By Mike Torpey on 2016-03-17 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
new SUV scene
AN AMG model is being offered in the mid-size SUV arena for the first time in the shape of the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC.
Powered by a fiery 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine developing 367bhp, the newcomer comes with 9G-TRONIC auto transmission with shortened shift times plus rear biased all-wheel drive and specially tuned sports suspension.
Mercedes says the multiple downshift allows for faster short bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in the Sport and Sport Plus modes makes for a more emotive driving experience.
The same powerplant is used in several AMG performance models and is the only six-cylinder variant available in the GLC.
It can scorch from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and has an electronically governed top speed of 155mph.
More muscular styling comes via silver chrome coloured and high-gloss black features like the twin-spoke alloy wheels, rear apron, BITURBO 4MATIC lettering and double tail pipes.
Inside there are black leather seats and upholstery along with a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel with red stitching.
Mecedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers said: "The new SUV from Affalterbach marks the pinnacle of the GLC product range and in the AMG portfolio it closes the gap between the GLA and GLE."
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