2018 Mercedes-Benz C43
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Greg Kable | Mar, 05 2018 | 0 Comments

 Mercedes-AMG has provided the 2018-model-year C43 4Matic saloon and estate with a moderate increase in power through the adoption of a more powerful version of the German car maker’s turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.

The reworked powerplant, which receives larger turbochargers operating at a maximum pressure of 1.1bar, forms part of a raft of mid-life changes for the popular C43 4Matic, bringing an added 17kW to boost its reserves to 287kW at 6100rpm. Torque, however, remains the same as before, continuing to peak at 520Nm on a band of revs between 2500 and 500rpm.

Despite the increase in power, Mercedes-AMG does not claim any improvement in overall performance, with both the four-wheel drive C43 4Matic saloon and estate boasting the same official 0-100km/h times as their predecessors at 4.7sec and 4.8sec respectively. At the same time, their top speeds remain limited to 250km/h.


Revealed ahead of this week's 2018 Geneva motor show, the facelifted C43 4Matic saloon and estate are also distinguished from the models they replace by a series of subtle exterior styling tweaks, including a new twin-blade grille, more heavily structured front bumper with an altered air duct design, a rear deck spoiler now in the same colour as the car, a reworked rear bumper with a larger diffuser and new-look twin round chromed tailpipes.   

As an option, buyers can also order the new models with an optional AMG styling package. It adds a splitter element within the front bumper, wider sills underneath the doors and an altered rear bumper.

In line with standard versions of the facelifted C-Class, the new C43 4Matic saloon and estate also receive an updated interior with a digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch Comand infotainment display – both featuring specific AMG menus. 


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