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Launched: Mercedes-AMG C43

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Key Takeaways:

  • Sporty vehicle
  • The C43 bridges the gap between C200 and AMG C63
  • Performance-oriented car
  • Dual exhaust on either side

The Indian motor racing circuit in Greater Noida titled 'The Buddh International Circuit' has witnessed some memorable moments in the automotive industry. Recently, one such moment was- the unveiling of the final model for the Year 2016 by the German automaker, Mercedes-Benz– an AMG performance model. Mercedes-Benz in India ended the Year 2016 with quite a bang.

Mercedes-AMG C43

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  • This is the third AMG model to come from the Mercedes-AMG doorways of Affalterbach (current location of Mercedes-AMG) and this is a Mercedes-Benz C-Class which has been performance tuned.
  • It was introduced and launched as the 13th car of the year after originally intending to launch just 12. The car we are talking about is the Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic.
  • The launch of this car signifies a move which extends toward expanding the performance oriented portfolio of the automaker.
  • The C-Class portfolio in the country now extends to three.
  • The tag AMG here denotes the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz.

I. PRICE

The C43 marks the spot between the entry level Benz C200 (petrol) and the beastly AMG C63 S.

  • The Mercedes-AMG C43 is priced at INR 74.35 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

II. UNDER THE HOOD

Features and looks are one thing that people look for but for a performance-oriented car, do the credentials of C43 hold good? Well in short, the answer is yes. Being an entry-level car, this model might seem like it lacks the sizzling performance that its elder siblings possess but however, the C43 is an able performer. It even sounds like one!

  • The Mercedes-AMG C43 comes with a 2996cc 3.0-L V6 twin turbo petrol engine
  • The engine produces 357 BHP and 520Nm of torque.
  • This engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox
  • Gets an AWD (all-wheel drive) setup unlike the C200 or C63
  • A speed of 0-100kmph can be achieved in 4.7 seconds
  • The top speed of the C43 is 250 kmph
  • Additionally, the car gets an AMG ride control feature which is a setup that is tuned to sports suspension

Specifications:

Engine

3.0-Litre V6 Petrol

Power

357BHP@5500-6000rpm

Torque

520Nm@2000-4200rpm

Transmission

9G-TRONIC

Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Apart from this, there are multiple driving modes available:

  • Eco
  • Comfort
  • Sport
  • Sport Plus
  • Individual

The characteristics of the car can be tailored by the driver to match individual preference. The range extends from Comfortable to sporty. Significant parameters like transmission, response of engine, suspension setup and steering have been modified.

Mercedes AMG C43 4Matic Front view

III. Styling

The Exterior outline

In terms of looks, the sedan looks very similar and on the lines of a standard C-Class but it sits much lower.

  • Front profile:
    • The front bumper gets larger air intakes
    • The stance is more aggressive – this is noticeable due to the larger AMG-spec wheels.
    • The radiator grille in front has a diamond pattern
  • Rear profile:
    • The boot lid gets a subtle lip spoiler
    • An inbuilt diffuser is fitted into the rear bumper for improved airflow
    • Another typical AMG feature seen is a quad exhaust arrangement (two exhausts on either end
  • Side profile:
    • 18-inch AMG alloy wheels coupled with ventilated disk brakes
    • The car is also equipped with AMG branded performance parts and styling

The C43’s design is based on the C-Class and much of the design and shape have been retained. The AMG C43 Mercedes-Benz gets fine-tuning and parts have been added to cater to the performance tag, since this is an AMG. Overall, the design and styling changes are understated but however, it appears every bit the muscular car which AMG is known to manufacture.

Dimensions:

Length

4702mm

Width

1810mm

Height

1434mm

Wheelbase

2840 mm

Tyre Size

R18

Fuel Tank Capacity

66 Litres

 

The Interiors - Setting and features

Some star-struck differences are seen from what you would expect of a luxury car like this, but primarily, buyers should keep in mind that its interiors are designed to suit and cater to the needs of a performance-oriented car. The interiors are not as plush but more for performance.

  • Build quality and the materials used in the cabin are archetypal Mercedes.
  • Sportier than normal cars.
  • Red accents on the door panel and the dashboard gets aluminium accents.
  • A chequered flag design is seen on the instrument cluster which is typical AMG.

IV. COMPETITORS

As this is a performance car, the competition is limited in India, but nonetheless, few of the competitors are:

  • Audi S5 Sportback
  • The upcoming Volvo S60 Polestar

Do you like this car? Well, let’s see what advantages and disadvantages it has:

Pros:

  • Performance-oriented car and both the interiors and exterior have been designed accordingly
  • Driving features, agility control and suspension are all tuned to meet the expectations of an AMG

Cons:

  • Lacks a few certain features in terms of trimmings and the interiors are not as plush for the cost.
  • Speaking of cost, the cost of owning this is definitely on the higher side.
  • Not a car for daily use but a car bought purely for gratification and pleasure.

Overview:

A good pairing of excellence and performance coupled with versatility and luxury is what makes up the AMG C43. The C-Class is a sought-after product in the Indian market and popular in the entry-level sedan segment too. Growing and expanding is only advantageous and now with performance and a plethora of features, this car has nothing to lose! It’s a mean machine from the inside and beauty from the outside.

To close things…

The year 2016 has been an eventful year for Mercedes-Benz in India. They have introduced a diverse range of cars which is new to the India market. And it is also first-time they have focused on releasing so many newer models all in a single year! It is fascinating and delightful to see these new launches. So with the successful close to this year 2016, let’s see what Mercedes-Benz India has in store for us in the New Year, 2017. 

Yes! We are keeping a close watch!

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