2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC is Back with More Power

As you probably know, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is refreshed and improved for 2020, including both the SUV and Coupe variants. We flew to Germany a couple of weeks ago to put the vehicles to the test and were enamoured of them, particularly the irresistible GLC 63 S 4MATIC+.

If you’re looking for a more reasonable performance option that slots between this 503-horsepower beast and the entry-level 255-horsepower model, you’ll be pleased to know that the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC is back with a series of updates highlighted by a more muscular engine.

Specifically, the upgraded twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 delivers 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque—an increase of 23 horsepower over the previous model. It is mated to a recalibrated nine-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission that is said to offer considerably faster gearshifts.

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The 2020 GLC 43 4MATIC is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just under five seconds—4.9 to be exact. For the record, it’s not any quicker than the 2019 version despite the boost in output.

A rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system ensures the vehicle benefits from optimum traction at all times. Meanwhile, the five drive modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual) are now linked to the AMG DYNAMICS agility control system and allow for handling characteristics to be set with even more differentiation.

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As far as styling goes, there is no doubt the GLC 43 4MATIC is a member of the Mercedes-AMG family. The AMG-specific front grille with vertical chrome-plated fins, the accentuated side-sill panels and the rear diffuser with rounded twin tailpipes are dead giveaways. The standard 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels can be replaced with a selection of three optional rim designs up to 21 inches in size.

Other design highlights include a broad front apron featuring matte black air intakes, restyled LED headlights and taillights as well as an under-guard in chrome or matte black.

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Inside, there’s the new MBUX infotainment system, of course, along with a next-generation AMG steering wheel. Available in nappa leather, the latter features a rim with a flattened lower section, perforated leather in the grip area, red contrast topstitching and galvanized paddle shifters. New built-in Touch Control buttons can be used to intuitively select the displays of the instrument cluster and the multimedia system by means of horizontal and vertical swiping.

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV and Coupe will join the Canadian lineup by the end of this year. Pricing should be similar to the 2019 model, which starts at $62,500.

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