Facelifted Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe SUV to launch in India on November 3

Tuhin Guha Published: October 23, 2020, 10:21 AM IST

Mercedes-Benz India's next launch for India is the revised 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe SUV. Most notably, this is the first AMG to be locally assembled by Mercedes in India at its Chakan facility. The GLC 43 completes the facelifted GLC line-up for India, joining the standard GLC SUV and the GLC 300d coupe SUV that launched earlier this year.

Some software tweaks have freed 23PS from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 in the pre-facelift GLC 43. This motor now makes 390PS and an unchanged 520 Nm.  This unit pairs with the AMG 9-speed TCT gearbox and the 4Matic AWD system with its rear-biased 31:69 torque split. The GLC 43 can get from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.9s and go on to a 250 kmph top-speed. There are Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual drive modes to chose from, as well as a simplified AMG Dynamics ESP system with its Basic and Advanced modes.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe differentiates itself from the standard GLC visually with its vertically slatted Panamericana grille, AMG-specific front bumper with a more prominent lip, 19-inch AMG wheels, and a more aggressive rear bumper with diffuser inserts. Of course, the changes that came with the facelift have carried over here as well.

On the inside, there are more supportive AMG sports seats, the flat-bottomed suede-trimmed AMG wheel with the AMG display buttons being an optional extra, and different leather and suede finished interior trim with red highlights. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster features AMG-specific graphic as does the 10.25-inch infotainment screen.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 should come to India at a reasonable price, given its local manufacturing. We expect it to be priced between Rs 75-80 lakh, ex-showroom. The GLC 300d Coupe is priced at Rs 62.70 lakh


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