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September 21, 2022 – Affalterbach
The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE is a real game-changer in the 55-year history of AMG. With know-how from Formula 1™, it brings state-of-the-art technologies from motorsport to the road. A two-speed electric motor positioned on the rear axle supports the 2.0-litre turbo engine that is mounted longitudinally at the front. This is the most powerful production four-cylinder in the world. Power delivery and torque build-up occur very spontaneously and without delay: as in Formula 1™, the electric support of the exhaust gas turbocharger eliminates the turbo lag of the combustion engine, while at the same time the electric drive pushes powerfully from a standstill. The electric powertrain and the high-performance battery with 400 volts are AMG-exclusive, in-house developments. They underline the high-end engineering competence of the Affalterbach-based developers. Just like in Formula 1™, the battery is specifically designed for fast power output and draw with innovative direct cooling of the cells. The combined system output is 500 kW (671 hp), the combined maximum system torque 752 lb-ft. These are new benchmarks for the C-Class.
For the first time in a C 63, the fully variable all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC+ transfers the drive power to the road and includes drift mode for even more driving pleasure. Added to this is the standard-fit active rear axle steering, another unique feature in this segment.
“With the C 63 S E PERFORMANCE, we are opening a new chapter in our brand history. Even 55 years after our company was founded, we at AMG continue to show the courage and the will to realise the creative, the special things. The new C 63 in particular is a real game-changer. With its revolutionary concept, it brings a completely new approach to the segment, which until now has been primarily characterised by the promise of pure performance. With a maximum system output of 671 hp, we do indeed keep this promise. But the intelligent P3 hybrid concept offers much more. I am sure that with this technology, which incorporates a lot of know-how from Formula 1, we will also appeal to a new group of customers”, says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“With its performance hybrid drive and electrically assisted exhaust turbocharger, the new C 63 S E PERFORMANCE is a technological masterpiece that takes a new approach. The electrified powertrain offers a whole new driving experience. The immediate response of the electric drive at the rear axle, the rapid torque build-up as well as the fast power output and also draw of our battery are very special features. Add to this the standard-fit rear axle steering and the fully variable all-wheel drive with Drift Mode – the new C 63 once again illustrates the high level of technical expertise that AMG possesses”, says Jochen Hermann, Member of Executive Board – Chief Technical Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Expressive design with powerful proportions and striking details
Form follows function: the design of the new C 63 S differs from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in its more muscular proportions. The front end is 50 millimetres longer and the front fenders are wider. In terms of length, the Sedan measures an extra 83 millimetres. The wider track width at the front axle results in 76 millimetres more overall width at the front. And the wheelbase has grown by ten millimetres.
A new distinguishing feature, and one that is exclusive to the C 63 S, is the narrow air outlet in the centre of the hood that transitions elegantly into the two powerdomes. A small but particularly fine detail: for the first time ever on a Mercedes-AMG production model, a round badge with a black AMG emblem replaces the Mercedes star with laurel wreath on the hood. Further typical elements include the AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts and the AMG front apron in jet-wing design. Two electronically controlled AIR PANELS (behind the radiator grille and in the front apron) allow the air to be regulated as required.
Matching side skirts, the rear apron with large diffuser as well as the two trapezoidal, externally ribbed dual tailpipe trims round off the design. Exclusive details at the rear include the special airflow breakaway edge on the trunk lid, the plug-in charging flap and the model designation set against a red background. The C 63 S rolls on 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and mixed tires as standard. Optional 20-inch wheel/tire combinations, also with mixed tires, are available, including one new set of forged wheels.
Stylish interior, new generation of the AMG Performance seat
In the interior, AMG sports seats with special upholstery layout and a distinctive stitching pattern add to the refined impression. There are also many individual choices available for the interior. The completely redesigned second-generation AMG Performance seat is available as an option. Its special feature is the seat side bolsters with weight-saving openings that also allow better ventilation. The shape of the backrest tapers towards the bottom.
MBUX multimedia system with hybrid-specific displays
The MBUX infotainment system includes various AMG- and hybrid-specific displays and functions that can also be extensively personalized. These include special displays in the instrument cluster, on the portrait-orientation multimedia central display in the centre console and on the optional head-up display. The AMG-specific Supersport style is particularly impressive.
The AMG specific E PERFORMANCE hybrid drive: combustion engine in the front, electric motor in the rear
In the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is combined with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor, a high-performance battery developed in Affalterbach and fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. The system output of 500 kW (671 hp) and the maximum system torque of 752 lb-ft enable impressive driving performance: the Sedan accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.
The 150 kW (201 hp) electric motor is positioned at the rear axle, where it is integrated with an electrically shifted two-speed gearbox and the electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential in a compact electric drive unit (EDU). Experts refer to this layout as a P3 hybrid. The lightweight high-performance battery is also located in the rear above the rear axle.
This compact design has numerous advantages:
Inspired by Formula 1, developed in Affalterbach: the AMG high-performance battery
When the electrification strategy was being defined, it was clear from the outset that all essential components would be developed in Affalterbach. At the heart of this is the AMG high-performance battery (HPB). The development of the lithium-ion energy storage system is inspired by technologies that have already been proven in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s Formula 1 hybrid racing cars. The AMG high-performance battery combines high power that can be called up frequently in succession with low weight to increase the overall performance of the vehicle. Added to this are the fast energy draw and the high power density.
70 kW (94hp) continuous output and 150 kW (201hp) peak output
The high-performance battery offers a capacity of 6.1 kWh, a continuous output of 70 kW (94hp) and a peak output of 150 kW (201hp) for ten seconds. The low weight of only 89 kilograms helps to deliver the very high power density of 1.7 kW (2.3hp) per kg. Charging takes place via the installed 3.7 kW on-board charger with alternating current at a charging station, wallbox or household socket. The battery is designed for fast power delivery and draw, not for the longest possible range. Nevertheless, the electric range of 13 kilometres allows a practical operating radius, for example for quiet and emission-free driving from a residential area to the outskirts of the city or to the motorway.
The continual push for innovation: direct cooling of the battery cells
Every battery needs a defined temperature for optimum power delivery. The basis for the high performance of the AMG 400-volt battery is its innovative direct cooling system: a high-tech coolant flows around all 560 cells and cools them individually. The result is that the battery is always in a consistent, optimal operating temperature window, no matter how often it is charged or discharged. It may well be that the average temperature is exceeded when driving at high speeds. The protection mechanisms are therefore configured so that the maximum performance can be obtained from the battery, with the temperature level subsequently lowered by direct cooling.
Operating strategy: electrical power always available
The basic operating strategy is derived from the hybrid powerpack of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1™ racing car. As in the premier class of motor sport, maximum power is always available when the driver calls it up by kick-down – for example, to accelerate powerfully out of bends or when overtaking. The electric power can always be called up and frequently reproduced via high recuperation performance and needs-based recharging.
Eight AMG drive programs
The eight AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs “Electric”, “Comfort”, “Battery Hold”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “RACE”, “Slippery” and “Individual” are precisely tailored to the new drive technology and thus offer a wide range of driving experiences – from efficient to dynamic. The drive programs adjust important parameters such as the response of the drive system and transmission, the steering characteristics, the suspension damping or the sound. The boost power of the electric motor also depends on the selected drive program. The peak output of the electric motor with a boost of 150 kW (201hp) can be called up at any time via the kick-down function.
