The all-new C 43 AMG is based on the current-gen C-Class (W206), which is set to launch in India on 10th May.
A few days ago, Mercedes-AMG presented the new generation of the C 43 AMG 4MATIC in sedan and estate body styles. While the car's exterior and interior styling is in line with the current-generation W206 C-Class, on which it is based, the most important update comes in the form of a new hybrid powertrain. Here's a look at the new C 43 AMG's main highlights.
Powertrain & Chassis
At the heart of the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder hybrid engine (M139), which is touted to be the world's first series-production unit to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger. The unit made its debut on the Mercedes-AMG SL 43. The turbocharger is operated via a 48V electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter-generator (RSG). In the C 43, the engine develops a competitive 402bhp @ 6,750rpm and 500Nm of torque @ 5,000rpm (the previous-gen C 43 was powered by a 385bhp/520Nm twin-turbo V6). Plus, the RSG can momentarily provide an additional boost of 13.4bhp.
The power is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT (Multi-Clutch Transmission) gearbox, which features a wet start-off clutch instead of a torque converter. Thanks to the hybrid power assistance and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, the new C 43 (Saloon) can crack 100km/h from a standstill in 4.6 seconds and still deliver a fuel economy figure of close to 11km/l (based on the WLTP test cycle).
To ensure that the C 43 AMG is able to put all the power down effectively, Mercedes has given it a heavily reworked front axle and AMG Ride Control suspension (with the Adaptive Damping System) as part of the standard kit. Speaking of standard fitment, the C 43 also gets rear-wheel steering as standard.
Like all AMG Mercs, the C 43 stands out with an AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts in chrome, an AMG front apron with flics, sporty air intakes and chrome-plated trim element, matching side sill panels, a faux-diffuser rear apron, and two round twin-tailpipe trim elements. The C 43 4MATIC is fitted with 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels as standard, which are upgradable to 19- or 20-inch units. Inside, the passengers are greeted by an 11.9-inch MBUX touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with AMG-specific graphics.