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Mercedes-Benz have thrown their hat into the performance mid-size SUV model series ring courtesy of its new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC.

The 270 kW 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, the automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC with shortened shift times and the AMG performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive configured with a rear bias, form the basis for an especially dynamic on-road driving experience.

The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine is used in numerous AMG performance models and is the only six-cylinder variant available in the GLC. It delivers 270 kW maximum output plus a maximum torque of 520 newton metres. The GLC 43 4MATIC sprints from rest to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and its speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h.

The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC celebrates its world premiere in March 2016 at the New York International Auto Show, and sales release is on 4 April, with market launch beginning in June 2016.

Performance roadster from Mercedes-AMG

With its maximum power of 270 kW and peak torque of 520 newton metres, the 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine can deliver impressive performance: sprinting from rest to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, its top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. The key factors behind the snappy, agile roadster driving experience are the newly developed front and rear axles, new engine/rear-axle gear unit mountings, stiff elastokinematics and highly precise steering.

The new SLC 43 offers even further scope for sportiness and individualisation with a selected range of further options, such as the Handling package, which comes with features designed to support an ambitious driving style on the racing circuit.

They also include the mechanical rear-axle limited-slip differential and an additional engine radiator at the front.
The vehicle’s proximity to motorsport is visually underscored by red-painted brake callipers, a Performance steering wheel in nappa leather with DINAMICA microfibre in the grip area and red topstitching, and an analogue clock in IWC design.

Other options include the LED Intelligent Light System with brand-typical ‘eyebrows’, several 18-inch wheel/tyre combinations, exclusive designo paint finishes, various leather upholstery options, the COMAND Online infotainment and communications system and the Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound system, as well as ambience lighting in solar red, polar blue or polar white.

The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is priced at R1 037 400.

In other motoring related news, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently launched Alfa Romeo’s newest D-Segment offering, the Giulia and Giulia QV, in South Africa.