New sound experience in all driving conditions: electric, hybrid and internal combustion engine
When driving on all-electric power, the legally required Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System warns the surroundings that the Performance hybrid is approaching. A specially composed, low-frequency and speed-modulated AMG sound is emitted to the outside via a loudspeaker at the front and a soundbar with two loudspeakers at the rear.
In addition, the AMG developers also use the external speakers for a more advanced sound experience. For this purpose, they pick up the real sound of the combustion engine via a pressure sensor in the exhaust system and enrich it further before it is emitted in the interior via the entertainment sound system, thus making it possible to experience the typical AMG sound at first hand. In addition, the sound is modulated via the existing external loudspeakers as well.
Recuperation selectable in four stages
Because the high-performance battery is always in the optimum temperature window of around 45 degrees due to direct cooling, recuperation can also be optimised. Normally, a battery heats up strongly at a high recuperation rate so the energy recovery level needs to be limited. Recuperation starts when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator pedal, i.e. in overrun mode without touching the brake pedal. The driver can select four different levels of recuperation using the right-hand AMG steering wheel button, with the energy recovery being designed differently according to the driving mode.
AMG 2.0-litre engine with electrically assisted exhaust gas turbocharger
The AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine was developed entirely at the company’s headquarters in Affalterbach. Experienced technicians produce it in hand-built quality according to the “One Man, One Engine” principle. In doing so, Mercedes-AMG combines the craftsmanship of its highly qualified employees with the modern production methods of Industry 4.0 and a high degree of digitisation.
The engine, with the internal designation M139l, is the world’s first production engine to be turbocharged with an electric exhaust gas turbocharger. This innovative system is derived directly from the technology that the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team has been using so successfully in the premier class of motorsport for many years. The new form of turbocharging guarantees particularly spontaneous response across the entire rev range. This leads to an even more dynamic driving experience, while at the same time increasing efficiency. Compared to its C 43 4MATIC sibling, however, the turbocharger in the C 63 S is significantly larger. This enables a higher airflow rate and thus more power. In addition, the integrated electric motor is powered by the 400-volt high-voltage system (48 volts in the C 43).
In the C 63 S, the four-cylinder unit produces 350 kW (469 hp) at 6725 rpm. This makes it the most powerful series-produced four-cylinder in the world. The maximum torque of 402 lb-ft is available at 5250 rpm. A belt-driven starter-alternator (RSG) combines the alternator and starter in one component and is integrated into the 400-volt high-voltage system. The RSG starts the combustion engine and ensures the basic supply of the ancillary components such as air conditioning or driving lights.
Power is transmitted via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission (MCT = Multi-Clutch Transmission), in which a wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. It reduces weight and, thanks to its lower inertia, optimises response to accelerator pedal input, especially during spurts and load changes.
AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with Adaptive Damping System
The standard AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension with Adaptive Damping System combines sporty driving dynamics with a high level of long-distance comfort. The basis for this is provided by the front axle with specially developed steering knuckles and supporting joints for the spring link, as well as by the rear axle, which also features elastokinematics designed for dynamic handling. Based on this, the damping at each individual wheel is continuously adjusted to the current demand – always taking into account the preselected suspension level, the driving style and the condition of the road surface. In addition to an improvement in ride quality and comfort, this leads, above all, to an increase in driving safety. There is a choice of three different damping maps (“Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+”).
Rear axle steering combines agility with stability
The standard rear axle steering operates with a maximum steering angle of 2.5 degrees. Up to this point, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels at speeds of up to 100 km/h (variable depending on the AMG DYNAMICS setting). This leads to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase, which in turn results in significantly more agile turn-in, less steering effort and improved manoeuvrability. At speeds above 100 km/h (variable depending on the AMG DYNAMICS setting), on the other hand, the rear wheels turn in parallel to the front wheels – up to a maximum of 0.7 degrees. 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 and thus to a more direct reaction of the vehicle to steering commands.
Good control and fade-resistant: the AMG high-performance composite brake system
In keeping with the extreme output figures and the associated performance, the AMG high-performance composite brake system with 6-piston fixed callipers at the front and 1-piston floating callipers at the rear is fitted as standard. The brake system impresses with very short braking distances as well as maximum stability and fade-resistance under heavy use.
Technical data at a glance
|Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE|
|System output||500 kW (671 hp)|
|System torque1||752 lb-ft|
|Combustion engine||2.0-litre in-line/4 with electrically assisted exhaust gas turbocharging|
|Max. output, combustion engine||350 kW (469 hp) at 6725 rpm|
|Max. torque, combustion engine||402 lb-ft at 5250-5500 rpm|
|Max. output, electric motor||150 kW (201 hp)|
|Max. torque, electric motor||236 lb-ft|
|Drive system||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution and Drift Mode|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G|
|Energy capacity||6.1 kWh|
|Electric range2||13 km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3.4 s|
The EQE SUV is the multi-purpose variant of the EQE executive saloon, available just like this latter model with the key innovations of the EQS yet at the same time more dynamic than the EQS SUV. In terms of headroom and legroom, as well as elbow room, the five-seater EQE SUV is one of the most spacious representatives of its class. The EQE SUV celebrates its world premiere on 16 October 2022.
The EQE SUV is based on the large electric platform from Mercedes‑EQ. On top of this it boasts an interior that has been consistently digitalised. The optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen implements this to impressive effect. The entire instrument panel is one ultimate widescreen. The high-resolution screens merge seemingly seamlessly under a single glass cover.
The dominant outer vents have a turbine design. They deliberately play on the theme of hyperanalogue through the contrast between high-tech precision mechanics and digital, glass display world. The front section of the centre console joins the instrument panel and is free-standing in space. The vent band from the cockpit is visually continued in the front doors. A floating control cluster with integrated door opener and seat controls takes over the functional interpretation of formerly purely decorative elements.
Avantgarde as well as traditional materials and colours give the interior a special atmosphere. Five co-ordinated colour combinations underscore the generous sense of spaciousness. The EQE SUV is immersed in a progressive and luxurious world of colour comprising warm and cool tones (e.g. the warm, modern balao brown combines with technoid-looking neva grey and biscay blue/black).
A hybrid trim element brings together the warmth of wood with the technical coolness of real aluminium. The trim in an anthracite 3D relief-look finish, on the other hand, features fine metal pigments. The laser-cut trim element backlit with the Mercedes‑Benz pattern also creates a special ambience.
Modern, sporty luxury. The new GLC embodies this in every detail. It is the most dynamic model in the successful SUV family from Mercedes-Benz. Even at first glance, this is underlined by its design with unique proportions, dramatic surfaces, precisely moulded edges and a clearly laid-out, high-quality interior. It also impresses with its driving performance and efficiency. Canada will be offering the GLC 300 4MATIC, a mild-hybrid with 48 volt technology and an integrated starter-generator. The GLC is at home on any terrain: whether on or off the road, it impresses with its comfort and agility. Off the road, it scores with numerous features such as the standard 4MATIC, the off-road screen and the “transparent engine hood”.
