Took ‘Em Less Than a Year: Mercedes-AMG unveils the GLC 43 facelift
We have all heard rumors that Mercedes wanted to drop the youngest AMG from the GLC family altogether. Luckily for us, the company just came out with the facelifted GLC 43, proving that the agile crossover SUV isn’t going anywhere yet.
The 43 took its time to arrive, though, given that the new AMG GLC 63 debuted in April. On the outside, the newcomer looks almost identical to its big brothers. There are revamped headlights and the marque’s signature new grille with vertical fins. You can tell it’s not a 63 only if you look closely at the bumpers, the fenders and the running boards.
Inside, there is a digital dashboard with AMG graphics, an MBUX infotainment system packing an ultra-wide display, and a new steering wheel. The crossover now also takes advantage of a new feature called Energizing, which lets you access climate, music, ventilation and heating controls using the same interface.
The series still ships with the old 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 mill, but the company will likely be replacing it with an inline-six soon. The engine now delivers 390 hp (291 kW) instead of just 367 (274) thanks to larger turbines and firmware optimizations. The surplus comes without a noticeable speed bump, though, as the SUV still runs from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds. The transmission is nine-speed automatic, and the drive type is permanent 4WD.
Both the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and the GLC 43 Coupe will arrive on the market in the coming fall.
Editor Andrew Raspopov