Mercedes-Benz has released images and details of its performance AMG GLC Coupé ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.
Featuring the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine and nine-speed auto gearbox as other Mercedes-AMG 43-badged variants, the GLC 43 produces similar figures to the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe and Cabriolet (270kW and 520Nm) and pushes the SUV to 100km/h in just 4.9seconds from a standstill, on its way to a top speed of 250km/h.
The nine-speed transmission has a sportier tune with faster shift times and can also be driven in manual mode at the push of a button, with shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
It also features a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system that runs a default torque split of 31:69, which means sends 69 per cent of its power to the rear wheels in most conditions, improving traction and providing a more rear-driven feel for the driver.
A retuned Air Body Control air suspension allows adjustments to ride height and helps cancel out body roll, and can also be raised up when off-roading capability is called for.
The GLC 43 Coupé is fitted with AMG’s Dynamic Select System, so drivers will be able to select from Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes.
The Coupé’s looks are based on the regular GLC 43, riding on 19-inch twin-spoke alloys as standard or 21-inch alloys as an added-cost option. Other optional extras include performance seats and carbon-fibre trim.
The GLC 43 Coupe’s interior is upholstered in black leather with red accents and aluminium trim. A standard 7-inch screen with race-timer functions is also included. There’s 491 litres of boot space in the rear, or 1400-litres with the rear seats folded down.
A local market launch will happen in December 2016, and we expect to receive exact timings and pricing closer as the event draws near.