“With the new GLC, we are continuing a success story into the future: Since its introduction, 2.6 million customers have decided in favour of a model in this popular SUV series. As the best-selling Mercedes-Benz model in the last two years, it is one of the most important vehicles in our product portfolio. I am confident that the new GLC with its combination of dynamic driving enjoyment, modern design and functions such as the off-road cockpit and our MBUX augmented reality navigation will thrill both adventurers and families,” says Britta Seeger, member of the Board of Management, Mercedes-Benz Group AG responsible for Sales.
The high standards of the new GLC are evident in every detail. For example, the latest generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system makes it even more digital and intelligent – both the hardware and software have made a major leap forward: Brilliant images in the driver and central display make it easy to control vehicle and comfort functions. Both LCD screens offer a holistic, aesthetically-pleasing experience with information presented in a structured and clear manner. The full-screen navigation gives the driver the best possible route guidance. MBUX Augmented Reality for navigation is available as an option. A camera registers the surroundings in front of the vehicle. The central display shows the moving images and also superimposes virtual objects, information and markers. These include, e.g. traffic signs, directional arrows, lane-change recommendations and house numbers. This can make navigation much easier, especially in urban areas.
The dialogue and learning ability of the “Hey, Mercedes” voice assistant is based on state-of-the-art algorithms; it increasingly adapts itself to the wishes and preferences of the user. Music streaming providers can be seamlessly integrated into MBUX, therefore customers can also enjoy their personalised music experience in the vehicle. The customer is kept fully and individually informed by the new “Newsflash” feature, which comes free of charge; on request, MBUX issues short news reports of up to two minutes in length. With the MBUX “Smart Home” function, the GLC becomes a mobile control centre for the home: temperature and lights, shutters and electrical appliances can be remotely monitored and controlled.
“The new GLC comes with all the attributes that make a Mercedes-Benz SUV what it is: uncompromising handling safety on the road, outstanding driving dynamics and superior performance when off-road,” is how Jörg Bartels, Head of Overall Vehicle Integration characterizes the new GLC. “With its high level of ride comfort and convincing overall acoustics, the GLC is a superb long-distance companion and great fun to drive. For SUV-specific applications, our superbly innovative “transparent engine hood” ensures enhanced awareness when driving off-road, for example. For towing operations, we have introduced an optimized route planning function and Trailer Manoeuvring Assist for the first time”.
Design: Sensual purity, intelligence and emotion
The new GLC is immediately recognizable as a member of the Mercedes-Benz SUV family. Standard equipment includes chrome window surrounds and a new, chrome look simulated underguard. This adds striking design features and enhances the unique proportions of the vehicle. One of the defining design highlights of the GLC is the redesigned front end, with headlamps that connect directly to the radiator grille to emphasise the vehicle’s width, and the new radiator grille, which now has a chrome surround and a sporty louvre in matte grey with chrome trim. The optional Sport and Night Packages feature a radiator grille with Mercedes-Benz pattern.
“The new GLC continues our design philosophy with its sensual purity, and like the entire SUV portfolio, exudes intelligence and emotion”, says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Mercedes-Benz AG. “With its beauty and exceptional flair, we have been able to create the modern luxury that is the hallmark of Mercedes- Benz.”
The body design is characterised by a full, spanned surface design enriched with precisely shaped edges in the sides. These emphasize the proportions, accentuate the muscular wheel arches and create a balance between elegance and off-road performance. Wheel arch liners in the vehicle colour are available for Sport and Night Packages for the first time. Also available as an optional extra are easy-entry running boards.
Other features of the sporty, confident appearance are the wide track and flush wheels in 19 to 20-inch size. Several of the wheels available not only feature a modern design with a high-sheen finish and bicolour surfaces, but are also aerodynamically optimised.
The new two-section rear lights have an interior with a three-dimensional look and emphasize the width of the rear end. This too has a simulated chrome underguard, which encases the simulated chrome-look tailpipes.
Interior: modern, sporty luxury
Welcome to the modern, sporty luxury of Mercedes-Benz: this is the message the interior of the new GLC already sends out in its standard configuration. The dashboard is clearly structured: the upper section has a wing-like profile with new, flattened round nozzles reminiscent of the engine nacelles of an aircraft. The lower section has a generous trim area that flows harmoniously into the curved centre console. The 12.3-inch (31.2 cm) high-resolution LCD screen in front of the driver appears to float freely before the wing profile and trim area. The 11.9-inch (30.2 cm) central display rises seamlessly and without joints from the centre console, and likewise appears to float above the trim area. Like the dashboard, the screen surface is slightly angled towards the driver.
The modern, highly reduced design of door panels frames both ends of the dashboard. The door centre panel with integrated armrest evolves from a vertical surface into a horizontal orientation. Reflecting the design of the centre console, the front section takes the form of a metallic high-tech element. It can be used as a grab or closing handle, and houses the power window controls. Another highlight is the floating control cluster, into which the door opener and seat adjustment controls are integrated.
The avant-garde seat design of the new GLC plays with layers and contoured surfaces, lending them visual lightness. The head restraints and their connection to the backrest with an enclosed cover have been redesigned. The new GLC is available with a leather-lined dashboard with nappa-look beltlines (optional). Some trim elements have innovative surfaces. These include new interpretations of open-pored veneers in brown tones, as well as an open-pored, black wood veneer featuring fine, form- following inlays in real aluminium.
Dimensional concept and practical details: great day-to-day operating convenience
The key dimensions of the new GLC emphasise the SUV’s even more dynamic and powerful appearance. With a length of 4716 mm, it is 60 mm longer and 4 mm lower than its predecessor. The track widths have been increased by 6 mm at the front (now 1627 mm) 23 mm at the rear (now: 1640 mm). The longer vehicle length benefits the wheelbase and the front and rear overhangs. The vehicle width has remained the same at 1890 mm.
The luggage capacity benefits from the larger rear overhang and has increased significantly to 600 litres (+ 50 litres compared to the preceding model). This is noticeable in day-to-day driving, also during holiday journeys with the family or for everyday transport requirements. The GLC has the EASY-PACK tailgate as standard. This opens or closes conveniently at the touch of a button: using the button on the ignition key, the switch in the driver’s door or the unlocking handle on the tailgate.
Improved aerodynamics: now Cd = 0.29
In its aerodynamically most favourable configuration, the minimal drag coefficient of the GLC is Cd = 0.29. This makes it two tenths better than its predecessor (Cd = 0.31) – a notable advance for an SUV with conventional drive. Optimization of the vehicle with respect to aerodynamic drag and wind noise was carried out with the help of extensive digital flow simulations (CFD – Computational Fluid Dynamics), as well as tests with real vehicles in the aeroacoustic wind tunnel.
The new GLC is a pleasantly quiet vehicle with a serene sound signature and low rolling and wind noise. This was achieved with acoustic optimisation of the bodyshell and sophisticated sound insulation. An acoustic membrane in the windscreen is standard equipment, for example. The optionally available, acoustically effective thermal insulation glass meets even higher comfort expectations.
