Mercedes-Benz introduced the second generation of the GLC in the Fall of 2022, and in the Spring of 2023, it unveiled its Coupé sibling. And then, just a few weeks later, Mercedes-AMG released its performance versions: the GLC43 and the GLC63.
The new generation of Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupé was not exactly a surprise for the market, and the three-pointed star brand’s fans awaited it. After a treatment in the Affalterbach AMG’s facility, the compact SUV became more aggressive, more luxurious, and most importantly, more powerful. Even if it wasn’t the most outrageous version of the family, it could still provide enough oomph to enter into the sports car territory. But customers had to deal with the idea of having a four-pot under the hood instead of a V6 like on its predecessor.
AMG didn’t want its cars to pass unnoticed, so it began with the main grille on the GLC Coupé. As a result, it featured a Panamericana design with vertical slats. Underneath it, the automaker installed its specific A-shaped lower grille flanked by massive pentagonal-shaped side scoops. The headlights looked slightly different than those installed on the regular, non-AMG GLC, with single-line LED daytime running lights on their upper side. From its profile, the car manufacturer installed a set of 19” wheels with options for 20” or 21” ones. AMG also added a new set of aerodynamically profiled side sills. Finally, at the back, the automaker added a rear apron with a diffuser look flanked by two pairs of round tailpipes on each side of the vehicle.
Like any other AMG-labeled Mercedes product, the GLC43 Coupé featured specific, high-bolstered seats at the front upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather and Microcut AMG microfiber materials. These gave the car an upscale yet sporty look. Moreover, the driver fronted a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in perforated Nappa leather fitted with two aluminum paddle shifters behind it. On the center stack, the automaker installed a portrait-mode display for the MBUX infotainment system. Unlike the rest of the GLC range, this one featured additional menus and a “Supersport” style, allowing customers to display various contents vertically. Between the front occupants, the automaker placed a tall center console finished with piano-black trims and housing a storage compartment under the armrest. Behind, for the rear passengers, Mercedes-AMG installed an ARTICO/Microcut AMG microfiber-wrapped split-folding bench seat.
Under the hood, the car manufacturer ditched the former V6 engine and installed an electrified powerplant consisting of a two-liter turbocharged inline-four. It was fitted with a belt-driven starter-generator (RSG) that ensured not just a smooth transition between driving situations but also added an instant dose of torque when the driver pushed the accelerator all the way down. The system was paired with an AMG Speedshift MCT (multi-clutch technology) nine-speed automatic transmission that sent the power in all corners via a fixed 31:69 ratio.
Information about this model's engines has not been yet made public, but we will add it as soon as the car is launched or more data becomes available