Mercedes-Benz will close the gap between high-performance versions of the GLA and GLE SUVs with a new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
The new performance SUV is the first mid-size SUV to get the full AMG treatment, and will go on sale shortly after NYIAS 2016 in April, with deliveries beginning in June.
Using the familiar AMG-tuned 3.0-litre biturbo V6, the GLC 43 produces 367hp and 381lb-ft of torque, good for 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a restricted top speed of 155mph.
It emits 189g/km CO2 and averages 34.0mpg.
AMG has been busy beneath the surface, tuning the ABC air suspension, honing front and rear axle kinematics and developing stiffer new front axle knuckles. There are enlarged AMG brakes and 19-inch wheels as standard (they can go up to 21-inches).
The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is retained, but given an enthusiastic-sounding 69% rearwards bias; a nine-speed automatic controls the power and also gains a new AMG-developed double-decluching function during downshifts.
Visually, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is a subtle machine. None of the extrovertness of the big-winged Mercedes-AMG GLA 43 here. AMG changes are focused on new front and rear aprons, meatier exhausts and a sports makeover inside.
Saying that, the high-back sports seats look rather fantastic. And, satisfyingly, this is an SUV in which you can get red seatbelts.