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.