Mercedes-AMG introduces the new GLC 43 4MATIC

Article by Christian A., on March 19, 2016

The performance-driven Mercedes-AMG is introducing its first mid-size SUV – the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC. This first AMG model in the mid-size SUV segment is not only powerful but also efficient. This power is balanced by an impressive show of agility, handling, response and luxurious comfort.

Moreover, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC comes with an athletic and distinctive exterior and a sporty interior.

Customers may also avail of optional elements for their new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC like performance seats with increased lateral support, carbon-fiber trim and leather upholstery as well as 21-inch wheels in a bi-color design. Also available as an option is a Night package.

Mercedes-AMG will take the mask off the new GLC 43 4MATIC mid-size SUV next week at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Sales release of the new GLC 43 4MATIC is set on April 4 while its market launch is slated in June 2016.

Exterior Design

This new mid-size SUV from AMG features a sporty yet distinctive exterior design derived from the AMG Exterior line and marked by silver chrome-colored and high-gloss black element.

The front end of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC dons a diamond radiator grille with chrome-plated pins and a louvre in high-gloss black with inserts in high-gloss chrome, as well as the AMG lettering. It is fitted with AMG front apron featuring athletically unique air intakes with silver chrome fins.

Furthermore, the front end of the mid-size SUV comes with a silver chrome front splitter that helps guarantee an optimal flow of air to the cooling systems.

Additionally, the sides of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC are specified with high-gloss black door mirror caps and the silver “BITURBO 4MATIC” lettering on the front wings.

Completing the looks of the sides are high-gloss high-sheen black 19-inch (48.3 cm) AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels wrapped in 235/55 R 19 on 8 J x 19 at the front axle and 255/50 R 19 on 9 J x 19 at the rear axle.

The rear end of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC is marked by two four-pipe chromed tailpipe trims and an AMG-specific rear apron sports trim in silver chrome.

Interior Design

Inside, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC is provided with a black-leather multifunction sports steering wheel that features a flattened bottom section as well as red contrasting topstitching. Comfortably hugging and securing the driver and the front passenger are sports seats with improved lateral support.

They are upholstered in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber, featuring its own seat upholstery layout with red topstitching. Interestingly, the door center panels are also styled in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber.

Furthermore, the new mid-size SUV features an AMG instrument cluster that places all vital information on the driver’s field of vision. This AMG instrument cluster comes with two large round dials and a 5.5-inch (13.97 cm) central color multifunction display.

The cluster also features an ECO display that supports a fuel-efficient driving style. Moreover, the dials feature a checkered-flag appearance while large dials feature unique typography.


Serving as the core of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC is the AMG 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine that develops 270 kW (367 hp) of max output and 520 Nm of peak torque available between 2500 rpm and 4500 rpm. As a result, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph. This high output is attributed to the installation of two turbochargers positioned close to the engine, as well as to higher 1.1 bar charge-air pressure. Meanwhile, its high torque allows for higher levels of dynamism and responsiveness.

Furthermore, the NANOSLIDE coating on the cylinder liners has been improved in the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 V6 hybrid turbo engines. NANOSLIDE is not only tough and wear-resistant, but is also able to reduce friction for higher efficiency. The engine’s spray-guided multiple injection has also been enhanced to handle up to 200 bar fuel pressure. The AMG engine is marked by the red aluminum insert on the engine cover.

This engine is paired to the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission specially tuned to the GLC 43 4MATIC. AMG developers used model-specific software application to reduce the shift times of the nine-speed transmission, which has a multiple downshift feature that allows for faster short bursts of speed. The mid-size SUV comes with five DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes -- Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual – allowing the driver to adjust the characteristics of the GLC 43 4MATIC to suit his or her taste through a tap of a finger.

Driver could choose a transmission mode resulting to an efficient or comfortable drive, and even to a very sporty ride. DYNAMIC SELECT modifies key parameters like the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering.

Gear changes on the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission are based on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. A driver could also opt for the “Manual” mode by pressing a separate button in the center console, provided with the ability to change gear through the paddles mounted on the steering wheel. Interestingly, the transmission remains in the selected gear and would not shift up by itself even when the engine speed approaches the rev limit.

Transmission modes “Sport” and “Sport Plus” feature the double-declutching function for a more dynamic driving. Moreover, the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes come with defined ignition adjustments that allow for faster gearshifts compared to those of the “Eco” and “Comfort” modes.

Additionally, the higher idle speed allows the vehicle to move off and accelerate faster from standstill. On the other hand, the efficient “Eco” transmission mode turns on the ECO start/stop function and the gliding function to have the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC consume less fuel.

As the accelerator is released at speeds of between 60 km/hand 160 km/h, the clutch is disengaged and the engine is then decoupled from the powertrain. Electronics moves in to lower the engine speed to idle level while the engine’s compression and frictional forces in overrun mode reduce the driving resistance.

Supporting the power from the high-output engine is an autonomous sports suspension on based from the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension, allowing the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC to become more agile, exhibit higher traction and more neutral cornering attributes.

The mid-size SUV also feature an Adaptive Damping system ADS PLUS that can be tweaked in three stages “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus,” thereby allowing the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC to offer high comfort on long trips and sporty driving dynamics on assertive driving. AMG equipped the SUV’s four-link front axle with special steering knuckles and load-bearing joints – all of which feature optimized rigidity.

To improve lateral dynamics, the front axle and the multi-link rear axle come with a more negative camber. The elasto-kinematics of the front and back axles has been made to be more rigid to improve the agility and dynamics of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC. Just as its name suggests, this new mid-size SUV from AMG is equipped with a rear-biased all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC, which sends 31 percent of torque to the front axle and 69 percent to the rear axle.

By distributing more torque to the rear, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC could offer improved driving dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road. Traction is also enhanced during acceleration. Moreover, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC comes with speed-sensitive sports steering – featuring variable ratio – that provides direct and clear feedback.

It provides variable steering power assistance when the vehicle is in “Comfort” or “Sport” mode. Steering and relevant attributes depend on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, but can also be customized in “Individual” mode.

Providing the stopping power for the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC is a large-dimensioned braking system that features interior-ventilated compound brake discs. The perforated discs on the front axle measure 360 mm x 36 mm with four-piston fixed calipers and AMG lettering. These discs measure 320 mm x 24 mm on the rear axle, with single-piston fixed calipers.

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