Mercedes AMG GLC63 didn’t receive any extra power after undergoing an update for 2020, but that isn’t the case for its little brother, the GLC43, which was revealed in updated form on Wednesday.
The 2020 GLC43, available as a regular two-box SUV or a sharper-looking coupe-like offering, lands in dealerships in late 2019 and brings several key updates, including a 23-horsepower power bump.
The most noteworthy part of the mid-level performance GLC is that its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 makes more power. Mercedes added larger turbochargers and a new engine tune, allowing 23 more horsepower for a total of 385. Torque output is unchanged, though, at 384 pound-feet. The engine is still coupled to a nine-speed automatic and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. Mercedes claims that the GLC 43 in either conventional crossover or “coupe” form will hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 130 mph with standard 20-inch wheels and tires or 155 mph with 21-inch wheels and summer tires.
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.
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.