The new GLC is available with a new panoramic sunroof as an optional extra. The lined cross-strut is slimmer than in the previous version, providing an almost uninterrupted view through the larger glass roof area. If required, the panoramic sunroof can be covered with a roller blind.
Standard equipment: significantly upgraded
Based on the luxury strategy of Mercedes-Benz, the standard equipment of the new GLC has been significantly upgraded and offers the customer a highly attractive vehicle right from the start. Popular features such as the large displays, smartphone integration, wireless charging and heated front seats are standard.
In addition, the packaging logic has been considerably simplified to reduce the effort of choosing from numerous individual options. Functional features that are frequently ordered together are now bundled into equipment packages on the basis of actual buyer behaviour. There are only very few functional options available beyond this. Where design options such as paint finish, upholstery, trim and wheels are concerned, our customers can configure their vehicles individually as before.
Engines: systematically electrified four-cylinder units
The new GLC is available only as a mild hybrid with 48 volt technology and an integrated starter-generator. The engine range has four-cylinder units from the current FAME (Family of Modular Engines) Mercedes-Benz engine family. Accordingly, the engine range plays a major role in the flexibility of the international production network, with needs-based electrification. The engines are mild-hybrid units which receive intelligent support in the low rev range from a second-generation integrated starter-generator (ISG).
The ISG already ensures excellent power delivery. The system includes the 48-volt electrical system, which enables functions such as “gliding”, boost or recuperation and thus significant fuel savings. In addition, the engines start very quickly and comfortably with the help of the ISG, so that the start-stop function is almost imperceptible to the driver, as is the transition from “gliding” with the engine stationary to powerful propulsion with engine power. When idling, the intelligent interaction between the ISG and the combustion engine ensures outstandingly smooth running.
Suspension: Agility and safety
Key components of the GLC’s dynamically designed suspension system are a new four-link suspension at the front and a multi-link independent rear suspension mounted to a subframe. The standard suspension already provides a high level of suspension, ride and noise comfort, agile handling and driving enjoyment. It is equipped with an amplitude-dependent damping system.
Latest assistance systems: Supporting the driver
The latest generation of the Intelligent Drive package contains additional and further improved functions. These reduce driver workload in day-to-day situations, for more comfortable and safe driving. When danger threatens, the assistance systems are able to respond to impending collisions as the situation demands. Several advanced features can make driving even safer. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, for example, can now react to stationary vehicles on the road at speeds of up to 100 km/h (previously 60 km/h). One of the new features of Active Steering Assist is lane detection with an additional 360-degree camera, which particularly offers advantages at low speeds.
Sophisticated parking systems: Support during slow manoeuvres
Thanks to more powerful environment sensors, the parking systems can better support the driver when manoeuvring, thus improving safety and comfort. Integration into MBUX makes operation more intuitive and is supported by the visual display. Emergency braking functions also serve to protect other road users, and can increase road safety.
The new 360-degree camera and the functions of Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC are available as an optional extra. The camera offers the best possible all-round visibility and facilitates the parking process, among other things by assisted parking and unparking. The central display clearly shows the direct vehicle surroundings during the parking or manoeuvring process. The display is composed of four individual camera images from the front, rear and both sides of the vehicle, and includes a virtual bird’s eye view. In addition, the display shows different viewing angles such as front, rear or trailer mode. The driver at the wheel decides whether to park manually or hand control over to Active Parking Assist.
DIGITAL LIGHT: Extremely powerful
The new GLC has LED High Performance headlamps as standard. DIGITAL LIGHT is available as an optional extra. This revolutionary headlamp technology with its dynamics and precision creates almost unlimited possibilities for high-resolution and targeted light distribution according to the local conditions. The result is excellent visibility for the driver without impairing that of other road users.
Off-road with the GLC
As before, the new GLC has also been explicitly designed for off-road driving, and is prepared for this use with several new features and systems. Standard equipment includes an off-road driving mode and DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation). In off-road mode, the GLC with 360-degree camera offers a “transparent engine hood”: The central display shows a virtual view under the front of the vehicle, including the front wheels and their steering position. This is extremely helpful; it enables the driver to recognize obstacles such as large stones or deep potholes in his/her path at an early stage.
The new off-road screen uses both displays for clearly arranged information, controls and functions. Among other things, the driver’s display shows, inclination, gradient, topographical altitude, geo-coordinates and a compass, as well as road speed and engine speed when operating with an internal combustion engine. The central display additionally shows e.g. the current position of the SUV in the terrain as well as the steering angle of the front wheels. All the driving functions relevant for off-road operation can be controlled very easily on one screen.
Trailer menu and towing route planner
The GLC is a popular towing vehicle, and the new edition is specifically designed for this purpose. The towing route planner for the navigation system is a new feature: in the central display, routes can be planned that are suitable for driving with the previously defined trailer. In doing so, it takes into account e.g. passage widths and passage heights. The trailer to be used is defined via the trailer menu in MBUX. As soon as the electrical connection exists, the system inquires about the intended use of the trailer coupling: Is it a small trailer? Or something larger, such as a caravan or horsebox? The towing route planner takes the information into account. The aim of these and numerous further advanced functions for operation as a towing vehicle is to make towing as safe and pleasant as possible. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive provides outstanding traction on any surface.
The enhanced Trailer Manoeuvring Assist (optional) in the new GLC SUV makes manoeuvring with a trailer even easier, more comfortable and safer. The system automatically regulates the steering angle of the towing vehicle up to a speed of 5 km/h and an uphill gradient of up to 15 percent. It is also integrated into MBUX and can be operated intuitively. In addition to stabilising the combination when reversing, the system can for the first time also guide it around freely selectable bends of up to 90 degrees. The steering of the towing vehicle is operated automatically so that the selected angle is maintained. This allows precise and safe positioning of a trailer. The driver can also select the “pull straight” function when the trailer has reached the desired direction and is to reverse straight ahead. The entire manoeuvring process can be followed from different camera perspectives on the central display. Dynamic guide lines show the trajectory, vehicle width and distance from recognised objects.
Success story: Mid-Size SUV from Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz entered the mid-size SUV segment in 2008, with the GLK. “Trendsetter in a booming vehicle class” – that’s how the press kit at the time described it. Its exterior design was unmistakably derived from the G-Class, the forefather of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs. In 2015 the brand presented its successor under the name GLC. This also impressed with the excellent safety typical of the brand, state-of-the-art assistance systems, energy efficiency and high dynamics. Since the introduction of the GLC, and of its direct predecessor the GLK, Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 2.6 million examples worldwide. The GLC presented now is the third generation, and continues this success story.
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Facts & Highlights
Model availability in Canada: Canada will be offering the GLC 300 4MATIC, which features a four-cylinder mild-hybrid gasoline engine with 48 volt technology and a second-generation integrated starter-generator (ISG). The vehicle will be available in Spring 2023, and pricing will be announced closer to launch date.
All-rounder both on and off the road: The GLC has significantly improved on and off-road attributes for adverse weather conditions and stretches with unmetalled roads. These include simplified operation using the off-road screen, clearer information thanks to the “transparent engine hood”, and outstanding traction and handling safety by virtue of improved control systems.
