Unlike their ICE-only predecessors, new coupe SUVs feature hybrid powertrains.
Mercedes has taken the wraps off the AMG GLC 43 and GLC 63 S E Performance coupe SUVs. Featuring a sportier design, the coupe SUVs also feature mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with their turbocharged engines. The GLC 43 Coupe will arrive in early 2024, whilst the GLC 63 S E Performance coupe will launch in the latter part of next year as a 2025 model.
- GLC 43 Coupe will launch in early 2024
- AMG GLC 63 S E features plug-in hybrid powertrain
- No official pricing available for both models yet
Mercedes AMG GLC 43, 63 S E Performance coupe powertrains
Both the coupe SUVs are now powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged motor, ditching the 3.0-litre bi-turbo, six cylinder engine from the outgoing model. Mercedes claims the GLC 43 coupe features mild-hybrid technology, generates 416hp and 500Nm of torque, with a 0-100 kph of 4.7 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 250kph.
On the other hand, the GLC 63 S E Performance coupe has a plug-in hybrid powertrain with the engine capable of producing 469hp on its own. A further 201hp is added by the electric motors for a combined power output of 671hp and 1,019Nm of torque. The 63 S E Performance coupe has an electronically limited top speed of 275kph, with an impressive 0-100kph time of 3.4 seconds. The hybrid system is also claimed to offer a pure electric driving range of just 12km.
Besides the engines, the two coupes share an all-wheel-drive system, rear-wheel steering and a 9-speed automatic gearbox. They boast high-performance brakes, speed-sensing steering and adjustable suspension dampers as standard. The GLC 63 S E Performance also features an active anti-roll system, and AMG’s Dynamic Select drive mode is standard on both vehicles. The GLC 43 features five settings whilst the 63 S E Performance boasts 8 different settings for the drivers to choose from.
Mercedes AMG GLC 43, 63 S E Performance coupe design, interiors
Besides the coupe-like sloped rear end, the GLC 43 and the 63 S E Performance coupes feature typical AMG design cues. This includes AMG-specific grille, sportier front and rear bumpers, new alloy wheels of up to 21-inch in size, AMG-specific side skirting and a prominent rear diffuser with quad exhausts – two on each side.
Inside, the vehicles feature AMG-spec steering wheel, sporty seats with nappa leather with AMG branded pedals and floor mats, and illuminated door sills. There’s also unique AMG graphics on the digital instrument cluster and the touchscreen infotainment system.
Mercedes AMG GLC 43, 63 S E Performance coupe India launch
While there has been no official confirmation on whether the AMG GLC coupes will make it to Indian shores, Mercedes did offer the previous generation of the GLC Coupe in India in AMG 43 guise. It remains to be seen which version of the new-gen model, or if both, are brought to India. As far as other coupe SUVs are concerned, Mercedes does offer the AMG GLE Coupe in India in 53 4Matic guise.