Up until now, we’ve seen the two extremes of the GLC range – the base-model GLC300 and the V8-powered bomb from AMG, the GLC 63 - get revised for 2020. This week Mercedes completes the circle with details regarding the middle child of the lineup, the GLC 43.
Like its siblings, the 43 gets revised styling for the 2020 model year, right on schedule as the last big revision dates back to 2016. The GLC 43 is recognizable by its vertical slats on the grille, a visual touch unique to AMG. The oversized lower part of the grille is in line with those on other GLC models. The front spoiler and rear diffuser have been made larger for 2020 as well.
Inside is dominated by twin giants: a 12.3-inch screen for the instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch screen for the multimedia system. The latter can be accessed via touch commands or by using the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system’s voice recognition function.
Mechanically, the 3.0L V6 turbo that powers the model gets bigger turbochargers. This and other adjustments made to the engine bloc bring up the output up to 385 hp, an increase of 23 (torque remains unchanged at 384 lb-ft of torque). All of that force is managed by a 9-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-biased all-wheel drive. The manufacturer promises a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 4.9 seconds.
The new 2020 GLC 43 will be available commercially as of this fall. We are still awaiting confirmation regarding pricing for Canada. We do know that in the U.S. staritng price has gone up by $2,500 USD in comparison with the outgoing model.
The Canadian base price for the GLC 43 in 2019 is $62,200.