Mercedes-AMG has finally unwrapped the new-generation C43, with the latest model boasting an electrified 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. 

The C43’s M139l motor employs an electric gas turbocharger, the same tech debuted on the AMG SL 43. The C43’s inline-four engine produces 300 kW and 500 Nm of torque, available from 6 750 r/min and 5 000 r/min, respectively. The unit is coupled with 48 V mild-hybrid tech.

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The Affalterbach-based brand claims these figures allow the all-wheel-drive sedan to sprint to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 4.6 seconds before reaching an (electronically governed) top speed of 250 km/h. However, the latter can be increased to 265 km/h when specifying the optional AMG Driver’s Package. Mercedes-AMG claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.7 L/100 km. 

Stopping power is provided by an AMG sports braking system. The set-up comprises 370 mm four-piston front and 320 mm rear discs with one-piston floating callipers. 

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AMG’s nine-speed Speedshift MCT transmission directs power to all four corners. The 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system features AMG-specific torque distribution between the fore and aft axles of 31 to 69 per cent. 

As standard, the C43 offers five AMG Dynamic Select drive programs. These include “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”. 

In addition, the steering layout of the new model is equipped with AMG’s three-stage parameter steering system. This set-up features a variable steering geometry ratio that adapts to the selected drive program.

AMG Ride Control steel-spring suspension set-up is standard, complete with an adaptive damping system. This offers the choice of three distinct damping maps, “Comfort”, “Sport”, and “Sport+”. 

As a reminder, during the launch of the brand-new C-Class, Mercedes-Benz South Africa confirmed to APEX that the C43 is scheduled to arrive on local shores during the third quarter of 2022.