The world of crossovers has been flipped on its ear as of late as demand continues to swell for all shapes and sizes of these high-riding people haulers. The oddest of the new crossover fads is the coupe. Despite lacking all the good qualities of crossovers (headroom and cargo room) and having all of the bad qualities (bulky bodies and high ride heights), they are popular enough for BMW and Mercedes-Benz to release several versions. Today, we see the latest addition to this strange class, and it’s known as the Mercedes-AMG GLC43.
The look of the GLC Coupe is no surprise, as Mercedes unveiled this body a while back with the introduction of the GLC300 Coupe. What this model does gain are the typically sporty additions that come with the AMG badge. These include a chrome-tipped diamond-block grille, distinct front air inlets, silver-chrome front fins and splitter, black-painted 20-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels, chrome quad-exit exhaust tips, silver-chrome trim on the rear bumper, and a lip spoiler.
The AMG styling continues into the cabin with all kinds of sporty additions. These additions include red contrast stitching, longitudinal-grain aluminum trim, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats wrapped in MB-Tex and DINAMICA microfiber, red seatbelts, an AMG instrument panel with a 5.5-inch information display, and a race timer.
Beyond being sporty, the GLC43 is also feature packed. It includes an Audio 20 infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Frontbass, Bluetooth audio streaming and two USB ports, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe. Optionally, buyers can get a Burmester Surround Sound System with 13 speakers, navigation, COMAND with an 8.4-inch display, and more.
Now for what really makes this vehicle awesome: its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. This AMG-tuned powerplant churns out 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The engine pairs with a nine-speed auto transmission that features a five-mode AMG Dynamic Select system that allows the driver to choose Eco, Comfort, Sport, or Sport+ modes. Shipping power to all four wheels is a rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC system.
Mercedes plans to have the AMG GLC43 on showroom floors in the first quarter of 2017. Pricing will come as we near its release date.