Mercedes Unveils AMG GLC 43 and GLC 63 S E Performance Coupes
Mercedes has unveiled the highly anticipated AMG GLC 43 and GLC 63 S E Performance coupe SUVs, showcasing a sleek, sporty design. These models introduce a blend of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains alongside their turbocharged engines. The GLC 43 Coupe is slated to hit the market in early 2024, while the GLC 63 S E Performance coupe is expected to arrive in the latter part of the following year as a 2025 model.
Both models now feature a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, departing from the outgoing model’s 3.0-litre bi-turbo, six-cylinder setup. The GLC 43 coupe, equipped with mild-hybrid technology, boasts 416hp and 500Nm of torque, accelerating from 0-100 kph in just 4.7 seconds, and a top speed electronically limited to 250kph.
The GLC 63 S E Performance coupe, on the other hand, comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Its engine alone generates 469hp, while the electric motors contribute an additional 201hp, resulting in a combined power output of 671hp and a formidable 1,019Nm of torque. This variant can reach a top speed of 275kph, achieving 0-100kph in an impressive 3.4 seconds. The hybrid system offers a pure electric driving range of approximately 12km.
Shared Performance Features:
Both coupes share key performance features, including an all-wheel-drive system, rear-wheel steering, and a 9-speed automatic gearbox. They come equipped with high-performance brakes, speed-sensitive steering, and adjustable suspension dampers as standard. The GLC 63 S E Performance also boasts an active anti-roll system, while AMG’s Dynamic Select drive mode is a standard feature, offering five settings for the GLC 43 and eight for the 63 S E Performance.
Distinctive Design and Interiors:
In addition to their coupe-inspired sloped rear ends, both models showcase quintessential AMG design elements. These include an AMG-specific grille, sportier front and rear bumpers, alloy wheels available in sizes up to 21 inches, AMG-specific side skirting, and a pronounced rear diffuser with quad exhausts.
Inside the cabin, drivers will find an AMG-spec steering wheel, sporty seats upholstered in nappa leather with AMG branding on the pedals and floor mats, and illuminated door sills. The digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system feature unique AMG graphics.
Indian Launch Prospects:
While there has been no official confirmation regarding the launch of the AMG GLC coupes in India, Mercedes previously offered the previous generation GLC Coupe in AMG 43 guise. It remains to be seen whether the new-gen models, or both, will be introduced to the Indian market. As for other coupe SUVs, Mercedes currently offers the AMG GLE Coupe in India in 53 4Matic guise.