Enhanced performance and a design update for the bestseller
Affalterbach. With four body variants, three output levels and two drive types, the C-Class is the most versatile and most successful model series from Mercedes-AMG. Comprehensive measures make the C 43 4MATIC Saloon and Estate entry-level models (fuel consumption, combined: 9.1 l/ 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 214 g/km) even more attractive. The AMG radiator grille in a twin-blade design, the powerfully sculpted front apron and the new rear apron with round twin tailpipe trim elements visibly enhance the new C 43 models and give them an even more distinct positioning. The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with unmistakable AMG displays and the new generation of AMG steering wheels. The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine now delivers 287 kW (390 hp). Together with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the engine combines agile driving dynamics with comfort on long journeys.
“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 models, which have thrilled our customers worldwide since the market launch in 2015. 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 dynamism in true AMG style,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
For this the AMG development engineers have increased the output of the 3.0-litre V6 engine by 17 kW (23 hp) to 287 kW (390 hp). The peak torque of 520 Nm is available from 2500 to 5000 rpm. This package guarantees impressive performance figures:
The new C 43 4MATIC Saloon accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, and the Estate in 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Sporty and distinctive: the exterior design
The exterior of the C 43 4MATIC is considerably more expressive, even more strongly identifying the new model as a member of the family. New distinguishing features include the AMG radiator grille with twin louvre in matt iridium silver and the powerfully sculpted front apron with additional flics. The side air curtains in the front apron help with optimum guidance of the front airstream. The attachment on the cross fins plus the trim element on the front splitter are finished in silver chrome.
The rear view also conveys a sporty impression with two round twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome. The rear apron with side air curtain look and the significantly more expressive diffuser improve air flow characteristics at the rear. The spoiler lip on the boot lid is painted in the vehicle colour.
The optional AMG styling package creates highlights which are even sportier: a more expressive front splitter, the standard-fit spoiler lip, broader side skirt inserts and flics in the rear bumper are finished in high-gloss black.
Enhanced aerodynamic efficiency: the new AMG aero wheels
When viewed from the side, eye-catching features include the sporty side skirts plus new, aerodynamically optimised AMG light-alloy wheels. Their specifically designed outer aero rings and spoke geometry which has been optimised in the wind tunnel help to improve air flow around the wheels and thus increase aerodynamic efficiency. As part of this the developers aimed for the optimum combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, together with maximum performance and reduced fuel consumption.
There is a choice of two aerodynamically optimised rim designs for the C 43 4MATIC: the standard specification includes the AMG wheel with five twin spokes painted in tremolite grey with a high-sheen finish, in size 7.5 J x 18 H2 ET 33 with 225/45 R 18 tyres on the front, and also in size 8.5 J x 18 H2 ET 49 with 245/40 R 18 tyres on the rear.
As an option there is another design with five twin spokes, painted in tantalite grey, high-gloss black or matt black with a high-sheen finish, in size 7.5 J x 19 H2 ET 33 with 225/40 R 19 tyres on the front, and also in size 8.5 J x 19 H2 ET 52 with 255/35 R 19 tyres on the rear.
Sporty look with model-specific details: the interior design
The interior reinforces the dynamic calibre of the new C 43 4MATIC with numerous individual details. Sporty materials such as leather, DINAMICA microfibre and aluminium in a high-quality finish continue the theme of the expressive exterior in the interior.
The optional AMG Performance seats provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. As an option the seat side bolsters can be adjusted perfectly by means of built-in air cushions. The Performance seats with integrated head restraints emphasise the sporty character of the cockpit. For the first time in the C 43 4MATIC, the Performance seats can not only be heated, but now also climatised in three levels in conjunction with leather upholstery.
The upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather / DINAMICA microfibre in black with red topstitching equally underscores the dynamic driving character of the C 43 4MATIC. Matching the seat design, the door centre panels and dashboard are finished in ARTICO man-made leather with red topstitching. Aluminium sports pedals with black studs, trim elements in black piano lacquer with light longitudinal-grain aluminium, the black roof liner and the red seat belts create further sporty highlights.
Comprehensive individualisation options
As an option there is a comprehensive choice of individualisation options. New features include trim elements in anthracite open-pore oak wood, open-pore walnut plus the combination of longitudinal-grain aluminium for the doors and black open-pore ash wood for the centre console. On top of this there is the familiar AMG trim in carbon fibre / light longitudinal-grain aluminium and matt silver fibreglass. In terms of upholstery, as an option there is leather in black, black with red topstitching, cranberry red / black and also as a new highlight saddle brown / black.
A fine combination available from the designo range comes with diamond quilting in saddle brown / black and platinum white pearl / black, which can likewise be combined with the AMG Performance seats.
Interior with innovative display concept and operating system
Whether with touchpad and Controller, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel or via voice entry: the operating system of the C 43 4MATIC is just as versatile as it is flexible. All options are aimed at enabling the control tasks to be carried out as conveniently, quickly and appropriately to the situation as possible in this sporty environment.
Just as flexible is the display of the optional, fully digital instrument cluster with 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) screen diagonal, which brings the vehicle functions directly to life with the three AMG-specific display styles of “Classic”, “Sport” or “Supersport”.
A host of additional AMG information
Via the specific AMG menu, the driver is able to call up a host of additional information to make the driving experience even sportier:
In addition there is a digital display of the current speed and the currently engaged gear. Manual transmission mode is identified by a yellow “M” and a prompt to shift up when reaching maximum engine speed, a touch inspire by the world of Formula 1.
The visualisations in the central media display likewise enable further vehicle functions to be experienced even better, e.g. with animated presentation of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems. A media display measuring 17.8 cm (7 inches) with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels comes as standard on board. Another alternative is the 26.0 cm (10.25-inch) media display featuring a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels, which is standard in conjunction with COMAND Online or optional with the Audio 20 GPS system.