Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG launched in India at Rs 74.8 lakh: specs, price, images and features

The GLC 43 Coupe is set to launch today with a 362bhp bi-turbo V6 that can go from standstill to a 100kmph in under five seconds.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC “fastback” coupe’ is a compilation of contrasts, it’s a coupe’ based on an SUV which is loosely based on the C-Class sedan. Now if that’s not enough for you, Mercedes-Benz Indis bringing in the Affalterbach fettled AMG version of the GLC coupe, the GLC43 AMG Coupe. Unlike its more brutal twin turbo V8 slinging 63 siblings, the GLC43 Coupe gets a twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 that churns out 362 horsepower and 520 Nm of twist. Now the GLC coupe gets a few interesting tweaks from other AMGs, including a nine-speed torque converter gearbox that is programmed to deliver faster shifts than the same one in a non-AMG. It also gets a rear biased rear wheel drive system with a 31:69 delivery ratio, although we suspect that this is something that AMG did so the GLC43 would wag its tail around corners. Add them all together and you have a utility vehicle that will decimate the 100kmph mark in 4.8 blistering seconds. Now we expect the baby AMG to hit showrooms in CBU format and that it will cost about Rs.80 lakh once launched.

1:45 pm: The Mercedes-AMG C43 is the first ever coupe SUV to be launched in India, in fact it’s so compact that its just 7cm over the 4 metre mark.

1:40 pm: Measurements of the C43 AMG are quite compact, it will be 4728 mm in length 2096mm in width and have a wheelbase of 2873mm.

1:35 pm: The Mercedes-AMG format will feature a four wheel drive system which divides the power in a 39:61 format biased to the rear to retain the classic AMG character while improving in corner stability.

1:30 pm: Performance wise the Mercedes-AMG C43, will get to the 100kmph mark in 4.8 seconds and is electronically limited 250 kmph.

1:25 pm: The interiors get hand-made ARTICO leather seats with red-stitching.Additionally, carbon fibre and aluminium inserts.

1:10 pm: Mercedes-AMG C43 has been launched at a price of Rs 74.8 lakh (ex-showroom India) which is about 6 lakh less than what we had expected. And follows the trends of post-GST Mercedes Benz cars.

1:05 pm: Mercedes-AMG C43  will have a 490-litre boot which can be extended 1205 litres by folding the second row of seats.

1:00 pm: Mercedes-Benz will also be offering their two tier extended service plan with the C43 AMG starting with the Star-Ease package which ensures faster service and response times for customers and the Star-Care package which extends to warranty period to 4 years.

12:55 pm: The year 2017 is a historic year marker for AMG as well, as they celebrate 50 years of making monsters out of regular road going Mercedes-Benz cars. Dating back to 1976 when the AMG plant was founded.

12:50 pm: Over the course of this year AMG has continued to expand their footprint in India with the AMG driving academy and two new AMG performance centres in Chennai and Kochi. As the brand becomes more recognisable among enthusiasts Mercedes-Benz will create more in-roads for AMG into the subcontinent.

12:45 pm: The AMG 43s were first launched in 2015 with the smaller bi-turbos V6s, as compared to the larger twin-scroll turbo V8 on the 63 series AMGs. With that AMG sales have grown by 44% selling a record 100,000 AMGs in 2016.

12:40 pm: Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG will come with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and the instrumentation will have a checkered-flag pattern. The seatbelt s will be red adding a sporty appeal to the interior and also, the center console can be trimmed in carbon fibre.

12:30 pm: The Mercedes-AMG C43 will come with a 9-speed torque converter, which has been tweaked for quicker shifts. Now that will be sent to the 4-matic transfer which is set to a 31:69 rear bias.

12:25 pm: Mercedes-Benz have been one of the big gainers in terms of GST, the GLA was launched at a surprisingly competitive Rs. 30 lakh ex-showroom India. If they can continue this trend with the C43 AMG and price it competitively then there is a chance that the coupe’ SUV will exceed expectations.

