The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe has just been rolled out of the German automaker’s plant in Pune, India. Starting at just Rs 76.70 lakh (ex-showroom), this is by far the most affordable AMG SUV to hit the Indian market in recent times. For reference, if this were to be imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU), its sticker priced could have exceeded Rs 1 crore. So as you can see, that is quite a bit of money saved if you were looking to buy a high-performance luxury SUV such as this. Furthermore, the all-new GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe also becomes the very first AMG model to be locally assembled here in India. And while it may not be in the same segment, the newly-launched and more powerful BMW X3 M costs Rs 99.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
In some foreign markets, Mercedes-Benz sells the facelifted version of the regular GLC Coupe – India doesn’t yet get that. However, those going for its naughtier AMG 43 cousin benefit from the facelift and its associated updates. While some may not pay much heed to those kind of trivial matters, what they will take note of is this AMG’s exterior styling. To set it apart from the standard GLC Coupe, the 43 version gets several AMG specific details on the outside. It begins up front, where you will find a more aggressive and sportier fascia. The vertically-slatted grille is unique to this car, so is the sculpted front bumper which not only integrates large faux intakes but also gets a deeper lower lip with a pronounced splitter.
The new GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe also features AMG running boards, lower and stiffer sports suspension, 20-inch AMG alloy rims, and black finish for the wing mirrors. Those with a keen eye will also be able to spot the small but stylish ‘BiTurbo 4MATIC’ insignia behind the front wheel arches. Once at the back of the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe, you will be greeted with a blacked-out bumper with AMG quad-exhaust pipes, a boot lip spoiler, and an air diffuser. Where the standard GLC Coupe looks sporty yet urbane, its guttural AMG cousin is all about chasing down lesser cars and ensuring they stay in the rearview mirror. Some of the color options on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe include Obsidian Black, Brilliant Blue, Graphite Grey, and designo Hyacinth Red.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe’s interior is mostly draped in black, but it does come with Dinamica microfiber inserts and bright red seat belts. Some of the other unique features in this cabin include its sports seats with AMG graphics, illuminated AMG door sills, contrasting stitching, a flat-bottom AMG steering wheel with Alcantara, and a red center-position indicator, and high-quality aluminium paddle shifters.
You also get AMG specific display modes for the digital instrument cluster (alongside the normal ones) and a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment system, supporting gesture control. There are plenty of passive and active safety systems in the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe – including all-around airbags, stability & traction control, rollover mitigation, front & rear parking sensors with a rearview camera, and rear ISOFIX child-seat anchors.
Powering the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that kicks out 385hp and 520Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and an AMG-tuned 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system for better traction. Put it into ‘Sport+’ mode, and this coupe-styled 4×4 will leave even some true sports cars behind.
In Sport+ mode, the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe can haul itself from standstill to 100 kmph in less than 5 seconds, while an electronic governor only prevents further acceleration once you hit 250 kmph. Yes, the Porsche Macan is still the more fun-to-drive ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ or whatever, but the difference between these two isn’t exactly night & day. The locally assembled Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe is not only lighter on the wallet compared to its immediate rival, but its AMG-ness will woo plenty of prospective buyers as well.