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Mercedes-AMG heaps on more performance frosting with GLC43

This is Mercedes' first time offering an AMG badge on this vehicle, formerly known as the GLK-Class.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43
In fact, we could have copied the C43 Coupe story, quickly replaced the names, and you'd have been none the wiser. The cars are just that similar.

When it was called the GLK-Class, Mercedes chose not to give it a high-performance AMG trim. Now that this compact crossover has been redesigned and renamed the GLC-Class, that decision has been reversed, and the result is the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, debuting at the New York International Auto Show.

Meant to slot in above the base GLC300, the GLC43 follows the same formula that every other -43 has up to this point -- give it more power, slightly more aggressive looks and plenty of AMG badging. It's even got the same power output from its 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine as two other models -- 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

Whereas the GLC300 is available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive flavors, the GLC43 is AWD-only. Its 4Matic system even shares the same rear bias as the C43 Coupe -- 31 percent front, 69 percent rear (heh). Adjustable sport-tuned air suspension is also standard on the GLC43 -- just like it is on the E43.

It's not an unattractive car -- quite the opposite, in fact.


AMG-specific bits abound, inside and out. It's got larger inlets and a "diamond" style grille up front, quad tailpipes out back, AMG-specific wheels, larger brakes, a sportier steering wheel and other AMG-specific interior elements. Just like -- you guessed it -- every other -43.

Mercedes' decision to shoehorn this motor into anything with a three-pointed star is commendable, but it's all starting to melt together into one congealed mass. It's almost like I've written damn near the same story already. Oh, wait, I have. Thrice. Over the course of a single winter. At least the E43 had a different horsepower figure.