Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and GLC 63 S E Performance: Stylish Duo Debuts
Following the debut of the GLC 63 S E Performance and GLC 43 SUVs in July to cater to those seeking practicality and performance, Mercedes-AMG is now introducing the coupe variants of these successful models.
First of all, both have the same features as their SUV counterparts, but with a more sporty coupe body style; they also use the same M139 2.0-litre engine.
Starting with the junior Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, it ditches the previous model’s 3.0-litre V6 unit for the aforesaid M139 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with 310kW and 500Nm of torque. It dashes from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds before maxing out at 250km/h which is still impressive despite the lack of the V6 powerplant.
The GLC 63 S E Performance, on the other hand, also makes use of the same powerhouse, but with the help of instantaneous electric spooling and a rear-mounted electric motor. The engine alone pumps out 350kW and 545Nm, while the electric motor generates 150kW and 320Nm for a total power output of 500kW and an earth-shaking 1,020Nm of torque.
The 63 S E Performance accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds en route to a top speed of 275 km/h, thus matching its SUV counterpart.
Both models shuffle through an AMG 9-speed MCT transmission that drives all four wheels via the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system.
As mentioned above, the most notable difference between the SUV and the coupe variants is the coupe-like design, which is further complemented by a Panamericana grille with vertical slats, sports air intakes and flicks, aggressive diffusers, and round exhaust tips for the GLC 43 and trapezoidal for the GLC 63 S E Performance.
The interior remains pretty much the same, courtesy of AMG-specific seats covered in exclusive upholstery, a performance steering wheel, sports pedals, backlit door sills, AMG-specific displays on a 12.3-inch driver display, and an 11.9-inch portrait-oriented centre touchscreen system.
Like the SUV models, buyers can have the Exterior Night Package, AMG Night Package, AMG Night Package Exterior II, AMG Carbon Exterior Package, or AMG Styling Package for an added fee.
Besides having similar design cues, the GLC 43 boasts a 545-litre boot space with all the seats up or 1,490 litres with the second row folded flat. The 63 S E Performance, on the other hand, is a margin smaller, with 390-litres and 1,335-litres. But then again, the SUVs prove to be practical enough, with 620/1,680 litres and 470/1,530 litres, respectively.
Mercedes-AMG hasn't announced an official release date for the duo just yet, but rumours suggest that they'll be here to take on the X3 M40i and X3 M Competition later this year. The coupe SUVs will compete with vehicles like the BMW X4 M40i and X4 M Competition.