2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 First Drive

With a perfect mix of practicality and power, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 looks like a vehicle squarely aimed at dominating the crossover SUV segment. While sporting an even sleeker body, this SUV from Mercedes also sets a new standard for interior design and brings plenty of performance too.

Surprisingly enough, even though the 2017 edition was already among the best of its class, the German automaker has nevertheless opted to upgrade its flagship SUV even further. As a result, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 looks more than capable of easily challenging its competition, which comes in the form of the Porsche Macan and the Jaguar F-Pace.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 front view

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 – Exterior Look, Design, and Updates

The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is a beautiful vehicle, there is no doubt about that. It is also quite big, but not in a bad way. Instead of looking clunky, oversized or ponderous, this SUV looks solid and menacing. This overall look is substantially reinforced, thanks to a slightly revised design language. Whereas the previous iterations were distinguished by a rather crisp styling, the 2018 edition features a more subtle approach.

However, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 still preserves an abundance of soft lines and smooth curves. It give the vehicle a sporty and exciting feel. Simply put, at times, the GLC43 looks like an SUV version of the sleek S-Class. The German engineers have remodeled the front grille, added a set of sleeker headlights, and reworked the front and rear bumpers. Last, but not least, there are also 20-inch alloy wheels on the sides, as well as matte-paint finishes as well.

Features and Tech

Inside, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is all about class and luxury. Of course, there is an exceptional amount of cargo space as well. Given that this is a Mercedes vehicle, it is not that surprising it offers a sense of class matched only by a few of its competitors. Its cabin features an abundance of high-quality materials, from natural leather and exotic wood to chrome.

There is also a good amount of less stylish but still highly durable materials and elements. As we’ve mentioned above, the GLC43 is a big vehicle, even bigger than the previous models. This size translates into an abundance of legroom and headroom, as well as over 56 cubic feet of cargo space with folded rear seats.

As far as the tech is concerned, we can expect nothing but high-end gadgetry. These will include the COMMAND navigation system, a premium sound system, automatic climate control, a satellite radio, and a bevy of advanced safety systems.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 interior

V6 Engine with output of 362 HP

Under the hood, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 will draw power from a single engine variant. This is going to be a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6. This engine is capable of outputting 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Its EPA is rated at 18/24 mpg.

From 0 to 62 mph it accelerates in less than 5 seconds. The top speed is around 150 mph. The Mercedes has opted to couple the engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 side

Production and Price of theĀ 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43

The latest 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is expected to start rolling off the production lines in late 2017. Its initial price will most likely be around $56.000.

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