• 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Unveiled

A generous portion of AMG performance

Mercedes just can’t wait for next week’s New York International Auto Show. The German automaker already dropped details on several upcoming debuts, and now, it’s adding the

tuned GLC 43 to the list. This is the first mid-size SUV to come from the Affalterbach-based high-performance division, slotting between the GLA and GLE, and as you’d expect, it comes loaded with all sorts of go-faster goodies.

At the heart of the matter is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 good for 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Up to 15 psi of boost is shoved into the cylinders, which come lined with the F1-derived Nanoslide friction-reducing coating. Handling the shifts is a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, while a rear-biased 4Matic AWD system does the torque split.

When it’s all said and done, the AMG GLC 43 can hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and charge up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Making it turn is an adaptive air suspension and three-stage electronic stability. There’s also speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio and variable power assistance. The brakes include 14.2-inch discs in front, 12.6-inch discs in back, with four-piston calipers all around. Finally, pilots will get five different driving modes to play with – “Eco,” “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport Plus,” and the customizable “Individual” mode.

As is tradition, AMG also had its way in the styling department, with aggressive bumpers, 20-inch wheels, and shiny exhaust tips. Most trim pieces are either chrome or high-gloss black, while the front splitter and intake fins are silver. More glossy black is available with the Night Package, and you can also opt for larger 21-inch wheels if so inclined.

Inside are sport seats with big bolsters, a leather-wrapped and flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel, and AMG-specific instrumentation with a 5.5-inch driver’s information display. Options include full leather upholstery, and several acres of carbon-fiber trim.

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is scheduled to hit dealers by the end of the year.

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