Adding to its salvo of AMG powered cars, Mercedes-Benz will be launching the GLC 43 in India in July. Based on the GLC SUV that has proved to be quite popular in the country as an alternate to the likes of the traditional C-Class and E-Class owners, the GLC 43 is the mid-level performance version of the SUV and sits between the standard GLC and the fire breathing 63 AMG specification. In India, Mercedes-Benz only offers the GLC300 with a petrol engine and the GLC220d with the diesel engine. Expect pricing on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 to be about the Rs.85-90 lakh mark.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 adopts the AMG naming structure too with the AMG replacing the Benz in its name. The GLC 43 is available only with four-wheel-drive (just like the standard GLC in India) and gets the lovely 3-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that we have grown to love. The engine makes a remarkable 362 bhp and is coupled to the vastly improved 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic gearbox. The GLC 43 also gets air body control or air-suspension as standard. Performance figures are impressive with 100 kmph in mere 4.9 seconds and an electronically skilful top speed of 250 kmph. The GLC 43 will also get driving modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual that allow the driver to tailor the characteristics to individual preferences.
There are some exterior differences too. From the new AMG spec grille to the larger air intakes on the front bumper and the brushed silver front lip, the GLC 43 is certainly a more violent looking car than the standard version. You also get a set of 19-inch wheels from the AMG Sport line as standard on the SUV to compliment the performance look. The interiors also get an all-black interior option along with red stitching, a flat bottom steering wheel and red seat belts. The car also gets several carbon fiber trim pieces on the dashboard and the central console.