Hotter crossover-coupe will officially debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Never mind the fact that the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe isn't actually a coupe, the swoopy five-door is following in the footsteps of its more conventional sibling with the addition of this AMG GLC43 variant. Featuring a biturbocharged V6 and a retuned suspension, this hotter GLC ought to be pretty nice to drive, striking a great balance between the base GLC300 and upcoming (we hope) GLC63.
Under the hood, Mercedes uses the same AMG-tuned engine found in the rest of its 43-series range, a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 with 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That's enough power to propel the all-wheel-drive crossover-coupe to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds, all that power being managed by Merc's super-smooth 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes' usual Dynamic Select modes are fitted to the GLC43, with Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual modes offering a broad spectrum of driving characteristics. Plus, the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is retuned for AMG duty, with a default torque split of 31 percent to the front and 69 percent to the rear. The suspension is retuned, as well, and honestly, if this thing drives anything like the C450 AMG Sport (soon to be C43) on which its based, we expect very good things.
Really, the AMG GLC43 Coupe's only competitor right now is BMW's X4 M40i. Comparing the two where it counts, the GLC is more powerful by 7 hp and 41 lb-ft, and is about half a second quicker to 60 mph. And, if you ask us, the Mercedes looks way better.
We won't have to wait long to see the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe – it'll bow at the Paris Motor Show in late September. Global sales will kick off shortly thereafter, with U.S.-spec models set to arrive in the first quarter of 2017, following the launch of the GLC300 Coupe.
Have a look through Mercedes' press release below for more details.
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe
Unique combination of agility, elegance and everyday practicality
Mercedes-AMG is once again extending its product portfolio with the addition of a very dynamic model: the new Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe combines a sporty, elegant design with the brand's hallmark driving performance and the advantages of an SUV in terms of seating position, interior flexibility and traction off-road. The 362 hp AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo engine, AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission with shortened shift times and the AMG Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, configured with a rear bias, form the basis for an especially dynamic on-road driving experience. A significant contribution is also made here by the AMG Sport Suspension based on the multi-chamber air suspension system, AIR BODY CONTROL, with adaptive damping adjustment. Additionally, the AMG GLC43 Coupe is able to undertake occasional off-road excursions: the ground clearance can be increased at the touch of a button and pneumatic all-round self-levelling ensures constant vehicle level at all times.
"The new GLC43 Coupe is characterized by a high level of agility and sporty driving dynamics. With its expressive design and high everyday practicality, the Coupe is able to appeal to new target audiences," according to Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The GLC Coupe fulfills a very wide variety of tasks with style: the unmistakable design stands out from the crowd without being overpowering, sports car-like performance reveals the Coupe to be a thoroughbred performance car and convenience settings selectable at the touch of a button make it a reliable companion whatever the conditions. The GLC43 Coupe accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and its speed is electronically limited to 130 mph.
Spontaneous and powerful: the AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo engine
The AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo engine is used in numerous AMG Performance models. It delivers a maximum output of 362 hp plus maximum torque of 384 lb-ft. Installed close to the engine, the two turbochargers react quickly to throttle inputs. The performance yield comes courtesy of a high amount of boost pressure, which has been increased to 16 psi. The NANOSLIDE® coating of the cylinder liners is also used in the Formula 1® engines of MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS team. Especially tough and wear-resistant, this coating reduces friction, contributing to higher efficiency. The same applies to the spray-guided multiple injections with up to 2900 psi of fuel pressure. Visually, the powerplant can be identified by a red aluminum insert on the engine cover and an AMG logo.
Short shift times, high efficiency: AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC transmission
The new AMG GLC43 Coupe is equipped with an AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9- speed automatic transmission, which Mercedes-AMG developers have specially configured for a more dynamic driving experience by way of a dedicated software application to reduce shift times. Courtesy of multiple downshifts, quick bursts of speed are possible with the 9G-TRONIC transmission. Thanks to precise ignition mapping, a double-clutching function allows more emotional and quicker gear changes in the "Sport," "Sport+" and "Manual" transmission modes.
