What’s M for the BMW, RS for the Audi that’s AMG for the Mercedes. AMG will always try to push numbers further, but in this case, 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC gets a bigger engine. Of course, this isn’t the only new feature. There are revisions inside and out. Those are of course needed since this model really has a tough competition. While we won’t name all of them (since it would take a considerate amount of time), some of them that are worth mentioning are Porsche Macan, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and SQ5, Lexus RX, and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC – No More V6, Even Better
Let’s get down to business. We know that AMG GLC43 currently comes with 3.0-liter twin turbo V6. This engine produces 362 horsepower. With it, the GLC accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds which is amazing for a vehicle this big. Nine-speed automatic transmission (9G-Tronic) will stay, but it will be connected to a different engine. To move up the scale 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC will have two more cylinders. So instead of V6, we’ll have a 4.0-liter V8 and like the V6, it will also be a twin turbo engine. It will produce 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Amongst competitors, only Porsche Macan and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio come with above 400 horsepower mark.
That’s not even all. The coupe version of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC will arrive with the same engine but with even higher output digits, 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. With new engine also comes fewer seconds to reach 60 mph and Mercedes estimates that number will be 3.9. With 107 horsepower more, we don’t think that should be a problem. The Mercedes’ AWD system the 4MATIC comes as standard.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC – Interior And Exterior Updates
Other changes come in form of Panamericana grille. In addition flared fenders, rear diffuser, and quad exhaust pipes really make an aggressive appearance. Of course, there are also 20-inch wheels to further complement the visual and performance features. We might expect that in luxury vehicle LED headlight and rear lights come as standard, but in this model, they will remain as an optional feature for $850 extra. On the inside, there is more use of faux-suede upholstery, plenty more aluminum details on the dashboard as well as control specific for the AMG such as drive selector. While talking about the drive there are five modes, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Individual where the driver can choose in which way the vehicle will behave. Driving of this luxury SUV should be more precise and enjoyable since engineers also spent a plentiful amount of time to comprehensively upgrade the chassis.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC – Release Date And Price
The new model will be available in early 2018. Information about pricing isn’t available, but we think with all took into consideration that 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC will start around $70.000.