12:20 pm: This just in, the Mercedes-AMG C43  coupe will wiegh in at 1855kg while it’s top speed will be limited to 250 kmph which interesting is significantly more than the internation models. Dimensionally speaking the C43 coupe will be 4728 mm in length 2096mm in width and have a wheelbase of 2873mm.

12:15 pm:  Aufrecht, Melcher and Großaspach or AMG is the high-performance sub brand of Mercedes-Benz that takes a road-going car, rip the engine out and replace it with a mental bi-turbocharged unit. The result is usually like Mr.Hyde version of the executive saloon or SUV.

12:10 pm: The GLC coupes gets a few AMG unique cosmetic upgrades as well in the form of the diamond-pattern grille, muscular front bumper and the silver side skirts – giving it an aggressive outlook. Add that to the GLC coupes already unique sloping roof fast-back design and you get a car that is properly drool worthy.

12:05 pm: As it with AMG’s 43 series, the GLC43 coupe ditches the bigger twin-scroll turbo V8 for a smaller 3.0 litre Bi-turbo V6. For an SUV this size, the V6 is likely to keep it exciting without scaring the living day-lights out of the driver.

12:00 pm:  This is also the first Coupe’ SUV to be sold in India, and it’s interesting body design will no doubt garner a lot of intrest in the brand.

11:55 am: This will be the eighth lauch by Mercedes-Benz India this year, preceeded by E220d, the AMG G 63 Edition 463 and the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

11:50 am: The baby AMG coupe will have a stiffened chassis, mated to a stiffer suspension set up to make it better around corners and compensate for body-roll.

11:40 am: In terms of performance the AMG will get from 0-100 in a blistering 4.8 seconds. Although the model sold internationally is electronically limited to 209 kmph. Which is even lower than the GLCs, which is slightly strange.

11:35 am: The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 AMG will get a rear biased four wheel drive system which is  biased to 31:69 to the rear-wheels. AMG have probably done this to counter four wheel drive understeer and retain AMGs classic tail happy nature.

11:30 am:  Mercedes-Benz India will bring the GLC43 AMG to the India market as a CBU, we expect it will cost around 80lakhs, which will put it directly in contention with the Porsche Macan Turbo. If Mercedes-Benz can find a lower price point they stand to make it look more competitive vis-a-vis the competiton.

11:25 am:  The internationally sold GLC43 AMG gets instrumentation with a ets a checkered-flag pattern, and a flat-bottomed steering. Red seatbelts add contrast to the all-black interior them accentuated by carbon fibre.

11:20 am: Once launched the GLC43 AMG will compete with the likes of the Porsche Macan Turbo and the Jaguar F-pace which are already on sale in India.

11:15 am: The GLC43 AMG coupe will come with four driving modes that include  Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus. Allowing the driver to tailor the characteristics according to his preferences.

11:10 am: The GLC43 AMG coupe will be the tenth AMG to be sold by Mercedes-Benz in India, and the ninth SUV. Whats more is this is their fourth launch of the year.

11:05 am: The GLC43  coupe will continue the new AMG nomenclature style and will be officially called the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 coupe. Dropping the Benz from the name.

11:00 am: The GLC43 coupe AMG like most 43s will derive its power from a 3.0-litre bi-turbo AMG V6 which produces 362 hp and 520 Nm of torque. Power will go to all four wheels through a nine-speed AMG-fettled torque converter unit.

10:55 am: In terms of kit, the GLC43 coupe gets 19-inch rims from the AMG sports line as standard, sharper projector LED DRLs, wrap-wraparound tail-lamps, and a quad exhaust setup.

10:50 am:  The GLC43 coupe will also get go-faster all black interiors with red stitching. The dash board continues the all-black theme with carbon fibre and aluminium inserts on the centre console.

10:45 am:  The GLC coupe sold internationally already has a very dynamic chassis, being derived from the C-class sedan. The AMG version has been re-worked even further for AMG duty, with stiffer suspension which reduces high-speed body roll and improves cornering capabilities.

10:40 am: In keeping with the new generation AMG nomenclature the GLC coupe will be officially known as the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe. With the Benz moniker being replaced by AMG.




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