Now with more power and parts from the GLC 63.
If Mercedes didn’t build such enduringly great cars, one could almost accuse the company of perpetuating throwaway culture due to the rate at which it unveils new models. It seems as if no amount of reveals will satisfy Mercedes, which could be why it’s just taken the wraps off the facelifted AMG GLC 43 SUV and Coupe right after coming down from the high of releasing the updated GLC SUV, GLC Coupe, and two AMG 63 versions of each.
Like the 2020 GLCs released before it, minor tweaks and the inclusion of new technologies go a long way towards keeping the AMG GLC 43 fresh. Visually, the Coupe and SUV benefit from AMG's Panamericana grille and the same front bumper usually reserved for the more powerful GLC 63 models. Complementing the new features are restyled LED headlights and matte black fins over the air intakes that feature trim elements in silver.
The rear end maintains each vehicle's classic shape, save for the more pronounced rear diffuser and rounded quad tailpipes that replace the square units, but the updated LED taillights go a long way in inching both GLC 43s towards the design language of the rest of Mercedes’ lineup.
In exactly the same way the exterior gets subtle touches from its bigger and badder GLC 63 brothers, the GLC 43 SUV and Coupe both get distinctive red highlights to add some spice to the cabin, while the leftover red paint was presumably used to paint each AMG's engine cover. It’s spice that’s needed, though, since practically nothing else changes inside except for the steering wheel, which is now the same one used throughout the rest of Mercedes’ lineup, and the two screens that deliver information to the driver and occupants.
Each of them grows, with the gauge cluster displaying pertinent information to the driver using a 12.3-inch screen and the 10.25-inch touchscreen on the left housing the brand’s new MBUX infotainment interface.
The digital gauge cluster has also been thoroughly prepared to display high speedometer readouts, important given that Mercedes has increased the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6’s output to 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 23 horsepower. But even with the extra ponies being sent to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic gearbox, both the GLC 43 SUV and Coupe make the stampede from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds, just like the old models, before going on to a 130 mph top speed. That is, of course, only if you have any wheel and tire combo other than Mercedes' summer performance rubber that's sold along with 21-inch wheels. Using that setup, both cars will unlock the necessary performance to hit 155 mph.
And though the GLC 43 is intended to offer as much utility as the standard model, it does have a few performance-oriented goodies to play with. Among them are a speed-sensitive steering system that alters how steering input translates to the wheels depending on speed, an adaptive AMG Sport Suspension based on Mercedes’ Air Body Control system, a rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel drive system, and five different drive modes including "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual."
Pricing for both vehicles is up slightly, with the cheaper SUV coming out to $59,500 and the Coupe slotting in at $63,000, $995 destination charge non-inclusive. If either GLC is your cup of tea, make sure to keep a close eye on Mercedes dealerships for an on-sale date in late 2019.