Great news for those who have been hoping to see a drop in prices of their favorite AMG. Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will begin local assembly of its AMG models in India. This means that the price of each Mercedes-AMG vehicle available in the market will see a noticeable dip. At present, the cars in AMG’s line-up sold in the country come as fully imported units. Thus they are more expensive than they need to be. However, by shifting gears and choosing to assemble its models in India locally, Mercedes-AMG will reduce each of its models’ costs. This will allow the luxury performance brand from Germany to make its vehicles more accessible to more people. Of course, one still has to be pretty stinking rich to afford one of these bombshells.
The paradigm shift will commence with the all-new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe, which will now be made in India. Therefore, you can expect its ex-showroom price to go down by 15 to 20 percent. That is a decent chunk of change saved. One of the prime reasons for choosing the GLC 43 Coupe as its first locally assembled AMG model in India is simple; it has been one of the brand’s strongest performers so far. As with several other Mercedes-Benz models, the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe will be put together at the German marque’s plant in Chakan, Pune. The swanky Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe used to go for around Rs 1.00 crore (including taxes) for its retail price. However, with the move towards local assembly, the upcoming facelifted model’s cost should be approximately Rs 80 lakh.
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Speaking of, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 that shoots out 385hp and 520Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and channels its grunt to all four wheels. Pin the go-fast pedal, and the AMG GLC 43 Coupe will hurtle past 100 kmph in a mere 4.9 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmph. It is pretty well equipped with top-tier technology and features as well. As standard, you get 20-inch alloy wheels, a full AMG body kit, quad-exhaust pipes, automatic LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a power tailgate, and adaptive dampers. Plus, the interior features AMG sports seats, an AMG steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, 64-color LED mood lighting, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
This being a Mercedes, the AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe is loaded to the gills with safety tech. Its array includes 7 airbags, adaptive braking with Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Crosswind Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control System (TCS) parking sensors with a rearview camera, to name a few. The cabin is finished in high-quality materials, as one can expect at this price, and the AMG touches only makes it feel even more special. There is certainly a sense of solidity and great attention to detail, though I feel the latest Audis and BMWs still do an even better job. Having said that, Mercedes-Benz interiors have a sense of sophistication and elegance – something that you won’t find in every mainstream German brand.
In the near future, Mercedes-Benz India will be localizing the production of more and more AMG models – including almost every entry-level AMG. While Audi and BMW still use the import route to bring in their high-performance RS and M Division vehicles, Mercedes-AMG’s strategy to be the first to choose local assembly will pay dividends. Soon enough, even the upcoming new S-Class will be made in India. At the time of writing, Mercedes-Benz assembles about 10 models at its Chakan plant for the Indian market.