Mercedes-AMG has introduced its first-ever mid-size SUV.
Powered by a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 has a familiar powerplant with 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission featuring shortened shift times and AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive that has been configured with a 69:31 rear bias.
All of that combined gives the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
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To provide the mid-size SUV with a sportier feel that AMG owners are accustomed to, the German automaker has redesigned a sport suspension based on the Air Body Control air suspension. The Adaptive Damping System Ads Plus has also been fine-tuned and can be adjusted in three stages: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
Drivers can select from the five AMG Dynamic Select modes that include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. Braking performance has been improved over the standard GLC models with 14-inch rotors and four-piston calipers up front to go with 12.6-inch rotors in the rear.
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To give it a unique exterior appearance, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 has a diamond radiator grille up front with chrome-plated pins, a louver in high-gloss black with inserts in high-gloss chrome and AMG lettering. The sporty distinctive front bumper boasts large air intakes while a silver chrome splitter ensures optimal air flow to the front cooling modules.
Located on all four corners are 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels finished in high-gloss black paint. The staggered setup is paired to 255/45/20 tires up front and 285/40/20 tires in the rear. In the back of the SUV is the signature AMG quad exhaust setup with chrome tailpipe trims. The AMG-specific rear apron sports trim in silver chrome.
Optional equipment for the new Mercedes-AMG GLC43 include performance seats with increased lateral support, leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim and a Night package with 21-inch wheels in a bi-color design.
The high-performance, mid-size SUV will make its world premiere at the 2016 New York Auto Show and will be on sale at dealerships in the U.S. by the end of the year. Expect pricing to be announced closer to its launch.
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