More power, less trunk space. That essentially sums up the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe when compared to the GLC300, the top-selling model in the GLC lineup. The growth of the Mercedes-AMG sub-brand shows no sign of slowing. The GLC43 Coupe is a fastback crossover that appeals to drivers who want the most of the utility of a compact SUV with a sportier look. And now with some added performance.
The new model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 tuned able to produce 362 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 384 lb-ft of torque from 2500 to 4500 rpm. The power is channeled to all wheels through a nine-speed torque-converter automatic that’s programmed to deliver quicker shifts than in non-AMG models. AMG also has tweaked the all-wheel-drive system to operate with a 31:69 front-to-rear torque split, which is more rear biased than on regular Mercedes-Benzes.
The automaker claims the powertrain is strong enough to launch the coupe-inspired crossover from 0-60 mph in an estimated 4.8 seconds. Meanwhile, top speed is limited to 130 mph. Twenty-one-inch wheels are optional. The brakes also have been upgraded, and the Sport and Sport+ modes that control throttle response, suspension, and steering have been made more aggressive. The GLC43 Coupe will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on September 28th and will be available in the US early next year.