Mercedes-Benz has launched the all-new C43 4MATIC for the Indian Market at Rs. 98 Lakh, and with this launch, the carmaker now has 9 models in the AMG line-up in the country.
Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC: What you need to know!
Mercedes-Benz has made good amount of changes over the prevous model that was on sale in India, but the most notable difference is its powertrain. Mercedes-Benz has removed the lovely 357 BHP V6 Turbo Petrol Engine, and replaced it with the new 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Engine with an electric turbocharger. This new engine generates 402 BHP and 500 NM of torque with an additional 13.8 BHP coming from the 48 V mild-hybrid system with the engine mated to the 9 Speed Automatic Gearbox, and there is a “Race Start” function which sends power to all four wheels via the Mercedes-AMG 4MATIC Drive System.
Notably, this system exhibits a rear-wheel bias directing 69% power to the rear axle, and 31% to the front axle, and this leads to car’s acceleration from 0 – 100 KMPH in under 4.6 Seconds. Mercedes-AMG says they’ve enhanced the chassis by introducing a revised front axle, incorporated AMG Ride Control Suspension which features double wishbone suspension at the front and adaptive dampers at the rear. Moreover, they’ve introduced rear-wheel-steering which is a standout mechanical addition.
Braking performance also improved all thanks to the new 370 MM Steel Discs with four piston callipers at front and 320 MM steel disc at rear with single-piston floating callipers. The exhaust system has undergone some modifications to ensure it produces the signature AMG sound.
True to its AMG lineage, the C43 undergoes several changes compared to the standard C-Class sedan. The most prominent change is the inclusion of the Panamericana grille with vertical slats, a grille previously reserved for AMG’s 63 series but now extended to various 43 models. Additionally, you’ll notice other changes like adaptive LED headlights with a single LED DRL, sizable air intakes on the front bumper with black accents, and gloss-black wing mirrors. (ORVMs).
While the side profile retains a similar look, there are notable additions such as ‘Turbo Electrified’ badges, more substantial side sills, and standard 18-inch alloy wheels. Moving to the rear, the AMG C43 is equipped with quad exhaust and a rear bumper featuring a diffuser for enhanced aerodynamics. There’s a range of seven metallic paint options to choose from, along with three options from Mercedes’ Manufaktur customization arm.
Inside the cabin, the C43 doesn’t deviate significantly from the standard C-Class, but it does incorporate AMG-specific digital graphics on the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the 11.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The interior also boasts an AMG-themed leather-wrapped steering wheel, sports seats, pedals, and red seat belts. Notable features include Mercedes’ intelligent auto headlights (known as Digital Light) and a 710W, 15-speaker Burmester Premium sound system.
With an Rs. 98 L price mark, the C43 AMG is way too pricey compared to its rivals, BMW M340i (Rs. 71.5 L), and Audi S5 Sportback (Rs. 75.74 L).