Mercedes-Benz unveils hot facelifted GLC 43 SUV variants

Mercedes-Benz unveils hot facelifted GLC 43 SUV variants

The GLC 43 sits between the standard GLC and the monstrous GLC 63 models.

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the updated versions of its mid-range GLC 43 models.

Following on from the unveil of the facelifted GLC and GLC Coupe, Mercedes-AMG has now worked its magic on the updated ‘43’ variants.

The highlight here is what’s under the bonnet – an upgraded 3.0-litre V6 biturbo petrol engine. It has been tweaked to produce 385bhp and 520Nm, an increase of 23bhp over the pre-facelift car. The unit comes paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which sends its power to all four wheels. This means that 0-60mph takes just 4.7 seconds, with the GLC reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

Drivers are able to switch between modes such as ‘Slippery’, ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport+’, depending on preference and how much performance is needed.

The ‘43’ models benefit from the same tweaks the standard GLC received earlier in the year through an updated look and the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system.

But these models also benefit from their own revised styling, thanks to an updated radiator grille, flatter LED headlights and matte black accents. At the rear, the 43 comes with a diffuser, four chrome tailpipes and redesigned LED lights.

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The cabin comes with sports seats as standard, which are trimmed in faux leather and feature red stitching. An Alcantara AMG steering wheel aims to give the GLC a sportier feel for the driver, with optional steering wheel buttons available to tap in to the 43’s performance credentials.

Alongside the standard GLC 43, Mercedes also offers the model in a ‘Coupe’ form, which is essentially a swoopier, more stylish version that commands a slight price increase.

First deliveries are expected later in the year, with models likely to start from just over £50,000. Full pricing will be confirmed at a later date.

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