Coupe and SUV models also get a tech upgrade inside.
Well, it looks like we have some mud on our faces. Mercedes-Benz unveiled its facelifted GLC-Class earlier in 2019, starting with the standard SUV in March at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. A month later we saw the GLC Coupe arrive in New York, along with the amped-up AMG GLC 63. An anonymous tip came to our inbox in June, claiming to be a Mercedes dealer with news that the lower-level AMG GLC 43 was dropped. Obviously, that’s not the case as now we have a whole bunch of photos and full information on the 2020 GLC 43, both in standard and coupe trim.
The minor facelift will be familiar to everyone who follows Mercedes. A revised front fascia with the Panamericana Grille and fresh headlights grace the GLC 43’s nose, with new taillights and a redesigned lower fascia at the rear being the exterior highlights. The oval quad exhaust outlets on the GLC 43 serve to visually separate it from the GLC 63.
Inside, you’ll find similarly subtle changes fitted to the existing GLC greenhouse, with updated trim options and a new steering wheel being the obvious differences. From a tech standpoint, both iterations of the GLC 43 receive the latest MBUX infotainment system. A 10.25-inch touchscreen is mounted in the center of the dash, while the driver gets a 12.3-inch instrument cluster.
Familiarity abounds under the GLC 43’s skin. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, 9-speed automatic transmission, and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system are essentially carry over, though the boosted mill is tuned to produce 385 horsepower (287 kilowatts). That’s a modest 23-hp improvement from the previous model, and while it’s not as brisk as the GLC 63’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, Mercedes-AMG says it can reach 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Combine that with a rear-biased AWD system, and the GLC 43 is still a lively people mover.
Pricing isn’t available for the new GLC 43, but Mercedes says it should be available later this year.
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