ATLANTA — The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, the first midsize SUV from the German automaker's AMG performance division, debuted on Wednesday ahead of next week's formal debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
Formal pricing was not announced, but buyers should expect to pay around $50,000.
In comparison, the base 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 with rear-wheel drive starts at $39,875, including a $925 destination charge. The 2016 GLC300 4Matic with four-wheel drive is priced at $41,875, including shipping.
Buyers who upgrade to the AMG GLC43 will get bragging rights to some impressive performance numbers.
The AMG GLC43 churns out 362 horsepower from its biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine, a 121-hp increase compared to the base 2016 GLC300.
Torque is pegged at 384 pound-feet in the AMG GLC43, compared to 273 lb-ft of torque in the base model.
The AMG GLC43 sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard across the GLC-Class lineup.
Mercedes-Benz did not provide fuel economy estimates on the AMG GLC43.
Exterior cues include silver chrome-colored and high-gloss black trim. The cabin features a multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather, sport seats and dials in a checkered-flag look.
Standard equipment includes an AMG Ride Control Sport suspension, all-wheel drive, a rearview camera, 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, power tailgate and a 7-inch color display.
Optional equipment includes performance seats, carbon-fiber trim and 21-inch wheels in a bi-color design.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class replaces the former GLK-Class in the lineup. The AMG "43" models are considered to be the middle sport line between conventional Mercedes-Benz models and the full-blown AMG models with the "63" designation.
Edmunds says: This hot version of the GLC-Class promises to be a major showroom draw for car shoppers who value performance and practicality.