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Tony O'Kane | Mar, 17 2016 | 0 Comments

Mercedes-AMG has expanded its range of high-tune Benzes with the announcement of the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4Matic - the soon-to-be flagship of the GLC-Class range of midsize SUVs.

Powered by the same 3.0 litre twin-turbo petrol V6 as its sedan cousin the Mercedes-AMG C43, the GLC43 pumps out a stout 270kW of power between 5500 and 6000rpm, and a fat 520Nm of torque between 2500-4500rpm.

That oomph goes to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic and AMG-tuned version of Benz's 4Matic AWD driveline, with a nominal torque split of 31:69 front to rear.

Zero to 100km/h is done away with in a brisk 4.9 seconds - 0.3 seconds ahead of the GLC43's closest rival, the Audi SQ5 - and AMG says the GLC43 will achieve a top speed of 250km/h.

19-inch lightweight alloys encase a high-performance braking package with 360mm front rotors and 320mm rear rotors, while AMG has equipped the GLC43 with air suspension and multi-mode electronically-adjustable dampers.

The front suspension has come in for significant tweaks as well, with AMG developing a new front knuckle, unique suspension geometry and a faster, more direct-acting steering rack with speed-sensitive gearing.

Like all other AMG models, the GLC43 gets a Dynamic Select switch which enables the driver to toggle between Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+ drive modes, with different engine, transmission, steering and suspension calibrations in each.

Externally the GLC43 receives its on unique bumpers, grille wheelarch extenions and quad exhaust tips, while cabin improvements see grippy microfibre upholstery on the steering wheel and seats, an AMG-branded instrument panel plus red contrast stitching on the dashboard, centre console and door cards.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is set to make its first public appearance at the New York auto show later this month, with a local debut expected late this year.

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