German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz on Friday expanded its luxury and powerful AMG product line-up with the launch of a new performance AMG product- Mercedes AMG GLC 43 Coupe in the Indian auto market. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 74.80 lakh (Ex-showroom, pan-India). Further, the company has also announced an extended warranty package under the Advance Assurance program maintenance package worth Rs. 1,51,800 on the AMG GLC 43 Coupe to take care annual maintenance charges. If you don’t remember, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe was first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October last year. The Mercedes-AMG GLC-43 Coupe is the first member of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV portfolio to come with a coupe-styled SUV chassis. In the Indian market, the vehicle is imported from the company’s Germany manufacturing plant via the CBU (completely built unit) route.
Engine & Power
Like all the AMG-powered products that carry the “43” badge, the Mercedes-AMG GLC-43 4MATIC Coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 BITURBO engine that generates 362bhp of peak power at 5500-6000 rpm against the peak torque of 520 Nm at 2500-4500 rpm. The twin-turbocharged engine is mated to an improved 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels via 4MATIC all-wheel drive (AWD) system as standard. As we mentioned, the vehicle comes with a permanent AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system that is equipped with a discrete transfer case: in the interests of higher agility, the torque has a rear-biased split of 31:69 between the front and rear axle. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 offers five driving modes including Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, each subtly changing the speed-sensitive steering and the characteristics of the power delivery. The new AMG-powered coupe also gets the unique AMG Ride Control sports suspension setup with a sporty spring/damper set-up and adaptive damping adjustment. The powerful Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 needs only 4.9 seconds to reach 100kmph from engine start and has an electronically restricted top speed of 250km per hour.
Exterior & Interior Features
Talking about its exterior design, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe looks more aggressive than the standard version. The GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe comes equipped with full LED headlamps with sharper Daytime running lights (DRLs), AMG Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins, sporty air intakes on the front bumper, a silver chrome front splitter, glossy black and chrome accents all around, 19-inch AMG Sport line 5-spoke alloy wheels as standard and 21-inch AMG alloy wheels as an optional. At the rear, the GLC 43 coupe features LED tail lamps, quad chrome-plated exhaust pipes and a sharp spoiler lip. The GLC 43 AMG Coupe also gets a dedicated sports suspension system with Air Body Control, adjustable dampers as standard, as well as adjustable ride height. Braking duties are handled by 2×360 mm discs with 4-piston callipers at the front and 2×320 mm discs with a single piston calliper at the rear. Dimensionally, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe measures 4,728 mm in length, 2,096 mm width and 1,587 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,873 mm. To offer passengers more comfortable journey, Mercedes-Benz has also provided a large boot space of 490-litre and can be further extended to 1,205-litre by folding down the second row of seats to adjust heavy and bigger luggage.
Inside the cabin, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe houses an 8.4-inch COMAND online touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, THERMATIC automatic climate control, ambient lighting, and 360-degree aerial-view camera. The vehicle also features AMG Line seats upholstery layout with upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather / DINAMICA microfibre as well as ARTICO leather used in the upper section of the dashboard. Other features in the cabin include a black leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, sporty red seat belts, stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, AMG instrument cluster and a 13-speaker Burmester 3D surround sound system mated to a 9-channel DSP amplifier. Other features include black exterior mirror housing, electric sunroof with Pre-Safe closing function and rain sensor. The vehicle also features an engine start or stop function.
In terms of safety, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe offers various safety features including 7 Airbags (a knee airbag on driver’s side), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ESP stability control, Active Brake Assist, Tractional Control, Adaptive Braking, Hill-Start Assist and much more.
In the Indian market, the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe will compete against the BMW X5 M40i.