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The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan

The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan was unveiled at Geneva International Motor Show this week, showcasing new extensive measures that make the entry-level model even more attractive. The AMG radiator grille in a twin-louvre design, the powerfully sculpted front apron and the new rear apron visibly enhance the new model and give it 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) and the peak torque of 520 Nm is available from 2500 to 5000 rpm, guaranteeing impressive performance figures - acceleration 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. 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.

Sporty and distinctive: the exterior design

The exterior of the C 43 4MATIC is considerably more expressive. 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 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 optional AMG styling package creates highlights which are even sportier.

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.

The standard specification includes the AMG wheel with five twin spokes painted in tremolite grey with a high-sheen finish. 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.

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. 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.

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, with options of in terms of upholstery; 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:

  • Warm-up: engine and transmission oil temperature plus charge pressure as Boost display
  • Setup: current status of systems such as the drive system, suspension, exhaust system, ESP®, transmission
  • G-Force: display of current g-forces in a coordinate system and ability to save maximum values
  • Race Timer: manual stopwatch for lap times and colour display of fastest and slowest laps, plus average speed and distance
  • Engine Data: engine torque / rated output in a bar chart plus charge pressure as Boost display

 

In addition, there is a digital display of the current speed and the currently engaged gear. The manual transmission mode is marked with a yellow "M".

New generation of AMG steering wheels

Extremely sporty design and a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim are the key attributes of the new AMG steering wheel in nappa leather, which comes as standard equipment. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles support a sporty driving style with manual gear shifting.

The built-in Touch Control buttons are a new feature. These can be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster (left) and the multimedia system (right) by means of horizontal and vertical swiping movements of the finger. As in the S-Class, the settings for Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and cruise control are made in the left control panels.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission with shorter shift times

The C 43 4MATIC makes use of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, which the Mercedes-AMG developers have tuned specifically for a dynamic driving experience. This has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times.

The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined ignition adjustments also provide faster gear shifts in the other modes. In all modes moving off occurs in first gear in order to always guarantee a dynamic driving experience.

Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

With the proven DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual", the characteristics of the C 43 4MATIC+ can be customised at the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected specifically on demand.

Rear-biased and agile: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive

The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC four-wheel drive features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent. This configuration provides enhanced driving dynamics and higher lateral acceleration on the road as well as improved traction when accelerating.

This configuration makes it easier to modify the torque split for each particular model, allowing even more individual characteristics for the respective model series. Its compact design means that it does not entail any space restrictions for passengers or luggage.

With adaptive adjustable damping: AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

With its adjustable, electronically controlled damping system, the AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension of the C 43 4MATIC provides both sporty driving dynamics and brand-typical comfort on long journeys. The basis for this is formed by the 4-link front axle and independent multilink rear suspension. The AMG-specific kinematics and elastokinematics with newly developed components result in very high camber stability when cornering at speed. The axial brake connection on the front axle supports the agile and precise handling.

The adaptive adjustable damping comes as standard. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements. This improves driving safety and ride comfort.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a variable ratio. It impresses with its precise, authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, and that the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds.

Data logger for use on the racetrack: AMG TRACK PACE

As the virtual race engineer for recording data when driving on closed-off racetracks, AMG TRACK PACE provides a significantly extended and even more precise scope of functions. TRACK PACE can be ordered as an option for the COMAND Online infotainment system.

When this function is activated, a wealth of vehicle-specific data (e.g. speed, acceleration) are recorded ten times per second while driving. On top of this there are displays of lap and sector times and also the respective difference for a reference time - the map display can be switched from 2D to 3D and updated online. A suitable iPhone app can also be connected via WLAN.

Wellness on long-distance journeys: ENERGIZING comfort control

The optional ENERGIZING comfort control is also available for the new C 43 4MATIC. It networks together the various comfort systems in the vehicle and uses specific functions of the air conditioning and seats (heating, ventilation) plus lighting and music moods. Depending on the mood or requirement of the driver, it generates a special wellness set-up to enhance well-being and performance.

 

Technical data at a glance

 

Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan

Engine

3.0-litre V6 with two turbochargers

Displacement

2996 cc

Output

287 kW (390 hp) at 6100 rpm

Peak torque

520 Nm at 2500-5000 rpm

Drive system

AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution

Transmission

AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G

Fuel consumption, combined

9.3-9.1 l/100 km*

Combined CO2 emissions

213-209 g/km*

Efficiency class

F

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

4.7 s

Top speed

250 km/h**

 

* The stated figures (provisional data) were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. ** electronically limited