chequered flag” design. The black leather/microfiber seats are accented in red stitching, as are other leather touch points such as the steering wheel and door pulls.

For contrast, seatbelts are also red.