On November 3, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe will likely be launched in India. As the first model in the luxury performance marque’s line-up to be assembled in India, the GLC 43 Coupe is a big step for the Stuttgart-based auto giant. Given how popular AMG has become in the past few years, the localization of parts and manufacturing processes will greatly impact costs. In short, future Mercedes-AMG models will wear a lower sticker price and will, therefore, be more affordable. As mentioned in one of our earlier reports, the GLC 43 Coupe will be put together at the bran’s massive plant, located on Pune’s outskirts. Upon its official arrival at showrooms, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe should start from around Rs 80 lakh.
First released in 2015, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe is the more suave version of the C-Class sedan-based GLC crossover SUV. If you want a luxury performance crossover but don’t think the standard GLC quite cuts it (style-wise), the Coupe is definitely down your alley. The most distinctive element of this SUV is undeniably its exterior design. Ever since BMW unveiled the X6 back in the late 2000s, every major carmaker has tried to emulate the X6’s coupe-like but controversial styling. As you can expect, Mercedes-Benz wanted to have a crack at it, and so, we now have the GLC Coupe and its elder sibling, the GLE Coupe. Getting back to the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe, its frontend features AMG’s signature vertically-arranged grille, an aggressively-contoured bumper with faux air vents and a front splitter, sophisticated LED headlamps, and a long sharply-creased hood.
The coupe-like side profile of the GLC 43 Coupe gets signature AMG touches such as the massive alloy wheels, which are wrapped in thick rubber, plus AMG side skirts & running boards, and ‘BiTurbo 4MATIC’ badges on the front fenders. The rear fascia of the GLC 43 has a boot lip spoiler, quad exhausts, and an air diffuser. In terms of its dimensions, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe measures 4,729mm in length, 1,930mm in width, and 1,587mm in height. Its wheelbase comes in at 2,873mm, while boot space with rear seats up is around 550 liters. The most visually striking features in the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe interior are the dual high-definition screens for the infotainment system and instrument cluster. So, the driver’s display uses a bright, easy-to-read, and customizable 12.3-inch monitor. Meanwhile, Merc’s MBUX infotainment services are rendered on a 10.25-inch wide-screen head unit.
The 2020 GLC 43 Coupe cabin also features AMG sport leather seats with thick side bolsters, contrast stitching, customizable LED mood lighting, a premium Burmester sound system, etc. Other gadgetries offered include adaptive dampers with AMG Ride Control+, active anti-roll bars, adaptive all-LED headlamps, aluminium paddle shifters, and a power sunroof. The cabin and its materials feel solid and well-built for the most part, and the beautiful AMG steering wheel is a joy to hold. Unfortunately, the quality of plastic used around the rear AC vents feels downright cheap. At night, you can crank up the 64-color mood lighting and be bathed in the glory of the two HD screens and try to forget about that plastic covering. Thanks to that sloping roofline that creates that desirable coupe profile on the outside, the headroom at the back is a touch compromised.
This is an AMG and so what really matters here is the performance. On this front, there is absolutely zero disappointment. The ‘hand-built’ 3.0-liter Bi-Turbo V6 engine under the hood sends 385 angry German horses along with 520Nm of torque to the wheels. Using a modified version of Merc’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, the engine’s grunt is channeled through a 9-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. Despite its near two-ton bulk, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe will hurtle towards the horizon if you mash the right pedal. The sprint from 0-100 kmph is taken care of in just 4.9 seconds, with the fun only curbed when the speedo hits an indicated 250 kmph. Oh, and don’t bother taking this crossover off-road even if it has AWD. You will be bogged down without making it too far as this AWD setup is strictly tuned for optimum traction and performance on the road.
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