Making its world premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan, now sporting 23 more horsepower than before for a total of 385 hp. The standard C300 and C300 4MATIC models weren’t neglected either, receiving a bump of 13 hp for its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Torque remains the same at 273 pound-feet on the C300, while the C43 continues to have 384 lb-ft of twist. Both engines are paired to a nine-speed transmission, with the C300 getting a traditional automatic gearbox and the C43 benefiting from an AMG Speedshift TCT nine-speed unit.
Like other refreshes, the C-Class sedan gains redesigned front and rear bumpers, along with newly-designed LED headlights and tail lights that are now standard. There are also new standard 17-inch wheels for the C300 and C300 4MATIC, while the AMG model gets new 18-inch five-spoke wheels. In addition, AMG gave the C43 a new tailpipe design for the rear.
Inside there are a few changes as well, with a new multifunction leather steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons for the driver to enjoy. Smartphone integration is now standard on the C-Class, while certain intelligent driver assistance technologies have been taken from the E-Class.
Some of those driver assistance systems include Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Safe Plus, Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, Speed Limit Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and Pre-Safe Sound. The 2019 C-Class also has Car-to-X communications, allowing the sedan to act simultaneously as a receiver and transmitter.
“As the most successful model series for Mercedes-AMG, the C-Class family in all its facets has made a major contribution to our corporate success. One major component in this success story was the implementation of the 43-series of models, which have thrilled our customers worldwide since the market launch in 2015. The high demand and positive feedback have encouraged us to sharpen up not only the appearance of the facelift, but also its performance, efficiency and sportiness in true AMG style,” says Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The updated 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will arrive in the U.S. by late 2018, so expect pricing to be announced closer to its launch.
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