Future Models - Mercedes-AMG 2016 GLC43
New York show: Mercedes confirms AMG GLC43
Power pick: A new AMG GLC43 adds a hot six-cylinder to the four-pot GLC range, but there is no word yet on the V8.
AMG-powered 270kW GLC43 joining Mercedes' mid-sized SUV line-up in late-2016
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17 March 2016
MERCEDES-AMG has finally confirmed that a tuned-up AMG version of its GLC will
join the mid-sized SUV range, bringing a twin-turbocharged V6-powered GLC43 and
the most potent performance of the line-up, but a full-fat V8 GLC63 version is
still awaiting official confirmation.
The new flagship will join the already released petrol and diesel four-cylinder
variants on Australian soil in December this year, following its official
public debut at the New York motor show later this month.
The newest variant will be the first mid-sized SUV from the German-car maker to
receive special treatment at the Affalterbach factory, with the GLK predecessor
– that was not sold in Australia – never offered for sale wearing the esteemed
With 270kW and 520Nm on tap from its 3.0-litre V6, the GLC43 accelerates from
standstill to 100km/h in a swift 4.9 seconds, but has had its wings clipped to
a limited 250km/h. Despite the feisty performance, the hottest GLC manages fuel
efficiency of 8.1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
The six-cylinder is largely similar to other high-output V6s in the company's
repertoire, but for the GLC, Mercedes has a wound-up boost pressure and
tailored engine management mapping.
All four wheels share the gutsy AMG grunt via Mercedes' 4Matic transmission and
the widely used nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, which has five
Dynamic Select driving modes – Eco, Comfort and Manual for more day-to-day
driving or Sport and Sport Plus to make the most of the performance.
When in the two most enthusiastic settings, Mercedes says a “double
declutching” function produces the fastest and most involving gear shifts.
Steering wheel paddles can be used to change gears manually for the control
For more driver-focused dynamics, torque is split between front and rear axles
The Affalterbach engineers also paid particular attention to the GLC's chassis
with three further settings – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus – for the Air Body
Control pneumatic suspension. The four-link suspension set-up at the front has
more negative camber for greater cornering grip, while the ride is stiffened
over standard GLCs.
Steering and accelerator sensitivity are also adjusted in the various diving
modes, with a faster rack-ratio and greater weight in sportier modes, while a
higher idle speed allows a quicker getaway from standstill.
Eco mode activates idle-stop and coasting functions to save fuel. With a closed
throttle between speeds of 60km/h and 160km/h a clutch disengages the
transmission and the engine returns to idle for improved economy.
Speed is scrubbed by ventilated discs all-round, which measure 360mm at the
front with four-piston callipers, and 320mm with single-pot callipers at the
AMG versions of the GLC stand apart from the less performance-focused range
with more chrome and gloss black highlights, different front and rear bumpers
and a scattering of AMG badging, similar to the AMG Line optional pack
available for the rest of the GLC range.
Wheels measure 19 inches while the exhaust tailpipe count totals four.
On the inside, the Mercedes-AMG treatment continues with a D-shaped black
leather steering wheel with contrasting red stitching and multi-function
controls, sports seats keep front passengers pinned in a combination of
synthetic leather and suede with more red thread.
A 5.5-inch AMG-specific instrument cluster provides the driver with vehicle
information and is decorated with what Mercedes describes as a “chequered flag
look” for more sporty appeal.
As is the case with any Mercedes, the options list is a playground with more
bucketed sports seats offering increased support, leather upholstery instead of
the standard Artico and Dinamica fabric, carbon-fibre interior and exterior
bits and 21-inch wheels all available to the customer with a bigger budget.
The Australian GLC range extends from GLC220d, through GLC250 to GLC250d, but
speaking to GoAuto in Stuttgart last year, Mercedes-Benz head of sales and
product marketing Matthias Luhrs said the company would “definitely do” a 63
Mr Luhrs also confirmed the highest performance variant would be offered for
the Australian market, following the continued warm reception of all AMG-badged
Mercedes models Down Under.