And the new GLC43 proves that.
Mercedes-Benz is going all out by planning to offer every one of its models with an AMG version. While AMG models were once the craziest cars in Mercedes' arsenal, it seems like every car now wears the badge. What does a Mercedes-AMG C43 look like as a CUV? The answer is pretty simple: the Mercedes-AMG GLC43. Just like the C43, the GLC43 has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that puts out 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. Its Mercedes' offering in the performance CUV section and it's quite the looker.
The GLC43 utilizes a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power down through all four wheels thanks to a fixed torque split of 31:69 (front/rear). Thanks to the GLC43's engine, Mercedes claims the CUV will get to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph. To ensure that the CUV still rides like a Mercedes, the GLC43 utilizes Mercedes' Air Body Control adjustable air suspension, which has been tuned by AMG. There's also larger brakes, variable ratio steering and AMG styling cues on the interior and exterior. The GLC43 even comes with AMG Dynamic Select that has four preset driving models and an individual mode that allows drivers to tailor the sporty crossover SUV thing to their liking.
There's no word on whether Mercedes plans to stuff the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 from the Mercedes-AMG C63 and AMG GT into the CUV, since that car would cater to a very specific type of individual. The GLC43 is aimed directly at the BMW X4 M40i, Porsche Macan S and Audi SQ5, which are all performance version of mid-sized crossovers. Mercedes' latest AMG is expected to make its debut at the New York Auto Show next week.