By Asian Journal Auto Editor
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is the prestige German brands five –seater, mid-sized crossover-4×4 and arrives in a number of different models. The GLC replaced the old square rigger GLK back in 2016, and has become a firm seller for the marque in recent years. For 2020, it’s not a full redesign for the GLC, but there are some changes outside such as new LED lights front and back, a redesigned grille, and revisions inside that add new technology and improvements in using the multimedia system. The entry and mid-level GLCs come with a turbocharged 2 liter engine with four-wheel drive 4Matic hooked to an 8- speed gear box. There are of course more aggressively tuned AMG tuned models, offering more power and performance should you be inclined. The two performance versions: the V8 GLC 63, and the V6 GLC 43. Are h excellently equipped sport SUVs.
The base model features a revised 2.0 -liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that produces 244 horsepower (with an increase of 14 hp from 2019) The AMG kitted GLC 43 has a twin-turbo V6 producing 385horsepower, while the all out GLC 63 has the killer 4.0L twin-turbo V8, with between 469 horsepower to 510 depending on engine tuning state. The AMG version’s also sport different grilles, bigger wheels and quad-tipped exhaust systems with Sport and Sport Plus modes that can alter the exhaust frequency and sound. Interior’s also get the AMG treatment with: upgrade leather trim and sports seats. Our tester came with cool red leather seats and the carbon fibre trimmed center dash console.
Want more numbers? The GLC 43’s 3.0-liter V-6 offers 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, while the GLC 63’s 4.0-liter V-8 produces a phenomenal 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That’s not all! The rare AMG 63 S models offers the V-8 engine tuned to deliver 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque!
Cabin wise, the GLC 63 is inviting and comfortable with lots of space, both front and rear. In typical Mercedes – Benz style, the driver ergonomics are faultless with easy-to-reach controls, comfortable seats and plenty of leg, head and shoulder room. A nice chunky steering wheel, a wonderfully detailed dash and fine mix of leather, brightwork, chrome and wood trim are well executed. We had the AMG Carbon fibre trim that looked fabulous. Rear cabins are also trimmed to the same standard with plenty of room. The rear trunk offers 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space – increased to 56.5 cubes if you fold the rear seats down with a push of a button. The tailgate also opens and closes electrically.
Our tester came with a slew of options – including: AMG driver’s package, AMG night package, intelligent drive package. Premium package, Technology package, AMG carbon fibre trim package, a head up display and a host of other options that stretched the price from a base $66,400 to $84,990 plus freight and taxes.
Inside, the highlight is the Mercedes Benz MBUX interface – a voice activated assistant system that with simple ‘Hey Mercedes’ followed by your question or command can control and adjust the vehicles features or find information. The clear bright central touchscreen features an easy to navigate infotainment system and can be operated via the touchscreen, rotary control and steering wheel controls, and is fully compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Standard safety tech includes blind spot assist, active brake assist, attention assist, rear door child safety locks, and more. Newly included in the active safety suite this year is active lane-change assist.
On the road, the GLC 43 handles incredibly well. There is the excellent 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which transmits power as needed and redirects traction, resulting in amazing grip. The tighter suspension offers better handling and steering, allowing the GLC 43 to sail through fast corners, without upsetting its composure. The eight-speed automatic is refined, smooth and allows for fast acceleration when needed. The GLC 43 feels peppy to drive with stable, no drama handling. It feels agile, yet not jittery with its firm, comfortable suspension. A high ride height, great visibility make the everyday driving experience pleasant and entertaining. Not a lot to complain about. It is priced well in base form, but options start increasing the price substantially (Not that will deter M-B buyers!) Overall, the GLC 43is a great choice if you are in the market for a small performance enhanced SUV, The ‘MBUX’ infotainment system is amongst the best voice controlled setups I have ever encountered – so well done on that Mercedes Benz!, Luxurious, smooth, and effortless, the GLC -43 is a wonderful to own and drive performance SUV.
2020 Mercedes – Benz GLC 43 priced from: $64,400 plus options fees and taxes
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