For a luxury automaker, there’s no such thing has having too many sporty crossovers in the stable. That’s why Mercedes-Benz has announced yet another compact crossover at the recent New York Auto Show.
The all-new Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is a high-performance variant of the new GLC crossover. It boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 delivering 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. All that power will send this ‘ute to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.8 seconds.
That kind of performance puts the new GLC43 right in the thick of battle between other German crossovers. This includes the 354-hp Audi SQ5 which can sprint to 60 mph in 5.1-seconds, the 355-hp BMW X4 M40i that can do 60 mph in 4.7-seconds, and 360-hp Macan Turbo that can manage a 5-second flat 0-60 mph time.
Power is routed through the GLC43’s nine-speed automatic transmission that has been tuned for speedier shifting, and AMG’s all-wheel-drive system ensures all-weather and all-road traction.
While this new crossover can reach an electronically limited 155 mph, Mercedes did attempt to make the GLC43 somewhat efficient as well. Drivers can select from an “Eco” mode that will shut the engine off at red lights to converse fuel. When coasting, this model will also disengage the clutch to cut down on drag and save even more gas. However, fuel economy figures have yet to be released.
Other driver-selected settings include “comfort”, “sport”, and “sports plus”, which all adjust a combination of steering, suspension, and/or throttle response.
The addition of high-gloss black accents, sportier air intakes, bolder tailpipes, and black 20-inch alloy wheels, will help to make this model more distinctive than the non-AMG variant of the GLC crossover.
For anyone looking for a high-performance compact crossover, the decision will be made much, much more difficult with the arrival of the GLC43. If interested, you can find the GLC43 in showrooms by the end of the year.