Mercedes-Benz GLC: 385bhp AMG GLC 43 joins the range

Published: 18 July 2019

► New facelifted Merc GLC gets Coupe version
► Modest exterior tweaks, tech updates too
► MBUX and new steering wheel pep up interior

It was always going to happen. Standard SUVs are now so commonplace that SUV coupes – whatever that actually means – look like the new stand-out, moneymaking niche for Europe's car brands. And the bigger and swankier the better, it seems - which is why we now have the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe and SUV. 

As the name suggests, the new GLC 43 gets the usual Affalterbach makeover, so you'll find a slatted Panamerica grille at the front, a larger front apron, twin exhausts and other sporty aero addenda.

Like other AMG specials, the GLC 43 will roll on a choice of 19- to 21-inch sporting alloy wheels. 

Tell me about the GLC 43 engine?

Both AMG 43 variants of the GLC will use a 3.0-litre V6 with forced induction. Power is up to 385bhp – some 20bhp more than the last GLC 43 – while drivers will get 384lb ft of torque under their right foot. Rather than a physical upgrade, the increase in performance is the result of a software update. Merc claims 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds for both AMG GLCs. 

Mercedes GLC: everything you need to know

Mercedes is calling the new GLC Coupe ‘a new take on extraordinary,’ but really it merely follows the same formula as the latest crop of SUV Fastbacks/Sportbacks/Coupes. In Mercedes' case, Coupe means a dropping roofline, a slightly more shapely rear and redesigned A-pillars for a slightly slicker look. A diamond grille and lashings of extra chrome also separate this car from the stock GLC.


Inside, the interior is pretty much the same as the stock GLC's, and will run the latest version of MBUX touchscreen software.

The AMG 43 model joins the two engines at launch, both four-cylinder petrol and diesel units; the petrols also use 48-volt mild-hybrid power.


Everything else you need to know about the Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes unveiled the facelifted version of its GLC off-roader earlier in 2019 – and like the last few facelifts, the updates are focused around technology with the outside differences staying small. But we’ll start with those exterior changes first.

Mercedes-Benz GLC at Geneva 2019

Exterior changes to the 2019 Mercedes GLC

Outside, there are extra lashings of chrome as standard, and a smartened grille and lights, which Mercedes says ‘ensure a strong off-road character.’ The overall design is a little more muscular and sporty-looking too, made more obvious by fetching matt graphite grey finish shown in these first official pictures.

As you’d expect, the AMG-Line models get a slightly more aggressive look front and rear, and all GLCs will now roll on 17- to 19-inch wheels.

Mercedes-Benz GLC at Geneva 2019 - rear view

And interior updates too

Inside, the GLC’s interior looks relatively unchanged and almost dated now – save for a new multifunction steering wheel as seen on the A-Class – but dig deeper and you’ll find the GLC now has Mercedes MBUX. That’s right, the excellent voice-operated infotainment system first seen on Merc’s premium level hatchback is actually filtering its way up to the rest of the range.

That’s no bad thing, and means you now get the same sophisticated swappable, clickable and generally tactile touchpad as the premium hatch. You’ll also be able to trigger voice control functionality with the ‘Hey Mercedes’ command, and more advanced gesture control is also on offer.

Mercedes-Benz GLC interior

Unfortunately,  the GLC comes with the same swathe of screens as its smaller hatchback sibling, but the MBUX UI looks good enough on the single screen pictured. The instrument cluster is also digital and therefore customisable, but you won’t get the same ‘widescreen iPad’ feel as the A-Class.  

Tech to help you drive

Not all the new technology is about infotainment, though. Adaptive cruise control is present in the form of Active Distance Assist and Active Steer Assist, while safety systems such as collision avoidance, active lane change assist and route-based speed speed adjustment are also available.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

New engines

The GLC gets a refreshed engine line-up to bring it in line with the rest of the range, and that means new petrol and diesel lumps – with the former getting a sprinkle of hybrid power. While all engines will benefit with increased power and lower fuel consumption, Mercedes says the four-cylinder petrol units get a 48-volt onboard electrical system with a belt-driven starter motor for the full mild hybrid effect.

GLC 200
4MATIC

GLC 300 
4MATIC

GLC 200d
4MATIC

GLC 220d
4MATIC

GLC 300d
4MATIC

Cylinders/arrangement

4/inline

4/inline

4/inline

4/inline

4/inline

Output combustion engine (bhp)

197

258

163

194

245

Output of electric motor (kW)

10 10

-

-

-

Peak torque (combustion engine, lb ft)

207

273

266

295

369

Peak torque (electric motor, lb ft)

111

111

-

-

-

Fuel consumption, combined mpg

38.2-39.8

38.2-39.8

51.4-54.3

51.4-54.3

48.7

CO2 emissions (g/km)

169-161

169-161

145-137

145-137

153-151

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Mercedes-Benz GLC

And the price of the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

We’ll update this article when we get prices and release details for the slightly fresher 2019 model year GLC.

Keep up to date with all the news from the Geneva motor show in our guide below.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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