The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 sees a host of updates
If you’re in the market for a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you have a few different options. At the lower end of the spectrum, there’s the C 300. It’s the least expensive sedan Mercedes offers, and gives folks a jumping off point into the luxury sedan world. Then, at the other end, there’s the high performance, V8-powered C 63 and C 63 S series. Those options catapult their owners from 0-60 in under four seconds.
There’s a fairly wide margin between the two, and that’s where the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 43 comes in. It’s offered as a middle ground between the average C 300 sedan and the full-on C 63 model. If you’re shopping in that middle ground, then you’re in luck – Mercedes has just upgraded the C 43 for the new model year.
Don’t expect too much difference in styling
Don’t expect too much separation between the 2018 and 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 from the outside. At first glance, the cars are nearly the same, save for a revised grille and new AMG wheels. They’ve also bestowed the car with some aerodynamic enhancements. Buyers can choose a “Night Pack” that blacks out the splitter, rear spoiler and side skirts.
The biggest change on the interior, it appears, comes from the addition of the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. That matches the layout set by other recent AMG models, including the new CLS 53 and E 53 range. There’s a new steering wheel as well, featuring touch-sensitive controls.
Performance is where the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 43 has been upgraded
The most significant change for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 43 comes under the hood. Naturally, you’d expect more firepower from a refreshed AMG model, and you get it here. The car’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 pumps out 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. That’s a bump of 23 horsepower over the outgoing model, and enough to get it from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, according to Mercedes. Its top speed is electronically limited to 130 MPH.
As with the previous model, the new C 43 has AMG-tuned Ride Control sport suspension and a 4Matic all-wheel drive system. There’s also a Track Pace telemetry system on board as well, for those who want test their prowess on a circuit.
Debuting at Geneva, will hit our shores by the end of this year
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 43 will debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. After that, it will hit the U.S. (in sedan form only) by the end of the year. Pricing isn’t available yet, but we don’t expect a seismic shift from the current model. While the C 300 sedan starts at about $40,000 and the C 63 rings in from $66,100, the current C 43 is right smack in the middle. The 2018 model costs $53,400, and the new one should cost about the same.