"Manual" mode can be selected using a separate button on the center console. Gear change speeds are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear using the standard wheel-mounted shift paddles. Moreover, the transmission will stay in a selected gear until redline without shifting.
More agility: AMG Sport Suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROL
For added agility, more neutral cornering behavior and higher traction when driving at speed, engineers in Affalterbach have designed a dedicated sport suspension on the basis of the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension system. The four-link front axle is fitted with special steering knuckles and load-bearing joints; all components have been optimized in terms of rigidity. Additionally, negative camber on the front axle and on the multi-link rear axle enhances lateral dynamics. The elastokinematics of both axles have been designed to be more rigid in general. The sum of these measures improves agility and boosts overall driving dynamics.
The multi-chamber air suspension system with a sporty spring/damper set-up and continuously variable damping adjustment combines excellent vehicle dynamics with a high level of ride comfort. The spring elements, which feature a composite design that is both lightweight and strong, helps to reduce weight compared with a conventional air suspension system.
AMG developers have used a special configuration to define each of the four spring rates, which are selected to suit the current transmission mode and driving conditions. In "Comfort" mode, the handling ranges from neutral to slight understeer. In "Sport" mode, the GLC43 Coupe handles significantly more dynamically with reduced roll thanks to the harder spring rate. "Sport+" mode delivers further enhanced agility and cornering ability due to the front and rear axles being sprung with different spring rates.
During sudden changes of load, fast cornering, heavy acceleration or hard braking, the spring rate is automatically made harder on the front or rear axle. This effectively reduces roll and pitching while stabilizing the vehicle.
The adaptive damping adjustment also features in a model-specific configuration and offers a choice of the three modes "Comfort," "Sport" and "Sport+." This provides for a high level of comfort on long journeys and sporty driving dynamics when desired.
With the AIR BODY CONTROL suspension, the GLC43 Coupe is uniquely suited for occasional excursions onto unpaved terrain with the ability to increase ride height at the touch of a button for more ground clearance – even while on the move. The fording depth of 11.8 inches and the approach angle of 21.2 degrees and departure angle of 21.8 degrees are evidence of the off-road capabilities of the Coupe. It is equally suitable as a towing vehicle: it has a braked towing capacity of up to 3,501 lbs.
Rear-biased and agile: AMG Performance 4MATIC®
The standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel drive combines optimum traction, hallmark AMG vehicle dynamics and maximum driving pleasure. The system features a rear-biased torque distribution of 31 percent to the front axle and 69 percent to the rear axle. This arrangement ensures greater vehicle dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road as well as improved traction as it uses the dynamic shift in power delivery toward the rear axle during acceleration, ensuring more torque in the rear. A multi-disc clutch with a locking effect of 36 lb-ft guarantees that the frictional connection potential of all four wheels is guaranteed, particularly on snow and ice. On road surfaces with different levels of grip, the all-wheel drive system responds with targeted brake application on one wheel in order to also ensure optimum traction.
Characteristics at the tap of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT
With five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, the driving characteristics of the GLC43 Coupe can be tailored to suit individual preferences at the tap of a finger. The broad range extends from efficient and comfortable to extremely sporty by way of modifying key parameters such as throttle response, transmission shift points, suspension stiffness and steering feel. Independent of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch to a manual-shifting mode, in which gearshifts are executed through use of the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
The AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes "Sport" and "Sport+" are even more strongly configured for driving dynamics in the GLC43 Coupe than in the series-production models thanks to the more agile and direct accelerator characteristics, sporty gear changes with reduced shift times, double-declutching function and cylinder shut-off. An increased idle speed also facilitates improved acceleration from a standstill.
In order to increase efficiency, ECO start/stop and a “sailing” function helps to reduce fuel consumption when in "Eco" mode: when the driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 37 and 99 mph, the clutch is disengaged and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain and the car’s engine speed is reduced to idle.
"Comfort" mode provides for particularly enjoyable driving. To ensure maximum possible driving safety in this mode, spring and damper forces are instantaneously adjusted in case of a sudden evasive maneuver.
