Mercedes-Benz will have one of the richest stands at this week’s New York Auto Show, with the Germans announcing one world premiere after the other, the latest one being the milder ‘43’ AMG version of their brand-new GLC Coupe.
If you haven’t been following the developments over at Mercedes lately, their short lived AMG Sport designation that was created to take the fight Audi’s S Quattro and BMW’s M-Performance lineups has been replaced with the AMG ‘43’ moniker.
Teased here in a sketch is the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe, as evidenced by the signature diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and gloss black louvers found in other ‘43’ AMG models, instead of the honeycomb background on the fully-fledged AMG ‘63’ models’.
The image also reveals the same design for the front bumper with enlarged corner air ducts and an aluminum splitter as on the newly announced Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 that will be joining the GLC Coupe for its world premiere in the Big Apple this week.
The two ‘43’ AMG models will share a tuned platform and a 362hp 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbocharged engine, paired to a 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shortened shift times and AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive configured with a rear bias. Expect similar performance figures to the regular-body GLC 43 AMG that hits 100km/h in 4.9 seconds (0-60mph in 4.8sec) and tops out at an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).