The new, mid-spec AMG SUV will be arriving locally at the start of 2020 with more power and more technology.
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The facelifted Mercedes-AMG GLC43, a rival to the BMW X3 and X4 M40i, has been unveiled in both wagon and Coupe forms ahead of its Australian arrival early in 2020.

Like the wider GLC range, the AMG 43 has been treated to an iterative new look, with slightly squarer headlights and revised air intakes up front, The 'splitter' element is finished in chrome, along with the rear 'diffuser' element and side skirts, while the car rides on new alloy wheels for 2019.

Down back, the tail-lights have been brought into line with the new GLE and GLS, and there are minor detail changes to the bootlid and bumpers. So far, so normal.

Under the skin, power still comes from a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, but peak power has been boosted from 270kW to 287kW. The same 520Nm of torque is on offer between 2500 and 6000rpm, while the grunt is put to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The 100km/h sprint is dispatched in 4.9 seconds, and you'll be doing an electrically-limited 250km/h at full speed. Those who want more go have the option of a full-on 375kW GLC63 S with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, of course.

One of the biggest changes between the new GLC and its predecessor is the MBUX infotainment system. It isn't neatly integrated into a flat, one-piece display like the E- and A-Class systems, but the GLC gets the same dual-screen setup and natural voice controls as its high-tech siblings.

It even gets the same clever augmented reality navigation system as the A-Class, offering video game-style arrow overlays on the road through its head-up display.

Away from the technology, the new GLC43 gains a new AMG steering wheel with touch controls on the spokes and a rotating mode dial. A range of new trim options, including red/black and black/grey leather, have been added to the options list.

Australia

Local pricing and specs haven't been announced for the GLC43, but Mercedes-AMG has confirmed it'll arrive early in 2020.

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