Mercedes-AMG crossover assembly localized in IndiaNovember 8, 2020
An enterprise in the Indian state of Maharashtra began to produce Mercedes-AMG models.
Daimler spoke about the localization of the production of Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe crossovers in India. “Charged” cross-coupes will be assembled at the plant in Chakan on a full cycle. The relocation of the assembly from Germany to India will enable local consumers to save about Rs 2.5 million.
Technically, the Indian-made Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe will be no different from the German one: the same 390-horsepower (520 Nm) 3.0-liter petrol V6 will be registered under the hood, the transmission is a 9-speed robotized transmission, four-wheel drive. Despite the localization of the full-cycle assembly, power units for AMG models in India will not be produced: the power plants at the plant in Chakan are imported from Germany.
The Indian-made Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe will cost local consumers 7.670 million rupees, that is, the price tag of the cross-coupe has significantly decreased – a German-made crossover would approach the 10 million rupee bar.
The general director of the Indian branch of Mercedes-Benz Martin Schwenk said that the localization of the assembly of AMG models will give the German brand a competitive advantage, although the cross-coupe has few rivals – except for the Porsche Macan GTS, the price tag for which in India has not yet been announced, and the more powerful 480 -Strong BMW X3 M (from 9.99 million rupees).
Crossover GLC 43 Coupe will be the first Mercedes-AMG of Indian production, but in the future the line of models from Affalterbach of non-German origin is clearly going to expand. It is possible that popular AMG models will be produced at other Daimler plants outside Germany, although charged Mercedes-Benz will hardly be registered at a plant in the Moscow region.
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