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Fur­ther bol­ster­ing the GLC ranks is the new AMG GLC 43 vari­ant. It gets a 270kW ver­sion of the 3.0-litre V6 and with two tur­bos blow­ing up to 1.1bar of boost pres­sure, gen­er­ates 520Nm of torque from 2500-4500rpm. It gets the nine-speed auto pro­grammed for shorter, sharper shifts, and the AWD sys­tem gets a rather dy­namic 31/69 torque split. There are five drive modes and a three-stage ESP sys­tem while AMG has spiced up the front end with new sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try fea­tur­ing more neg­a­tive cam­ber, along with stiffer bush­ings, steer­ing knuck­les and ball joints. Air sus­pen­sion with adap­tive damp­ing is stan­dard. There’s vari­able ra­tio steer­ing and the GLC 43 rides on 19-inch AMG wheels. The claims read 0-100km/h in 4.9sec, 8.3L/100km and it ev­i­dently weighs 1775kg. The usual AMG styling kit is present with sportier bumpers and side trims, and the in­te­rior fea­tures sports seat­ing trimmed with Merc’s man-made cov­er­ings. It’s due here in De­cem­ber.

And fi­nally ex­pect a proper AMG ver­sion of the GLC with a 4.0-litre biturbo V8. It’s likely this model will fea­ture pow­er­train tech­nol­ogy adapted from the yet-to-be re­vealed E 63 which would see the GLC 63 with around 400kW and 750Nm. It’ll also get the new AMG nine-speeder and what sounds like a fully vari­able AWD sys­tem. Ex­pect it in 2017.

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