Mercedes-AMG C43 gets power boost and facelift for Geneva
Mercedes has revealed a tweaked versions of its AMG C43 saloon and estate at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Sitting above the updated version of the standard car but below the fiery C63 V8, the C43’s 3.0-litre V6 gets a power boost and a host of minor design tweaks that bring it in line with Mercedes’ newer E- and S-Class ranges.
To the untrained eye, the changes are hard to spot but the C43 gets a new set of front and rear aprons, a sleeker grille design and a revised tailpipe design – not exactly ground-breaking stuff, but enough to ensure the semi-hot C-Class stays fresh for a few more years.
However, the external changes – most notably the tweaked bumpers and some newly designed alloy wheels are actually functional – they’ve been optimised to provide aerodynamic efficiency, helping fuel economy as well as performance.
Changes are more thorough inside, where you’ll find Mercedes’ fabulous 12.3in digital display in front of the driver for the first time in a C-Class. The infotainment system has also been refreshed, benefiting from the larger screen options we’ve already seen on the E-Class.
Other changes include a redesigned steering wheel with in-built Touch controls. Mercedes’ faux ‘Artico’ leather interior is now available, as are other personalisation options – the trim can be specified in carbon, wood or aluminium for example.
The 3.0-litre biturbo now produces 385bhp – 23bhp more than the outgoing model. However, its 0-62mph time remains the same as before at 4.7 seconds, and all 43s are limited to 155mph.
An extra ‘Slippery’ mode has been added to Mercedes’ ‘Dynamic Select’ drive system, which it says increases grip on muddy and icy surfaces by using higher gearing. The other modes; Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual remain the same.
The C43 features Mercedes’ all-wheel-drive system and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. “Manual” mode can be selected using a separate button in the centre console and controlled via the shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Lease rates are to be confirmed, but the C43 saloon’s list price should be in line with the current car – around £46,000 (add another £2,000 for the estate). If you can’t wait until then, you can find thousands of C-Class deals here or, alternatively, read our review of the current C63 AMG.