Medium-hot C-Class bows in Geneva
A refreshed 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan made its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The baby AMG receives a mild face-lift just like the standard 2019 C-Class, but it also gets a decent bump in power.
Under the hood, The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine now makes 385 hp (up 23 hp) and 384 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and a standard rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
AMG estimates the new C43 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h).
“As the most successful model series for Mercedes-AMG, the C-Class family in all its facets has made a major contribution to our corporate success. One major component in this success story was the implementation of the 43-series of models, which have thrilled our customers worldwide since the market launch in 2015,” said says Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG chairman, in a statement.
“The high demand and positive feedback have encouraged us to sharpen up not only the appearance of the facelift, but also its performance, efficiency and sportiness in true AMG style.”
The car now has five Dynamic Select modes that includes “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” “Individual,” and “Slippery”—the latest mode, which is identified by a snowflake symbol.
Outside, the C43 sports a new AMG radiator grille with twin louvers in matte iridium silver. It also gets side air curtains in the front bumper and a silver chrome front splitter.
Around back there’s a sleek spoiler lip on the trunk lid, round twin-tailpipe trim in high-gloss chrome, and a rear bumper diffuser.
Inside, the C43 receives a new Nappa leather AMG steering wheel, leather seats, black Dinamica microfiber trim with red topstitching, aluminum sports pedals with black studs, and Natural Grain Black Ash Wood and Brushed Aluminum trim. Other standard goodies include a black roof liner, red seat belts, and a 10.25-inch media display.
After the Geneva show, the AMG C43 Sedan is expected to arrive in North American dealerships by the end of the year. Pricing should be announced closer to that date.