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Archive for the ‘Mercedes C-Class’ Category

PostHeaderIcon How usable is the back seat of small luxury coupes?

All sub-$50,000 luxury grand touring coupes these days have a seating capacity of four, which means they can theoretically carry two additional people in the rear. The manufacturers usually show a smiling young couple blasting through the countryside in the press photos, and rarely, if ever, four people having a blast. In fact, you wouldn’t even know there were people in the back of most of the cars on the list below.

There are five names on it: the names of the five most important models in the segment and the purpose is to compare their ability to cosset rear occupants… or not, as the case may be. Spoiler alert, none of them are particularly apt at doing it, even though they do have actual full-sized back seats, but if you were to pick yours based on this alone, this is how they stack up – I’ve arranged them in order from least to most spacious.

PostHeaderIcon How usable is the back seat of small luxury coupes?

All sub-$50,000 luxury grand touring coupes these days have a seating capacity of four, which means they can theoretically carry two additional people in the rear. The manufacturers usually show a smiling young couple blasting through the countryside in the press photos, and rarely, if ever, four people having a blast. In fact, you wouldn’t even know there were people in the back of most of the cars on the list below.

There are five names on it: the names of the five most important models in the segment and the purpose is to compare their ability to cosset rear occupants… or not, as the case may be. Spoiler alert, none of them are particularly apt at doing it, even though they do have actual full-sized back seats, but if you were to pick yours based on this alone, this is how they stack up – I’ve arranged them in order from least to most spacious.

PostHeaderIcon I Drove 1,780 Horsepower Worth Of Cars In France On Possibly The Best Tires On Earth

Continental AG invited me to spend three days in Nice, France, drive really nice cars, experience its #blackchili driving experience and gorge on vine and fish of all kinds prepared by some of the best chefs around.

I said yes.

This is what I saw, drove and experienced there.

1,780 horsepower worth of cars were parked down the alley of a hotel with a golf course. All of them were white, all of them had OEM Continental tires on them. UUHP tires, mind you. That is short for Ultra Ultra High Performance and all of them had striking, yet subtle Continental decals. Right from the get-go, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a classic journalist driving event. It was more of a celebration and a party. I liked it.

The weather was at nice 78 degrees Fahrenheit, without a single cloud on the perfectly blue sky over the Cote d’Azur. Down at that parking – 10 cars – two Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrios, two BMW M240i xDrive Convertibles, two Porsche 718 Boxsters, two Tesla Model Ss, and two Audi RS3 Sportbacks.

FYI, the Porsche was the least powerful one there. And when the Porsche is the least powerful at a car event, things are off to a good start.

PostHeaderIcon I Drove 1,780 Horsepower Worth Of Cars In France On Possibly The Best Tires On Earth

Continental AG invited me to spend three days in Nice, France, drive really nice cars, experience its #blackchili driving experience and gorge on vine and fish of all kinds prepared by some of the best chefs around.

I said yes.

This is what I saw, drove and experienced there.

1,780 horsepower worth of cars were parked down the alley of a hotel with a golf course. All of them were white, all of them had OEM Continental tires on them. UUHP tires, mind you. That is short for Ultra Ultra High Performance and all of them had striking, yet subtle Continental decals. Right from the get-go, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a classic journalist driving event. It was more of a celebration and a party. I liked it.

The weather was at nice 78 degrees Fahrenheit, without a single cloud on the perfectly blue sky over the Cote d’Azur. Down at that parking – 10 cars – two Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrios, two BMW M240i xDrive Convertibles, two Porsche 718 Boxsters, two Tesla Model Ss, and two Audi RS3 Sportbacks.

FYI, the Porsche was the least powerful one there. And when the Porsche is the least powerful at a car event, things are off to a good start.

PostHeaderIcon This Mercedes C-Class with an EQC Face is a Bit Awkward

Mercedes’ new EQ brand just debuted with the EQC, an all-electric alternative to the compact GLC crossover. Sporting its own design language, especially up front, the EQC will soon be joined by other EV siblings, including a full-size sedan. Whether the EQC’s high-tech face will make it onto other vehicles remains unknown, but automotive digital designer Kleber Silva decided to see how the SUV’s front fascia looks on the popular C-Class sedan. The result is somewhat awkward.

