Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan gets a facelift

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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 will receive its public debut tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show and will arrive at USA dealers by late this year together with the C300 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations and armed with an extra 14 hp compared to the 2018MY. Mercedes-AMG has slotted in the same new LED head and taillight units found on the normal 2019 C Class, but added in some additional styling tweaks.

The C43 is the first C-Class-based AMG product to be shown since the regular series model's facelift was announced.

Under the hood the 3.0L biturbo V6 now generates 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft. of torque. Partnered with with the AMG Speedshift TCT nine-speed transmission and rear-biased AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive, the engine combines agile driving dynamics with comfort on long journeys, the automaker says. The C43 can get to 60 in 4.6 seconds.

Fuel use on the new European cycle (NEDC) sees the sedan claim a maximum usage of 9.3L/100km and the wagon a maximum of 9.6L/100km - both of which are higher than Aussie models are claimed to use in their current guise: 8.2L/100km for the sedan and 8.3L/100km for the wagon.

Visually, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 gets a new radiator grille, front apron, side skirts, round tailpipes and a spoiler lip on the boot lid.

Moving inside, the C43 is now available with a 31.2cm digital instrument cluster, with three AMG-specific display modes.

Also lifting the cabin ambience are a redesigned flat-bottom steering wheel, with galvanised gearshift paddles, and new dashboard trim elements, including open-pore oak wood and walnut and longitudinal-grain aluminium. When a turn is indicated for at least two seconds, Active Lane Change Assist will aid with steering into the adjacent lane if it detects the lane is empty. Optional AMG Performance seats add heating and ventilation, from the previous heating only. Their specifically designed outer aero rings and spoke geometry which has been optimized in the wind tunnel help to improve air flow around the wheels and thus increase aerodynamic efficiency.

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