‘Performance not limited by terrain’
Huge SUVs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak. A smarter, more compact cup still lets you enjoy your tea without having to deal with added weight. Lesser known in some markets, the GLK-Class, sold only in lefthand-drive, was quite the popular character where it was. Evolving into the either-hand-drive GLC-Class was one of the smarter moves as the GLC then cracked new markets and made its presence felt. Revised styling and incredible refinement meant it would appeal to a whole new set of buyers. The AMG models, like the GLE, offer a choice of 367-PS six-cylinder or up to 510-PS eight-cylinder powerplants, as well as a choice of SUV and Coupé body styles, with a smart automatic transmission and 4MATI C all-wheel-drive making every journey as pleasurable no matter what the road surface is like.
If ever there was a big-hearted small giant, it would be the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATI C. Not restricting performance to the almost literal giants, the GLA 45 is built on the popular frontdrive platform and gets power from one of the most incredible engines the world has seen. The fourcylinder 2.0-litre engine delivers an incredible output of 381 PS and 475 Nm, lending the compact all-road-ready GLA the ability to dismiss distance on tarmac or off it rather swiftly. The 4MATI C all-wheel-drive system smartly sends the power where it is most needed, while its lower centre of gravity allows it to surprise even in the handling and dynamics sphere. It’s not too low, yet not too high, and perfectly blends everyday practicality with weekend-racer characteristics.
( Far below) GLA 45 packs explosive power even with four cylinders
( Left) GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ packs BiTurbo V8 power
( Below) Modern style meets all-road capability