PostHeaderIcon Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class

Launched in conjunction with the grand opening of Volvo’s new manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the third-generation S60 compact executive four-door brings a host of fresh features to make it competitive in the segment. However, Mercedes-Benz commands a strong position here as well thanks to it’s best-selling C-Class, which recently received an update for the 2019 model year at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. So then – which is the better buy? To find out, we put them side by side and dived into the specs.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

PostHeaderIcon What Do we Know About the New Mercedes-AMG C53?

We have been hearing stories and unfounded reports about AMG working on hybridization for a decade now. It wasn’t until the unveiling of that mad Mercedes-AMG Project One with a hybrid system, that we figured out just how serious the Affalterbach speed gurus were. As AMG CEO, Tobias Moers once said, “We cannot change the future. And the future does bear the name of electricity.” Now, I am telling you all this because only days ago, Mercedes-AMG registered a new trademark at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is an AMG – the C 53. And it will, by all indicators, be a hybrid.

PostHeaderIcon What Do we Know About the New Mercedes-AMG C53?

We have been hearing stories and unfounded reports about AMG working on hybridization for a decade now. It wasn’t until the unveiling of that mad Mercedes-AMG Project One with a hybrid system, that we figured out just how serious the Affalterbach speed gurus were. As AMG CEO, Tobias Moers once said, “We cannot change the future. And the future does bear the name of electricity.” Now, I am telling you all this because only days ago, Mercedes-AMG registered a new trademark at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is an AMG – the C 53. And it will, by all indicators, be a hybrid.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was first introduced in the early ‘90s as a replacement for the outgoing 190 range of vehicles, offering customers an entry-level compact packed with high-end three-pointed star luxury. In the time since, the C-Class has grown to become Merc’s best-selling nameplate, with a plethora of model variants on the table to entice a swath of different customers. However, those looking for maximum headspace are encouraged to check out the drop-top cabriolet model, which just saw a refresh for the current fourth-generation W205 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Dropping alongside the new hard-top coupe, the latest C-Class Cab gets many of the same upgrades as the four-door and wagon that debuted before it, including a tweaked exterior style, new digital options for the interior, and extra ponies under the hood.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet.

PostHeaderIcon The C-Class Won’t Get Mercedes’ New MBUX Infotainment System from the A-Class Until the Next-Gen Model is Born

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is classified as a facelifted model, but it might as well be an all-new one. It has a new front grille, updated powertrains, and a new electrical architecture. It even has 25,000 new components, which is a lot for an all-new model, let alone one that’s in the middle of its life cycle. What it doesn’t have, though, is the automaker’s new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe

If you’re looking for classy entry-level luxury with a three-pointed star on the nose, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Initially making the scene in 2007, the C-Class got its first AMG model variant in 2008. These days, the C-Class is the brand’s top-selling nameplate, with the AMG versions bolstering sales numbers as a more accessible gateway to the high-performance Mercedes lifestyle. Like a sports car draped in a luxury suit, the AMG C 63 brings the heat without breaking a sweat, and now, there’s an updated version headed to dealers offering tweaked exterior style, the latest cabin tech, and a little extra under the hood.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Introduces New C 63 Lineup, And It’s Bringing The Heat To The BMW M3

With the 2018 New York Auto Show just hours from getting underway, Mercedes-AMG is jumping the gun a bit and introducing its new C 63 lineup, giving us the full rundown on the refreshed four-door, coupe, convertible, and wagon body styles. Included in the announcement is a complete list of specs for both the base model and the go-faster S version, both of which are looking like they might have what it takes to bring the fight to BMW and the vaunted M3.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the “Mercedes me Flexperience” Subscription Program

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

It’s barely been out 24 hours and we’re still sifting through all of the new images. So many are wallpaper worthy that we couldn’t choose just one, we chose three. And, there’s a huge gallery below with even more wallpaper goodness. Download one, or download them all and put them on slideshow mode – It’s up to you!

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Until we finish putting together our full review of the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, you can check out our featured news on the 2019 Mercedes C-Class or browse through the gallery below for more awesome wallpapers

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe And Cab Unveiled

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled its latest AMG C43 Coupeand Cabmodels ahead of their official debut in the Big Apple.

The exterior gains a new twin-louver AMG grille and tweaked fascia styling, as well as updates to the bumper and chrome tailpipes. There are also new AMG wheels in the corners, which were optimized to better cut through the atmosphere at speed.

