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Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 revealed; quickest, most powerful SUV in class

Following the release of the C 43 and E 43 AMG sports models, Mercedes has now unveiled the GLC 43 AMG. This is the company’s first performance-focused mid-size SUV.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43-front

Like the others, this isn’t the fully-fledged AMG model. Instead, it’s a sporty AMG version of the new GLC. It gives customers the chance to experience AMG’s performance philosophy without going for outright warp speed.

Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 270kW and 520Nm, down from the E 43’s 295kW output. Even still, acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 4.9 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250km/h.

With these figures it becomes the quickest and most powerful SUV in the class. BMW’s top X3 is the X30d diesel, which offers 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds, while the 230kW Audi SQ5, also a diesel, covers the sprint in 5.2 seconds.

Behind the engine in the GLC 43 AMG is a nine-speed automatic transmission connected up to a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive unit distributes torque 31:69 front to rear for a sporty balance.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43-interior

Other AMG highlights include a neat bodykit with bespoke trimmings, 19-inch alloy wheels and performance tyres, 360mm front and 320mm rear performance brakes, and AMG Ride Control sports suspension with adaptive damping technology.

For the cabin there’s a multi-function sports steering wheel, ARTICO leather upholstery, microfibre trimmings, sports seats, and a full multimedia interface including a 5.5-inch LCD display for the driver.

The new model will go on sale later this year, including in Australia towards the end of the year. Prices are yet to be announced.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.