2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Is A Compact Crossover On Hallucinogens

Published March 20, 2016

Now when AMG is a bit more Mercedes and a bit less AMG, its parent company is doing all it can to fill it up with as many cars as possible. Never, from the beginning of time, have more Mercedes-Benz made cars been cherished with the letters AMG. Almost everything Mercedes-Benz offers is available through the Mercedes-AMG line of vehicles – true, in slightly different shape and different character compared to Benz cars. The newest child who went through the “from boy to a man” inauguration process at AMG is the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic. Obviously, this is just the hyped up version of a rather sensible compact SUV – GLC, but in the AMG form, the GLC received much the same improvements as shown on cars such as the 2017 AMG C-Class Coupe 4Matic or the 2017 AMG E-Class 4Matic. These three are not only linked through their 4Matic all-wheel drive, but all of them also source their parts from the same C-class bin.


If you are still wondering what these AMG 43 cars are all about, you should refresh your memory on BMW M Performance Division or Audi S cars. Mercedes-AMG is bringing its own compact SUV fighter to fight the SQ5 and the most powerful BMW X4 M40i. The first thing we noticed about the offspring is its black color which is not dull in some strange way. This was achieved through the integration of new bumpers (with far more prominent air intakes), awesome diamond radiator grille (like on Benz concept cars) and enormous 21-inch tyres. We have a hunch that the car would look more restrained with standard 19-inch wheels. The back is also all muscled up with a four-tailpipe exhaust and a new sports bumper. So, nothing too fancy about it, but we cannot say that AMG GLC 43 4Matic looks bad as a whole package. It is somehow “just right”.


The technology inside is, on the other hand, what tickles our minds the most. Although the three-liter V6 in the E 43 4Matic gives out 400hp, the one in here is just the same as in the AMG C-Class Coupe 4Matic. It churns out 367hp and 384lb ft. Plenty enough for a compact SUV. All this power goes to all four wheels – 31 percent to the front and 69 percent to the back. This is a rear wheel drive based 4Matic system. It should give its drivers a bit more engaging driving feel. Also, much of the steering system is geared towards sport and not towards off-roading.


The suspension is actually “AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive damping adjustment in three levels, mode selectable via button”. Other impressive systems include AMG DYNAMIC SELECT, Three-stage Electronic Stability Program, “ newly developed steering knuckles and load-bearing joints on the spring link” at the front, as well as special braking system with 360 mm front compound discs, and 320 mm rear discs. Obviously, this thing will fly over the tarmac.


Sheer numbers promise that the 9G-Tronic and the V6 will have it accelerate to 62 in 4,8 seconds and easily make it hit 155 mph. To put this into perspective, drivers of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic will be able to race against the Porsche Boxster, the Jag F-Type or even against some older Astons, Bentleys, Audis R8 and other. We live in strange times for sure.

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Safet Satara
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