Mercedes-Benz and its performance partner, AMG, continue to roll out updated versions of already-successful models. The most recent case being the 2019 GLC 43 SUV and coupe.
The new models received a slew of updates for the next model year, including a horsepower update for the new models’ 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine. The new powerplant gets a 23 hp upgrade to now develop 385 hp.
Of course, more power is nothing without an improved handling and performance package, including the rear-biased AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system, the AMG Dynamics agility control system, and the responsive AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission.
Additionally, the new models get the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, with AMG-specific functions and displays. The new model takes the covers off an innovative interface that enhances the vehicle’s everyday use. Inside, the GLC 43 provides an exceptional amount of space for passengers, luggage, and includes a comprehensive range of safety features.
“The new GLC 43 SUV and Coupe in their latest guises also feature the AMG-specific radiator grille, identifying them straight away as fully-fledged members of our diverse and highly successful SUV family,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes- AMG GmbH.
“This midsize performance SUV combines new, expressive design features with enhanced performance, the innovative MBUX infotainment system and absolute viability in everyday use. And, of course, its exceptional agility and sporty driving dynamics mean that we are able to meet our brand promise of “Driving Performance” in this segment, too.”
The new models take a mere 4.7 seconds to run from 0 to 60 mph. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph, unless equipped with the optionally available 21-inch wheels with Summer Performance Tires, which raise the top speed to 155 mph.
The AMG-specific grille with its vertical chrome fins combined with the restyled LED high-performance headlamps emphasize the expressive character of the front design.
“The distinctive rear end, with its broad bumper, diffuser and round twin- tailpipes, also contributes to the sporty look. As with the front view, the redesigned LED taillights provide an unmistakable light signature,” the automaker notes.
The interior design carries on the sporty appearance of the exterior and emphasizes the dynamic ambitions of the new GLC 43. This midsize performance SUV features sport seats as standard, which offer improved lateral support to both the driver and front passenger.
SUV and Coupe come with a choice of five drive programs: “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual.” Using these allows the characteristics of the vehicle to be individualized even further with the touch of a finger.