Look at you, a power horse in the attire of an SUV. Mercedes Benz GLC gets armed with an AMG badge but will that be enough to tinkle the speed demon from within? Well, we are precisely here to find that out.
From an Indian perspective, SUVs are supposed to look muscular and big while their attribute should be to take enough beating from any sort of terrain. However, the SUV that we have for you here today is of a different kind. It’s more on the lines for a tarmac scorcher that speaks design, sporty interior and hit loads of performance. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome MercedesAMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe.
How is it on the outside?
SUV Coupes aren’t that common in a country like ours. I still remember the first time that BMW introduced the X6, the audience was in awe for what it brought to the table. A unique exterior design, these sort of vehicles have their fashion statement to make and Mercedes AMG GLC 43 is no exception either. From a distance, this might look like the normal GLC Coupe however the moment you get closer its AMG kit makes it evident that it is a more powerful version. Up front, the diamond grille with an AMG badge reinstates its pedigree and so do the twin louvered air intakes, subtle chrome touches that are provided to the body all around. Its AMG inspired 19-inch wheels with a slightly broader rubber ensures that the stance further accentuates with the Coupe like silhouette. Though it is the rear that really makes an impression. The short overhang with its sloping roofline, a lip spoiler, elegant looking LED taillights, twin exhaust tailpipes are hard to miss.
How is it on the inside?
A departure from the ordinary GLC, this one gets an all-black interior with red stitching that can be found on the dashboard, steering wheel and on the seats. Then there is a flat bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters below that sits the instrument cluster comprising of black and grey chequered pattern dials. Overall, the cabin layout is not new especially the centre console and does feel very much similar to most Mercedes Benz cars and SUVs. In fact, with the black background, the insides do appear to be very compact. Its seats, for that matter, are very comfortable and, personally, I liked the side bolstering up front that holds one’s body in place especially while encountering those twisties. While the rear row offers comfort, but there’s shortage of legroom and headroom courtesy its sloping roofline which is concerning. Inclusion of red colour seat belts further adds flavour to the cabin.
How does it drive?
With so much gimmickry on the outside and on the inside, its time that we focused our attention on where it matters the most – performance. Mercedes AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe, therefore, features a 3.0-litre V6 BITURBO petrol engine under the hood. Its power delivery is linear so much to say that the SUV can accelerate from 0 – 100 kmph in 4.9 seconds. Mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the power is transmitted to all its four wheels. That said, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT caters to 5 different driving modes which allows you to enjoy the capability of this powertrain to its fullest.
During our stint with this vehicle, we mainly stuck to Eco mode in peak traffic while Comfort mode came more in handy while cruising and the Sport & Sport Plus was utilized to optimum on an open stretch of road. In fact, the pops and cracks of the exhaust system are music to the ears and will definitely bring a grin on your face while driving be it in Comfort or Sport mode. The ride quality, however, is on the stiffer side no matter which mode you select. undulations and potholes can be heard and felt well within the cabin. But then again given what AMG GLC 43 Coupe is all about, a stiffer suspension setup only helps it perform better.
Should I Buy?
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe is no ordinary SUV. It has got elegance and style that definitely helps attract all the attention towards it. Though the actual highlight of this package is the engine that would please the enthusiast from within and also help satisfy the urge of the speed demon wanting to extract the maximum out of this 3.0-litre V6 BITURBO
ENGINE: 3.0-litre V6 BITURBO
POWER: 362 bhp
TORQUE: 520 NM
TRANSMISSION: 9G-TRONIC automatic
PRICE: Starting From ₹ 78.03 lakh (ex-showroom)