Comfort and agility: Key components of the GLC’s dynamically designed chassis are a new four-link front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension. The standard suspension provides a high level of suspension, ride and noise comfort, agile handling and driving enjoyment. It is equipped with an amplitude-dependent damping system.
Exterior design: Unique proportions with classic SUV features such as a simulated chrome underguard, roof rails and optional running-boards are combined with new contoured edges in the sides to create a balance between elegance, sportiness and off-road performance. Highlights include the new headlamps, which connect directly to the radiator grille and accentuate the vehicle’s width. In combination with the optional DIGITAL LIGHT, the headlamps feature daytime-driving ellipses in addition to the well-known “torch”. Another visual highlight is the radiator grille with a chrome surround.
Interior design: The GLC continues the successful formula of modern, sporty luxury from Mercedes-Benz. For example, the dashboard is horizontally divided into two sections, and features generous trim surfaces with a central display that appears to float above it. The avant-garde seat design and modern door panels emphasize the high quality of the interior.
Wind resistance: In its aerodynamically most favourable configuration, the minimal drag coefficient of the GLC is Cd = 0.29. This makes it two tenths better than its predecessor (Cd = 0.31) – a notable advance for an SUV with conventional drive.
Noise comfort: At an even higher level, the GLC is a pleasantly quiet vehicle with a refined sound signature and very low road and wind noise. All the acoustic measures jointly contribute to the “welcome home” atmosphere that is typical of Mercedes-Benz.
MBUX: The latest generation of the infotainment system with two large displays and full-screen navigation as standard makes the interior even more digital and intelligent.
Maximum operating convenience: The voice assistant “Hey, Mercedes” has become more capable of dialogue and learning. The MBUX Smart Home function turns the GLC into a mobile control centre for the home.
Entertainment: MBUX fully integrates all the major music streaming providers, including personal preferences and settings. Newsflash is another new feature of MBUX. With the keyword “Hey, Mercedes”, it enables the customer to access individually chosen news categories such as business, sport or culture. The optional Burmester® surround sound system offers a unique listening experience with 15 premium speakers and a total output of 710 watts.
Assistance systems: The latest generation of the Intelligent Drive package contains additional and further improved functions, for example in Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist.
Comfort appointments: The components and systems of the GLC are improved in numerous details, e.g. ambience lighting or the new panoramic sunroof, which has a slimmer cross-strut for a significantly improved feeling of spaciousness.
Ideal partner for trailer operations: The new trailer menu and the towing route planner are two highlights of the GLC for towing operations. The aim of these and numerous further advanced functions for operation as a towing vehicle is to make towing as safe and pleasant as possible. Moreover, the 4MATIC all-wheel drive provides outstanding traction on any surface.
Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||
|at engine speed||rpm||
|Add. elect. Output (Boost)||hp||
|at engine speed||Rpm||
|Add. Torque (Boost)||lb-ft||
|Front axle||Four-link steel suspension with selective damping system|
Independent multilink suspension with selective damping system
|Braking system||Internally ventilated disk brakes at front and rear, electric parking brake|
|Steering||Speed-dependent, electro-mechanical direct steering (rack-and-pinion)|
|Dimensions and weights|
|Trunk capacity, VDA||Litres||
|Permissible trailer load, braked||kg||
|Permissible tongue weight||kg||
|Tank capacity/of which reserve||Litres||
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||s||
|Exterior dimensions (mm)|
|Width incl. exterior mirrors||2075||2096||-21|
|Interior dimensions (mm)|
|Max. headroom, front, driver||1048||1064||-16|
|Elbow room, front||1499||1499||0|
|Elbow room, rear||1480||1474||+6|
|Shoulder room, front||1456||1455||+1|
|Shoulder room, rear||1438||1436||+2|
|Luggage capacity acc. to VDA (l)||600||550||+50|
Spectacular proportions defined by a long wheelbase and emphasised by short overhangs, powerful shoulders, large wheels, a distinctive rear spoiler and star-shaped headlamp signature – the Vision AMG makes an emotional statement from every perspective. This extraordinary show car from Mercedes-AMG offers a glimpse of the all-electric future of AMG Driving Performance. Beneath the breath-taking exterior design of the four-door coupé is the equally extraordinary dedicated AMG.EA platform, which is currently under development in Affalterbach for all-electric performance models.
“AMG is reinventing itself. As was once the case with our founding fathers, there has been an amazing feeling of new beginnings here in Affalterbach for quite some time now. The course has been well and truly set for an electrified future, and we’ve set the bar high. That’s because our customers expect something very special from all-electric cars. We have already well and truly proven our expertise in this regard with the SLS AMG Electric Drive, our own E PERFORMANCE hybrid technology and the first Mercedes-EQ derivatives. With this study, we are now offering a first glimpse of how we are transferring the AMG DNA into the all-electric future, starting in 2025. Gorden and his team are pointing the way from a visual perspective with this extraordinary design. At AMG, we have always stood for that extra shot of emotion, driving fun, handling, ingenious aerodynamic features and other innovative solutions. And that’s what we continue to stand for with our first BEV developed entirely in Affalterbach. We’re developing everything from scratch, from the dedicated AMG.EA platform to the revolutionary drivetrain technology with which we will take performance electric mobility to a whole new level,” says Philipp Schiemer, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“The Vision AMG shows in spectacular style what electrification could look like at Mercedes-AMG, while staying true to the brand aesthetic. The study’s extreme proportions create fascination and passion for performance – that’s what AMG is all about. The Vision AMG is an impressive embodiment of the brand’s dual polarity – the interplay of beauty and the extraordinary. At the same time, elements from the future, such as the light signatures with the illuminated high-tech grille, underscore the progressive evolution of our design language of Sensual Purity,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Mercedes-Benz Group AG. “With its contrasting modern surfacing and radical proportions, this car showcases the next design step, building on the VISION EQXX and moving further towards performance luxury. The seamless flow of beautifully formed surfaces and the monolithic sculpture complete the powerful aesthetic of the Vision AMG. The result is an electric supercar, a style icon that stimulates desire – and that’s exactly what sets a luxury sports car apart.”
Monolithic sculpture and radical proportions
The concept car is characterised by flowing, beautifully formed surfaces. Joints and shut lines are reduced to a minimum, and the rear and side windows are painted in the same Alubeam silver as the car itself. The result is an overall look that reinforces the impression of a monolithic sculpture.
The sporty proportions are particularly evident from the side, and are defined by the technical layout – long wheelbase, sharply raked A-pillar positioned far forward, short front overhang and slightly longer, aerodynamically optimised rear overhang. It clearly expresses the design language of Sensual Purity with distinctive sports car cues such as the widely flared wheel arches and broad, muscular shoulders at the rear.
The graceful greenhouse is integrated into the flowing overall form and blends seamlessly into the low-lying silhouette. The roof tapers as its line drops elegantly towards the rear, flowing directly into the rear spoiler. The overall effect is a visually fascinating and aerodynamically advantageous teardrop form, not unlike that of the VISION EQXX. The sensual surfacing and the powerfully defined sculpture are representative of the hallmark Mercedes design language. Similarly, the brand’s aspiration to the extraordinary is realised through the radical proportions and sharply chiselled shark nose. The Vision AMG is thus an impressive example of the dual polarity of the brand’s design approach embracing “Beauty & the Extraordinary”.
