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New York 2016 Preview: Twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 unveiled


GLC-Class gets power upgrade courtesy of AMG

AMG performance arrives in the GLC-Class after Mercedes-AMG recently revealed the GLC 43 4MATIC ahead of this year's New York International Auto Show. Billed by the company as their first AMG model in the midsize SUV segment, the GLC 43 4MATIC features a more pronounced exterior design, improved powertrain and chassis components and an air suspension that can be set for comfort or sport.

Starting with its exterior, it gets the company's signature diamond radiator grill paired up with chrome pins and louvres finished in high-gloss black. It also has front and rear aprons, as well as bespoke exhaust pipes that give off its performance credentials.


Housed inside the wheel wells are 19-inch AMG lightweight five-spoke alloys finished in high-gloss black along with a high-sheen finish to boot.

Inside, blankets of Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber cover the GLC 43's cabin. The seats themselves are upholstered in black leather with red contrast stitching, while the center portion gets the microfiber material.

Its center console, on the other hand, has a carbon fiber trim along with the same leather finish with red contrast stitching.

At the heart of the GLC 43 4MATIC is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. It churns out 367 PS at 5500 – 6000 rpm along with 520 Nm of torque that is available between 2500 – 4500 rpm. With those figures, it can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.

It's 4MATIC wheel drive system allows most of the power to be transferred to the rear axle (31% - 69%), while better stopping power comes courtesy of 360mm disc brakes at the front and 320mm disc brakes at the back.

Other technologies available in the GLC 43 4MATIC include: three-stage Electronic Stability Program, AMG Ride Control sports suspension, AMG Dynamic Select with five drive programs, Air Body Control and speed-sensitive sports steering.

It is scheduled to have its world debut on March 23, 2016.

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