All New Mercedes AMG GLC Performance SUV

All New Mercedes AMG GLC Performance SUV

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The Mercedes-AMG GLC SUV is an absolute success with our customers. Our two versions with different characters for the sporty-urban lifestyle are superior all-rounders and precisely tailored to individual customer wishes. With the E PERFORMANCE drive in the GLC 63 S, we are also launching the first performance hybrid SUV. The all-wheel-drive system, the active rear-axle steering and the quick-shifting transmission enhance the emotionally.

In the GLC 43, the AMG M139l 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with electric exhaust gas turbocharger produces 416 hp and has an additional boost of 13 hp via the belt-driven starter-generator at lower engine speeds. The standard rear-axle steering, AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution, AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch and AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with Adaptive Damping System also contribute to the dynamic driving experience.

The hybrid powertrain exclusive to Mercedes-AMG in the GLC 63 S E PERFORMANCE is a technical masterpiece. It combines the AMG M139l 2.0-liter turbo engine with an Electric Drive Unit (EDU) on the rear axle to deliver a 671 hp combined system output and 752 lb-ft combined system torque. The immediate response of the electric drive on the rear axle, fast torque build-up and rapid power delivery contribute to the vehicle’s outstanding performance. In addition to the impressive total power output, the independent hybrid layout also ensures a balanced weight distribution – benefiting driving dynamics and handling in equal measure.

Innovative technology helps the 2.0-liter engine in the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 to achieve an output of 416 hp at 6,750 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. Depending on the situation, the system also briefly provides an additional boost of 13 hp by the belt-driven starter generator (RSG). The second-generation RSG acts as a mild hybrid, providing this temporary boost of power as well as functions such as gliding and recuperation to maximize efficiency. With this 48-volt technology, the transitions between the start/stop function and the gliding function are almost imperceptible.

The GLC 43 accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The steering layout of the Mercedes-AMG GLC models contributes equally to the increase in dynamics and comfort. The three-stage AMG speed-sensitive steering system features a variable steering geometry ratio that adapts to the selected drive program. At high speeds, the steering power assistance decreases; at low speeds it is steadily increased. As a result, comparatively little steering effort is required at low speeds, as well as when maneuvering and parking, while the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained when driving at speed. In the “Sport” and “Sport+” suspension settings, the steering wheel also provides significantly more feedback to the driver.

Active rear-axle steering is also equipped standard. It operates with a maximum steering angle of 2.5°. Up to this point, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels at speeds of up to 62 mph variable depending on the AMG DYNAMICS setting. This virtually shortens the wheelbase, which in turn results in significantly more agile turn-in, less steering effort and improved maneuverability. For example, the turning circle is noticeably reduced when turning or parking. At speeds above 62 mph (variable depending on the AMG DYNAMICS setting), the rear wheels turn in parallel to the front wheels – up to a maximum of 0.7°. This virtual extension of the wheelbase has a positive effect on driving stability, leads to a faster build-up of lateral force when changing direction, allowing the vehicle to respond more directly to steering commands. The response of the rear-axle steering depends on the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode.

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