The sharply angled tear-off edge at the rear incorporates an active spoiler, elongating the side view while at the same time improving the aerodynamics. It is framed by a precisely cut band of light that accommodates a variety of different light installations, providing an effective contrast with the large black AMG logo on the rear of the car.
Breathtaking technology for hallmark performance
The technology of the Vision AMG tributes the spectacular design in many ways. All of its drivetrain components are developed entirely from scratch: not only the AMG.EA platform itself, but also the dedicated high-performance high-voltage battery and the revolutionary drive technology. The powerful heart of the Vision AMG is its innovative Axial Flux Motor developed by Mercedes-Benz’ wholly owned subsidiary YASA. With its compact and lightweight design it delivers substantially more power than conventional electric motors.
Closed-off AMG grille with illuminated bars
The AMG-specific grille with vertical bars is retained as a distinctive brand feature – despite the fact that an all-electric drivetrain does not require a classic radiator at the front. The high-tech development of the grille is therefore closed off, painted in body colour and fully integrated into the front end. As the visual focal point, the grille emphasises the futuristic look of the Vision AMG with its illuminated bars and three-dimensional exterior contour. The three-pointed star is positioned prominently on the bonnet – as on the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.
Extraordinary star-shaped light signature
The headlamp light signature points directly into the future. Three LED elements form a stylised, three-dimensional Mercedes star, ensuring the Mercedes and AMG branding is immediately apparent and unmistakable by night and day. The two headlamps are visually connected via the horizontal band of light above the grille. This light band can display a variety of animations – ranging from a welcome signature to constant light.
The round lights at the rear have a light design that is new yet familiar. On each side, three LED rings are positioned in cylindrical tubes. Here, too, small stars offer a nod to the Mercedes brand. By way of contrast, the expressive rear diffuser is painted deep black.
Connection to Formula 1 through form and colour cues
The direct connection to the successful Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is evident in further visual details. These include the silver paintwork with a large-format star pattern across the shoulders and rear wings, functional elements in exposed carbon-fibre, the aerodynamic design of the 22-inch wheels with aero claddings, the AMG logo and elements on the sills and diffuser in the Petronas colours.
The sporty high-tech seamless design and the breath-taking proportions give the Vision AMG a futuristic character. The four-door configuration also makes clear that the show car offers a taste of a functional all-electric sports car of the future. Despite the battery pack in the floor of the car between the axles, the study sits considerably lower than the EQS and, thanks to its intelligently designed interior floor, offers plenty of space for four.
With technology derived directly from Formula 1™, the latest generation of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC sets new standards for innovative drive solutions. The AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is the world’s first series-production unit to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger. The new form of turbocharging guarantees particularly spontaneous response across the entire rev range and thus offers an even more dynamic driving experience. The turbocharger is operated via the 48-volt electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter-generator (BSG). In the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC the unit produces 402 hp and, in certain driving situations, is able to call upon a brief additional boost of 13 hp from the BSG. The standard rear-axle steering, the AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch and the AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with Adaptive Damping System also contribute to the dynamic driving experience. In keeping with this, brand-specific features in the equipment and appointments as well as in the exterior and interior design emphasise the performance-oriented character of the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC.
“The C-Class has always been an absolute success story for Mercedes-AMG. With the innovative technology of the electric exhaust gas turbocharger, we are once again significantly increasing the attractiveness of this latest generation. The new turbocharging system and the 48-volt on-board electrical system not only contribute to the outstanding driving dynamics of the C 43 4MATIC, but also improve its efficiency. In this way, we are demonstrating the tremendous potential that lies in electrified combustion engines. The standard all-wheel drive, the active rear-axle steering and the quick-shifting transmission all serve to enhance the Driving Performance that is the hallmark of AMG”, says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes AMG GmbH.
At the heart of the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC is the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which combines innovative technologies and high performance with exemplary efficiency. At the same time, it remains true to a tradition typical of the brand: not only was it developed entirely at the company’s site in Affalterbach, but it is also manufactured there in accordance with the principle of “One Man, One Engine”. In this process, Mercedes-AMG combines the craftsmanship of its highly qualified employees with the latest production methods of Industry 4.0 and a high degree of digitalisation.
The internally named M139l engine (l for longitudinal installation) is the world’s first series-production engine to be turbocharged with an electric exhaust gas turbocharger. The innovative system is a direct derivative of the technology that the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team has been using so successfully in the premier class of motorsport for many years. The new form of turbocharging guarantees particularly spontaneous response across the entire rev range. This leads to an even more dynamic driving experience, while at the same time increasing efficiency.
The functional principle of the electric exhaust gas turbocharger in detail
An electric motor around four centimetres thin is integrated directly on the turbocharger shaft between the turbine wheel on the exhaust side and the compressor wheel on the intake side. Electronically controlled, this drives the shaft of the turbocharger directly and thus accelerates the compressor wheel, before the exhaust gas flow takes over the drive in the conventional way.
This significantly improves the response directly from idle speed and across the entire rev range. The combustion engine responds even more spontaneously to accelerator pedal input, while the entire driving feel is significantly more dynamic. In addition, the electrification of the turbocharger enables higher torque at low revs. This also increases agility and optimises acceleration from a standstill. Even when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator or brakes, the technology is able to maintain boost pressure at all times, so ensuring a continuously direct response.
Powered by the 48-volt on-board electrical system, the electric exhaust gas turbocharger operates at speeds of up to 175,000 rpm, which enables a very high air flow rate. The turbocharger, electric motor and power electronics are connected to the combustion engine’s cooling circuit to create an optimal temperature environment at all times.
The closed-deck design of the M139 – adopted from the world of motorsport – ensures maximum rigidity in conjunction with low weight and allows peak combustion pressures over 2,300 psi. The areas around the cylinders are mostly solid, and the cover plate is penetrated only by smaller ducts for the coolant and engine oil. Other design highlights of the engine include NANOSLIDE technology, with which the linings are coated so as to reduce the friction between piston and cylinder. This gives the linings a mirror-like surface for minimal friction, is twice as hard as conventional grey cast-iron liners and therefore makes them much more durable. The coating made its debut in the AMG V8 engine M156, has been used to refine other AMG engines for many years and can also be found in the Formula 1™ engine of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team.
Another outstanding feature is the two-stage fuel injection. In the first stage, particularly fast and precise piezo injectors deliver the fuel into the combustion chambers at pressures of up to 2,900 psi. The second stage adds intake manifold duct injection with solenoid valves, which is needed to achieve the engine’s high specific power output.
The high output also necessitates a sophisticated cooling system that can cool the cylinder head and crankcase to different temperature levels. This measure makes it possible to maintain a cold cylinder head for maximum power with efficient ignition timing, along with a warm crankcase to reduce internal engine friction. The cylinder head is cooled by a mechanical high-performance water pump; the crankcase is cooled by a second, electrically driven water pump. After a cold start, this pump remains passive until the engine has warmed up. In operation it is regulated by the engine control unit so that the crankcase is always cooled according to need.
