The specialty Mercedes-AMG division has decided to officially present the all new GLC43 high-performance crossover prior to its worldwide public introduction set to be featured at the New York Auto Show.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 has been tipped as a “particularly dynamic addition” to the crossover’s range, with the sporty compact model wearing a dynamic front end with a diamond radiator grille and a chrome front splitter. We also noticed the black mirror caps and 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with a two-tone wrap. The crossover has also been adorned out back with a new rear bumper and a performance-oriented four-tailpipe sports exhaust system. The cabin is nothing to write home about, as it mostly carries over but the bespoke modifications do include a multifunction sports steering wheel, adapted sports seats and an AMG instrument cluster inclusive of a checkered flag motif.
Power comes from under the hood via a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine already known form other iterations across the Mercedes line-up and bringing its 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque to the party. The engine has been linked to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and a rear-focused AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. That’s enough oomph for the crossover to reach 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds on its way to an electronically-governed maxim speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). AMG has also fitted the proprietary AMG Ride Control sport suspension with adaptive dampers (Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus settings), a high-performance braking system, a speed-sensitive sport steering system, and an AMG Dynamic Select system which alters the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering system. The model will hit dealerships in the United States before the start of 2017 – probably Europe sooner – and pricing will be revealed closer to the showroom launch.