2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe to Debut in Paris
Published September 3, 2016
The current market for crossovers grows by the day. While this genre of automobile appears to be a love it or hate it affair, almost every major car brand is jumping on the bandwagon to tap into this wildly popular market. Clouding the gap between hot hatch and SUV even further are cars like the BMW X4 and the upcoming Mercedes GLC Coupe. Topping off the new model will be the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe which will debut at the Paris Auto Show later this month.
Ever since the BMW X6 was reviewed on the original Top Gear, I have found this segment of vehicles confusing. And while I can’t find fault with the styling of the AMG GLC43 Coupe I sure do hate calling it a coupe. Naming conventions aside, the front of the AMG doesn’t change much from the standard GLC Coupe aside from extra silver chrome accents around the splitter and air intakes. The wheels get an upgrade as well to black painted, 20-inch alloy multi-spoke and as if buying a Mercedes wasn’t expensive enough, the wheels are staggered to make rotation impossible. In the rear, the same additions of silver chrome are seen along with quad tip exhaust.
Although exterior design changes on any AMG offer a better sense of aggressiveness, the real reason someone buys one (other than to shout, look I have more money than people buying the base model) is under the hood. Sporting the same 3.0 L V6 biturbo as its other 43-series brethren, the AMG GLC43 Coupe touts 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. This launches the quirky compact SUV to 60 mph in a blistering 4.8 seconds on its way to the electronically limited 130 mph top speed. The engine mates to the normal 9G-Tronic 9-speed transmission which has been enhanced by AMG and features shorter shift times. Of course this is combined with the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive featuring a 31/69 rear bias, upgraded suspension and AIR BODY CONTROL.
No performance model would be complete without a matching interior. Featuring the typical aluminum sporty accents in place of wood-grain and a multi-function flat-bottom sport steering wheel the interior is the same sport induced luxury-vibe we are used to from Mercedes-AMG. The seats get more support and are wrapped in black MB-Tex with black DINAMICA microfiber which is offset with racy red stitching. These seats get the signature red seat belts to match. The center armrest leads to a carbon fiber center stack leading up to the dash while peering through the steering wheel shows dials with a checkered flag appearance on each side of the 5.5-inch screen.
Whether we despise or enjoy the crossover craze, it’s clear Mercedes knows how to invoke emotion with its design. Factor in all the goodies that accompany the regular GLC Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is a force to be reckoned with. However, the practicality of a small crossover with a sloping roofline will likely have little room for legs or adult heads in the back. And while Mercedes included the ability to raise the ground clearance and a self-leveling suspension, I doubt it has any real off-road capability. That being said, those who would be interested in this eye appealing 4-door, raised coupe likely care more about Mercedes status, power, looks, and a little bit of utility. And for what it is, it’ll likely be a great ride. Check out the gallery below until they become available in the US during the summer of 2017.
Information and pictures courtesy Mercedes-Benz.
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