402 hp and 369 lb-ft enable sporty driving performance
In the 2.0-litre four-cylinder in-line engine, innovative technology helps the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC to achieve a rated output of 402 hp at 6,750 rpm. The maximum torque of 369 lb-ft is available at 5,000 rpm. Depending on the situation, the system also briefly provides an additional boost of 13 hp through the belt-driven starter generator (BSG). The second-generation BSG acts as a mild hybrid, providing this temporary power boost as well as functions such as gliding and recuperation for maximum efficiency. At the same time, the 48-volt technology also increases comfort, as the transitions between the start-stop function and the gliding mode function are almost imperceptible.
The C 43 4MATIC Sedan accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 240 km/h. By adding the optional AMG Driver’s Package, it can be raised to 265 km/h.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch and AMG Performance 4MATIC
Power is transmitted via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission (MCT = Multi-Clutch Transmission), in which a wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. It reduces weight and, thanks to its lower inertia, optimises response to accelerator pedal input, especially during spurts and load changes. The elaborately calibrated software ensures extremely short shift times as well as fast multiple downshifts if required. In addition, the intermediate throttle function in the “Sport” and “Sport+” driving modes delivers a particularly emotionally appealing gearshift experience. There is also the RACE START function, which ensures optimal acceleration from a standstill. The ECO start/stop function is automatically activated in the “Comfort” drive program; the “Glide” function can be activated in “Individual”.
The AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive features an AMG-specific torque distribution between the front and rear axles of 31 to 69 percent. The rear-biased configuration provides for enhanced dynamic handling, including higher lateral acceleration and improved traction when accelerating.
AMG DYNAMICS standard component of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program selection
The five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual” permit a wide range of vehicle characteristics, from comfortable to dynamic. The distinct driving modes offer an individual driving experience, precisely tailored to different driving conditions. In the “Sport” and “Sport+” programs, the engine’s responsiveness, the transmission’s shifting behaviour and the suspension and steering are tuned to be particularly agile.
The C 43 4MATIC also features the integrated “AMG DYNAMICS” driving dynamic control system as a component of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. This enhances the stabilising functions of the Electronic Stability Program ESP® with interventions to add agility to the steering characteristics and additional ESP® functions. When cornering at speed, for example, brief braking intervention at the inner rear wheel generates a defined yawing moment around the vertical axis for responsive and precise turn-in.
The extent and effectiveness of these interventions depend on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT program selected, whereby drivers using “Individual” mode can determine the settings for the AMG DYNAMICS levels “Basic”, “Advanced” and “Pro” for themselves. The ESP® can be adjusted in three stages. “On” is the standard selection that offers high safety, adapted to the sporty character of the overall vehicle. “Sport”, on the other hand, allows higher drift angles, while “Off” allows the system to be switched off completely for a particularly sporty driving style on closed-off race tracks.
AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with Adaptive Damping System
The AMG RIDE CONTROL steel-spring suspension with Adaptive Damping System, which is standard on the C 43 4MATIC, combines decidedly sporty driving dynamics with the long-distance comfort typical of the brand. The basis for this is provided by the front axle, with specially developed steering knuckles and suspension joints on the spring control arm, and by the rear axle, which also features elastokinematics designed for driving dynamics. Complementing this, the Adaptive Damping System continuously adapts the damping at each individual wheel to the current demand – always taking into account the preselected suspension level, the driving style and the condition of the road surface. In addition to an improvement in ride quality and comfort, this leads, above all, to an increase in driving safety. There is a choice of three different damping maps (“Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+”).
Three-stage AMG parameter steering and standard rear-axle steering
The steering layout of the C 43 4MATIC contributes to the improvement in both dynamics and comfort. The three-stage AMG parameter steering system, for example, 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 manoeuvring and parking, while the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained when driving faster. In the “Sport” and “Sport+” suspension settings, the driver also experiences significantly more feedback about the driving condition via the steering wheel.
The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC brings rear-axle steering to the best-selling model series from Affalterbach as standard. It operates with a maximum steering angle of 2.5 degrees. Up to this point, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels at speeds of up to 100 km/h (variable depending on the AMG DYNAMICS setting). This leads to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase, which in turn results in significantly more agile turn-in, less steering effort and improved manoeuvrability. For example, the turning circle is noticeably reduced when turning or parking. At speeds above 100 km/h (variable depending on the AMG DYNAMICS setting), on the other hand, the rear wheels turn in parallel to the front wheels – up to a maximum of 0.7 degrees. 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 and thus to a more direct reaction of the vehicle to steering commands. The response of the rear-axle steering depends on the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program.
AMG sports braking system and AMG exhaust system with sporty engine sound
The AMG sports braking system with silver-painted brake callipers and black “AMG” lettering guarantees outstanding deceleration values and optimum control. On the C 43 4MATIC, internally ventilated and perforated brake discs measuring 370 x 36 millimetres with 4-piston fixed callipers are fitted at the front axle, and discs measuring 320 x 24 millimetres with 1-piston floating callipers at the rear.
The AMG exhaust system with its sporty engine sound provides the appropriate acoustic background. Depending on the drive program selected, the sound level ranges from balanced and discreet to emotionally sporty. The sound characteristics are controlled via an exhaust gas flap, depending on engine speed and load. For the occupants, the listening pleasure can be further enhanced by the addition of the option AMG Real Performance Sound. The actual engine sound is picked up by a sensor in the exhaust system and fed into the interior for a particularly emotive sound experience.
Characteristic AMG elements for the exterior and interior ensure a sporty, refined appearance
Outside as well as inside, numerous AMG-specific details underscore both the dynamic and the luxurious character of the C 43 4MATIC. In terms of exterior design, these include the AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts in chrome, the AMG front apron with flics, sporty air intakes and chrome-plated trim element, the matching side sill panels, the diffuser-look rear apron and the two round twin-tailpipe trim elements. The C 43 4MATIC is fitted with AMG light-alloy wheels and 18-inch tires as standard, with 19- and 20-inch tires available as options.
In the interior, such features as AMG seats with a distinctive upholstery layout and seat covers in ARTICO man-made leather/MICROCUT microfibre in black with red contrasting stitching and red seat belts provide a particularly sporty touch. Further options include leather seat covers. Added to this is the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather, with flattened bottom section, perforated in the grip area and with silver-coloured aluminium gearshift paddles. The two round AMG steering wheel buttons allow fast and unerring operation of various dynamic driving functions and of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. The instrument panel and the beltlines are upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather with red topstitching. The sporty-luxurious atmosphere is rounded off by AMG sports pedals, AMG floor mats and illuminated door sill trims with AMG lettering.
The MBUX infotainment system includes various AMG-specific displays and functions. These include special displays in the instrument cluster, in the portrait-format multimedia central display in the centre console and in the optional head-up display. Added to this is the shortcut button for the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. AMG TRACK PACE, the data logger for use on the race track, is also integrated. The software records more than 80 vehicle-specific data such as speed, acceleration, steering angle and brake pedal actuation ten times per second while the car is being driving around a race track. In addition, there is a display of lap and sector times as well as additional training and analysis tools.
Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||4/in-line|
|at engine speed||rpm||6750|
|Additional output (Boost)||hp||13|
|at engine speed||rpm||5000|
|Mixture formation||combined direct injection and intake manifold injection, turbocharging by means of electrically assisted exhaust gas turbocharger|
|Drive system||All-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G (automatic transmission with wet multi-disc start-off clutch)|
|Front axle||AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with aluminium double wishbones, anti-squat and anti-dive control, lightweight coil springs and stabiliser bar as well as Adaptive Damping System|
|Rear axle||AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with aluminium double wishbones, anti-squat and anti-dive control, lightweight coil springs and stabiliser bar as well as Adaptive Damping System|
|Braking system||Hydraulic dual-circuit brake system; 370 mm brake discs at front, internally ventilated and perforated, 6-piston aluminium fixed calliper; 320 mm brake discs at rear, internally ventilated and perforated, 1-piston aluminium floating calliper; electric parking brake, ABS, Brake Assist, 3-stage ESP®|
|Steering||Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering with rack and pinion, variable steering ratio (12.8:1 at dead centre) and variable power assistance|
|Wheels||front: 8.0 J x 18; rear: 8.0 J x 18|
|Tyres||front: 245/45 ZR 18; rear: 245/45 ZR 18|
|Dimensions and weights|
|Fuel Tank capacity/of which reserve||l||50/7|
|Performance, consumption, emissions|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||sec.||4.6|
|Top speed||km/h||240 (electronically limited; 265 km/h with opt. Vmax increase)|
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC represents a new form of luxury in the SUV segment. It extends the portfolio of the Mercedes-Maybach brand by combining the body design and technical basis of the GLS with the luxury of a top-class saloon car. Its spacious interior with the highest-grade materials and extremely effective noise insulation creates a stylish, cocoon-like feel-good atmosphere. From their pleasantly elevated seating position, thanks to electrically operated roller sun blinds on the two rear side windows, the passengers can decide for themselves how much of their surroundings they want to see. The included as standard fully-active suspension with E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL effectively keeps the road bumps at bay. For the first time there is a dedicated Maybach drive program that ensures even more comfort in the rear. Access and egress are also highly convenient: when the doors are opened, the vehicle is lowered slightly, and an illuminated running board quickly and silently emerges on the access or egress side. The running boards are made of anodised aluminum. The V8 engine with a displacement of four litres, which can develop 549 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque, is an engine variant developed exclusively for Maybach and moves the car discreetly and powerfully. The engine is combined with the 48-volt system EQ Boost. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC will enter the market in the second half of 2020.
The “S-Class of SUVs” meets AMG Performance Luxury: The new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ is more dynamic and versatile than ever before. Emotive design, exclusive appointments, space for up to seven people, and improved driving dynamics make the GLS 63 an unrivalled package in the Luxury SUV segment. A powerful 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine that produces 603 hp, paired with an integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator guarantees superior driving. A 21 hp ancillary unit supplies the 48-volt electrical system, and its boost function provides assistance at low engine speeds. Fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission and AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL air suspension with active roll stabilization actively contribute to the superior ride quality of the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+.
The newest member of driving performance is here: the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV. This top-of-the-line performer naturally takes to the starting line with state-of-the-art engine technology: an AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine that generates 603 hp paired for the first time with the EQ Boost starter-alternator. Accompanied by an additional electric output of 21 hp, a 48-volt on-board electrical system, and a cylinder shut-off and petrol particulate filter, GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ is primed for optimum efficiency. Fully variable all-wheel drive, air suspension with adaptive damping and active roll stabilisation, combined with the extremely fast-shifting TCT 9G transmission; further move the limits of vehicle dynamics. The GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ also benefits from the advantages of a luxury SUV: good all-round visibility, plenty of space for passengers and luggage, high-quality materials and the brand’s very latest driving assistance, infotainment and connectivity functions. Even more versatility is provided by the improved off-road capabilities with the two additional drive programs “Trail” and “Sand”, as well as the variable vehicle level. This is where extreme sportiness, first-class off-road characteristics and absolute day-to-day suitability come together.
The Vision EQS, a milestone on the way to the future of Mercedes-Benz. At the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (12 September to 22 September 2019), Mercedes-Benz will show the challenges of the future: sustainability is becoming a central component of the brand philosophy, and a major aspect of our corporate strategy. The show car already meets these aspirations today, and provides an outlook on future large, electric luxury saloons. At the same time it illustrates a vision of purpose-built electro-design. With the Vision EQS, Mercedes-Benz is making a clear statement for the continued future of high-quality vehicles and self-determined driving. Supreme craftsmanship, emotive design, luxurious materials and individual driving pleasure will continue to be desirable in the future. Because now and for the future, luxury above all stands for personal freedom as well.
The newest member of driving performance is here: the new GLB 35 4MATIC combines the sportiness and feel typical of Mercedes-AMG, with the practicality and comfort of an SUV. Exceptional driving dynamics are ensured by the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which produces 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Further enhanced by an optimally tuned AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G transmission and variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the GLB 35 4MATIC accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. As the first Mercedes-AMG in the compact segment available as a seven-seater, the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC is truly unrivalled in its class.
The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe uniquely combines sporty elegance and powerful performance with exemplary off-road capabilities. Powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with 48-volt technology, the new GLE 53 Coupe efficiently delivers an impressive 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. An optimally tuned AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G Torque-Clutch Transmission guarantees perfect sequences in all driving situations, considerably faster gearshifts, and AMG’s trademark acceleration: the GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. In conjunction with AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension, fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive gives the GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe optimal traction and a sporty feel. With a longer wheelbase, and increased interior dimensions, the new GLE 53 Coupe provides ample room for up to five occupants. The AMG-specific radiator grille, along with other trademark AMG design cues, clearly indicate the GLE 53 Coupe as a fully-fledged member of the Mercedes-AMG family.
Refined performance, sharpened driving dynamics, and expressive design are just some of the updates Mercedes-AMG has made to the new GLC 43 4MATIC models. More powerful than its predecessor, the GLC 43 benefits from an updated 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine that produces 385 hp on demand. An optimally tuned AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G Torque-Clutch Transmission guarantees perfect sequences in all driving situations, considerably faster gearshifts, and AMG’s trademark acceleration. In conjunction with the AMG DYNAMICS agility control system, a rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive configuration gives the GLC 43 optimal traction and a sporty feel. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV and Coupe will go on sale in Canada by the end of the year.
Outstanding performance, ultimate driving dynamics, and expressive design – the new Mercedes-AMG compact sportscar, the CLA 45 4MATIC+ has it all. With a newly developed 2.0-litre engine, the CLA 45 4MATIC+ is even more powerful than its predecessor, with up to 382 hp on demand. The new AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT-8G dual-clutch transmission guarantees perfect sequences in all driving situations, and considerably faster gearshifts. For top traction, active fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive distributes torque at the rear axle on a wheel-selective basis using AMG TORQUE CONTROL. This is made possible by a new rear axle differential that features two multidisc clutches – one for each wheel.