The car, which boasts the same 3-litre V6 biturbo petrol engine as other AMG 43-badged models, is being marketed on its combination of performance and SUV capability, including a degree of off-road ability. It is designed to be a more potent version of the GLC without going the full AMG route.
The engine produces 367hp, along with 520Nm of torque, and is matched to a 9G-Tronic auto transmission. This has been modified to produce shortened shift times and includes a manual function.
An AMG Performance version of the 4Matic all-wheel-drive transmission is fitted, and configured to produce a rear axle bias. As a result the coupe will pass 62mph from rest in 4.9 seconds – matching its nearest rival the BMW X4 M40i – and go on to an electronically governed 155mph.
The GLC 43 4Matic Coupe includes the Air Body Control air suspension system with adaptive damping, which helps both its on-road handling and what Mercedes describes as “occasional off-road excursions”. The ground clearance can be raised by means of a cockpit button and pneumatic self-levelling is included.
Highlighting its AMG status the car gains bespoke styling, on the outside a bolder front bumper though not as aggressive as full AMG models, 19-inch alloy wheels, chrome quad exhausts and a compact but sharply-angled rear spoiler. Black leather trim and aluminium detailing features on the inside.
According to Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers, the new GLC 43 4Matic Coupé scores on its agility and driving dynamics. “With its expressive design and high everyday practicality the Coupé is able to appeal to new target audiences,” he says.
Prices for the car will be confirmed in October following its Paris debut, and it is expected in showrooms before the end of 2016.