Stop us if you feel like you’ve heard this one before: There’s a new Mercedes-AMG model with a “43” designation and a twin-turbo V-6. This time, it’s the Mercedes GLC crossover getting the AMG attention. The GLC replaced the Mercedes GLK-Class, which never received AMG’s blessing, so the AMG GLC43 is something of a new idea for Benz.
What’s not new is the engine. It’s the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 we’ve seen in several other Mercedes-AMG products, like the E43 sedan. In this case it makes 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 4.8 seconds, and top speed is electronically restrained to 155 mph.
There are sporty modifications to the chassis of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, too. The 4Matic AWD has a 31:69 front-rear split for eager cornering, the air suspension and adaptive dampers have been retuned, and there are stiffer new front suspension components. Enlarged brakes with cross-drilled 14.2-inch front rotors bring things to a halt, while 20-inch AMG wheels are shod in grippy performance tires.
Visually, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 gets an injection of AMG style, with new fascias boasting larger air intakes, quad exhausts, a chrome-trimmed rear diffuser, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 debuts at the New York auto show and goes on sale by the end of the year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect something significantly above the GLC300 4Matic’s $41,875 sticker price.