Mercedes-Benz is updating the C-Class, which means we also get a new AMG C43.
The ‘subtle one’ in AMG’s arsenal will score a power upgrade, fresh looks, and some new kit in the cabin.
Firstly, the new engine tune means the C43’s twin-turbo V6 now produces 287kW/520Nm, a 17kW increase over the current car.
Despite this, it doesn’t look like it’ll be any faster. The 0-100km/h claim remains 4.7s for the sedan, and 4.8s for the estate.
The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. AMG’s Speedshift 9-speed dual-clutch is mated to the V6, providing “very short shift times.”
It also retains its rear-biased 4Matic AWD, with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent distribution.
The C43 will also look noticeably different as it gains the twin-blade grille previously reserved for AMG’s V8 models.
Mercedes says it has also updated the interior tech for the C-Class adding new features both visual and otherwise.
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C-Class now has semi-autonomous driving, upgraded infotainment and a digital dash, as well as less obvious features like motion sensors for hand movements.
“The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. They respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone,” M-B says.
“They enable the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.”
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It sounds distracting, especially if it doesn’t work properly every time, so we’d guess there are other easy ways to achieve the same result.
Worldwide results are due to begin in June, though Australian deliveries are expected to begin in Q3/Q4 2018.