As I drove the Mercedes AMG GLC 43 on the highway resulting in the Rashtrapati Bhawan, a uniform sense of hope and trill grew in me. A hope that the approaching yr can be all that 2020 was not. And secondly, the throaty exhaust, the soulful efficiency, and opulent contours of GLC 43 AMG made me imagine higher issues await on the doorstep.
The native manufacturing of this SUV-coupe will open up new home windows, not only for Mercedes-Benz India however all the luxurious phase. The SUV goes to show the tables for the AMG sub-brand in India. Earlier the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 topped the charts (efficiency coupes). Upgraded to AMG GLE 53, the value has shot north of Rs 1.20 crore (ex-showroom). This has allowed the AMG GLC 43 to fill the boots at Rs 76.6 lakh (ex-showroom). For reference, the 2017 pre-facelift GLC 43 Coupe (non-AMG) was priced at Rs 74.8 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The hole, beneath Rs 2 lakh, showcases the benefit of localization. Rivals, the closest it could get from BMW and Porsche, are within the type of X3M and Macan S, that are priced at Rs 99.9 lakh and Rs 85.03 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively.
The stance of AMG GLC resembles that of the GLC 300/300D coupe counterparts. But then you have got sure elements, which AMG 43 doesn’t like sharing with the siblings. The AMG-signature Panamericana grille, bi-turbo badge on the shoulder, and twin twin-tip exhausts add visible drama to the Coupe. The sloping roofline, excessive rise tailgate, and all different traits of a Coupe are nicely represented within the AMG 43. The 20-inch alloy wheels look acceptable in measurement. The adaptive multi-beam lights have gotten more and more widespread in Mercedes choices. The 43 stands out within the crowd and most significantly doesn’t overwhelm with the sheer bulk as the larger 53.
The revised exterior is humble and cheerful and I’m typically impressed with the extent of match and end of the Germans. The inside is what feels matured, top-notch, and uncompromisingly stunning. The GLC base is baked with a tasty layer of Coupe cheese and topped with freshly chopped AMG veggies. You dig into the sporty seats and so they comfortable you again. AMG will get the full-digital driver’s show and M-BUX-equipped touchscreen, very like the Coupe. The electrical sunroof, heated entrance seats, AMG steering wheel, Burmeister stereo, and the private assistant within the type of Mercedes Me come as part of the consolation suite. The house is beneficiant for 4 grown-ups. Taller occupants might scrap their heads in opposition to the roof within the second roof. The likelihood is excessive that you simply by no means sit there.
The coronary heart of the matter, which you’ll’t see however excites your senses is the 3-litre, twin-turbo V6 — essentially the most highly effective of all of them within the GLC lineup obtainable. It doesn’t defy the principles of physics however is sweet sufficient to shock you. Floor the pedal and the AMG zooms to 100 kmph from a standstill in 5 seconds … entire one-and-a-half seconds faster than the GLC Coupe. The gruff sound stemming out the exhaust pipes is pleasant to take heed to. This entry-level AMG employs a nine-speed torque converter automated as a substitute of the multi-plate moist clutch. The gear shift in GLC 43 aren’t as crisp as the larger AMG GLE 53 and takes a fraction of a second greater than it ideally ought to have. Not loads of distinction to the bare eyes however sufficient to show down fanatics.
There is a delicate aspect to the GLC 43 as nicely. Toggle between the drive modes to land on the consolation mode. Within the blink of an eye fixed, the AMG GLC 43 turns right into a modest metropolis automobile. The AMG steering unit feels lighter to function and the journey high quality barely much less agency. Unlike GLC and the Coupe, the AMG 43 works on adaptive air suspension (three ranges).
The dealing with is sharp and to-the-point. There is a little bit of physique roll across the corners, nonetheless, the supportive seats do a good-looking job in conserving your form proper. Though a 4Matic (4-wheel drive), AMG GLC 43 will get extra of a rear-wheel-biased drivetrain. The prime velocity is electronically restricted to 250 kmph. In phrases of security, AMG GLC comes with a set of Mercedes package deal. 7 airbags, lively brake help, 24X7 Mercedes Me join and extra are a part of the package deal.
Most of us will drool over the AMG GLC 43 and want to personal it someday. It is constructed on the genes of bigger AMG and presently sits in no man’s land by way of pricing. To those it’s truly accessible, Mercedes-Benz India has executed an honest job to make an influence.