MERCEDES-AMG GLC 43 COUPE
Overdrive|November 2020
Mercedes-AMG’ most accessible offering returns spruced up, and in a first, locally assembled
TUHIN GUHA

Type 2,996cc, V6 twin-turbo petrol

Max power 390PS @5,500-6,100rpm

Max torque 520Nm @2,500-5,000rpm

LxWxH(mm) 4,729x1,931x1,585

Price ₹76.7 lakh, ex-showroom

OD Rating

+ve - AMG looks and sounds, features list, pricing

- ve - Stiff ride doesn’t translate into comparable agility, low-end powertrain response

It’s not very often you call a raging AMG SUV-coupe such as the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe one of the more momentous cars to have launched in India in the past year. But this one comes close, it’s the first-ever AMG model to be assembled in India. Now, this might not mean much to most regular car buyers, but as a marker to the growth of the Indian auto industry, and its swift post-COVID recovery, there aren’t too many better examples out there. As for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe itself, it promises to offer a seemingly no-compromise recipe of tasty AMG thrills in a more approachable package, until the Mercedes-AMG A 35 sedan arrives at least. Like the standard GLC and the GLC 300d Coupe introduced earlier this year, this too has been treated to a fairly significant mid-life update.

Styling

When we drove the standard, diesel GLC Coupe, we weren’t totally convinced by its take on how an SUV-coupe should look like, the general debate over this body style aside. This AMG-fettled version largely corrects that. See it alongside the older car, and the new GLC 43 seems to do a far better job of capturing the essence of what an AMG should look like.

The Panamericana grille and the ornamental slatted and honeycombed bumper treatment create a more direct link to larger AMG SUVs. The sinewed bodywork around the sides and the lower ride height are of greater effectiveness though, giving the GLC 43 a less top-heavy, athletic stance. Of course, these very attractive split five-spoke 20-inch wheels help with that feeling, now one size larger than the pre-facelift car. Personally, most effective is the new-gloss-black finished diffuser motif to the rear bumper and the AMGspecific quad exhaust setup aside it. This cuts through what is quite a visually heavy rear end and makes the entire car look significantly more cohesive.

Interiors and Features

Here you have the fast-car must-haves like the flat-bottomed, suede-finished AMG steering wheel and the contrasting red seat belts and stitching. Even the model-specific front seats are done up in suede and offer almost infinite adjustability and support if a very aggressive side bolster that makes getting into them a bit difficult.

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