Mercedes-Benz has whipped the covers off its facelifted Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (in both SUV and so-called Coupé body styles), handing the performance SUV fresh styling and more power.
Exactly how much more oomph? Well, the twin-turbo 3,0-litre V6 engine now generates 287 kW, which is 17 kW more than before. Peak torque of 520 N.m, meanwhile, is available from 2 500 to 4 500 r/min, while the claimed 0-100 km/h time is 4,9 seconds, regardless of body style. Top speed is, of course, electronically limited to 250 km/h.
The Affalterbach-based performance division says the increase in power, together with the nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, has allowed it to enhance the “driving experience” and the vehicle’s “agility”.
You’ll likely also have noticed the refreshed model has gained the AMG-specific Panamericana grille, with the firm describing both the SUV and the Coupé-style models as “fully fledged members of our diverse and highly successful SUV family”.
The updated GLC43 furthermore benefits from the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, complete with AMG-specific functions and displays. The 12,3-inch instrument cluster and the freestanding 10,25-inch touchscreen display are also present and correct.
Interestingly, in June 2019 a report out of the United States suggested the facelifted GLC range would not include a 43-badged variant. Affalterbach’s 375 kW GLC63 S, of course, broke cover in April 2019, in both body styles.
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