Direct and with clear feedback: speed-sensitive sport steering
The speed-sensitive sport steering system has a variable ratio in the AMG GLC43 Coupe and stands out with its precise, highly authentic feedback. Steering power assistance is adjusted in the two stages: "Comfort" or "Sport." Relevant steering characteristics are automatically activated depending on the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode or can be personalized in the "Individual" mode.
The sport-tuned braking system with internally ventilated compound brake discs decelerates the AMG GLC43 Coupe reliably and quickly. Perforated discs in with 4- piston fixed calipers and AMG lettering are fitted on the front axle, while discs with 1-piston floating calipers are featured at the rear.
Assistance systems such as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Crosswind Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST® and PRE-SAFE® enhanced on-board safety as standard. Comfort and safety can be further enhanced with additional driver assistance systems.
Sporty and distinctive: the exterior design
The front view of the GLC43 Coupe reveals its independent character with the chrome-tipped diamond-block radiator grille, a louver in high-gloss black with a high-gloss chrome insert and AMG lettering. The distinctive air intakes in the AMG front bumper feature fins in silver chrome. Down below, a silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules.
Compared with the GLC43 SUV, the A-pillar features a flatter slope angle. The squat greenhouse blends in seamlessly with the side of the vehicle to emphasize the coupe silhouette. The interplay between high beltline and wide shoulders results in proportions that lend the GLC Coupe its dynamic looks.
High-gloss black-painted, high-sheen 20-inch AMG multispoke light-alloy wheels dominate the side view. Tires are also staggered-fitment, with 255/45 R20 tires on the front axle and 285/40 R20 tires on the rear axle. Several additional wheel and tire combinations are available in sizes up to 21 inches.
The tail-end of the AMG GLC43 Coupe exudes a sporty, aesthetic appeal with chrome-plated quad design tailpipes. The AMG-specific rear bumper sports trim in silver chrome. Narrow, divided taillamps and a sharp spoiler lip invoke the design line displayed for the first time with the S-Class Coupe and followed by all coupe models from Mercedes-AMG.
Sporty characteristics: the interior design
The interior of the AMG GLC43 Coupe reinforces the consistently dynamic bias with numerous specially-designed details. The color combination of black with red contrast stitching is a characteristic element. Longitudinal-grain aluminum trim highlights the Coupe’s sporty aspirations. A multifunction steering wheel in black leather and red contrasting topstitching features a flattened bottom section and is ideally suited to sporty driving.
Both driver and front passenger enjoy a secure position in standard sport seats, even when driving at speed, thanks to the improved lateral support. Upholstery in black MB-Tex/DINAMICA microfiber boasts its own seat upholstery layout plus red topstitching. To match the seat design, door center panels are styled in the same material. As a result, the standard red seat belts also blend into the design. The AMG instrument cluster places two large round dials and a 5.5-inch multifunction color display, in the driver's direct field of vision. Dials with a checkered-flag look lend the large displays an especially sporty touch. Customers with a passion for motorsports will be pleased to note the inclusion of a “RACE TIMER” for recording lap times on closed-off tracks.
Flexible and spacious: the space conditions
For all its sportiness, the dynamic newcomer also impresses with some practical advantages. Split-folding rear seat backrests, which fold down in the ratio 40:20:40, enable a variety of configurations to be used for particularly long or bulky items of luggage.
Comprehensive: infotainment features
Standard equipment in the GLC43 Coupe includes an Audio 20 infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Frontbass®, Bluetooth® hands-free function, audio streaming and two USB ports. The optional Garmin® MAP PILOT with live traffic expands the Audio 20 system into a full-fledged navigation system with integrated traffic jam avoidance. The navigation software and map data are supplied on an optional SD card.
When COMAND® is installed, the color media display features an 8.4-inch screen and has an even higher resolution. It also allows optional digital radio reception and offers a host of other features including hard-disc navigation, up-to-date and accurate live traffic information, optional WiFi hotspot functionality and an advanced voice-control system.
Concert hall level musical enjoyment is possible with the optional Burmester® Surround Sound System. This optional system includes a 9-channel DSP amplifier, 13 speakers and an overall system output of 590 watts.
The new Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe will celebrate its world premiere on September 28th at the Paris Motor Show. The AMG GLC43 Coupe will be available in U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2017.