Moving to the cabin, there’s an optional 12.3-inch fully digital cockpit display and an AMG steering wheel to help drivers get a grip, with Dynamica microfiber and aluminum making the materials list. The optional AMG Performance seats will help hold passengers in place, while the Cab model gets an AirScarf neck heater as standard.

Further customization options include the choice between ash, walnut, and oak trim, as well as that good ‘ole go-to composite, carbon fiber.

An AMG-tuned turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 powerplant resides under the hood, with output rated at 385 horsepower. That’s 23 horses more than before, by the way. Torque goes unchanged at 384 pound-feet between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. Properly applied, the run to 60 mph takes around 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 130 mph.

A nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic AWD system with rear torque-bias rounds out the drivetrain. Adaptive dampers arrive as standard spec, as does AMG speed-sensitive steering.

The fresh C now heads to the 2018 New York International Auto Show to strut its stuff in the metal. Sales will kick off later this year.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes-Benz first introduced the C-Class nameplate in 1993 for the 1994 model year, offering it up as a compact luxury replacement for the outgoing 190 E. Since then, the C-Class has grown to become the most popular model in the Merc stable, no doubt thanks in part to sales of the pumped-up performance-oriented versions from AMG, which include the 43 series that launched in 2015. Now, there’s a refresh on the table for the go-faster C-Class, and it’s bringing extra power and new tech to the fight.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Exterior

  • Multiple body styles offered
  • Revised styling to make it more AMG
  • Revised bumpers front and back
  • LED lighting for headlights and taillights
  • Aero-efficient wheel designs
  • 18- and 19-inch wheel sizing
  • Optional AMG styling package

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“The 2019 model year AMG C43 brings a freshened look that Merc hopes will set apart from its lesser, un-AMG’d brethren.”

While the most popular body style for the AMG C43 is undoubtedly the four-door sedan (or “saloon” for our overseas readers), Merc also offers the model in a wagon (otherwise known as an “estate”) and two-door convertible (or “cabriolet”), giving buyers a number of different ways to enjoy this entry-level AMG experience.

Moving onto the 2019 model year, the AMG C43 brings with it a fresh look that Merc hopes will help establish it more firmly as an AMG model, setting it apart from its lesser, un-AMG’d brethren.

The updated exterior includes a new grille with a twin-louvre design, with the dividers finished in a matte iridium silver. There are new bumpers as well, both front and rear, with additional flics added to the front bumper to spice things up a bit.

Revised side curtains help direct the flow of air around the car more efficiently, while silver chrome detailing adds an extra splash of premium appeal. LED lighting is used for the headlights and the taillights.


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“Moving around to the rear of the vehicle, there’s an updated rear bumper that gains a revised diffuser element and new side air curtains.”

Moving around to the rear of the vehicle, there are twin rounded tailpipes with a high-gloss chrome finish. The updated rear bumper also gains a revised diffuser element and new side air curtains, while a body-painted trunk lid spoiler finishes it off.

Buyers can go for more aggression with the optional AMG styling package, which throws in a new front splitter and spoiler lip, bigger side skirts, and a sharper rear bumper, all of which is finished in high-gloss black.

Also new for the 2019 model year are the freshly redesigned AMG-specific wheels, which now come with aero-optimized features to help them cut through the atmosphere with a bit more ease. This includes new outer rings and a revised spoke geometry, both of which were shaped in the wind tunnel to increase aero efficiency. Merc also says the wheels seek to find “the optimum combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, together with maximum performance and reduced fuel consumption.”


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“The two aero-optimized rim designs come as standard spec with a five twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and a high-sheen finish”

The wheels once again enjoy a lightweight alloy construction. The two aero-optimized rim designs come as standard spec with a five twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and a high-sheen finish. Sizing is measured at 7.5 inches by 18 inches in front with a 225/45R18 tire, plus 8.5 inches by 18 inches and 245/40R18 tire in the rear.

The other wheel option also comes with a five twin-spoke design, plus a tantalite grey color and either a high-gloss black or matte-black color in a high-sheen finish. Sizing is measured at 7.5 inches by 19 inches in front with a 225/40R19 tire in front, and 8.5 inches by 19 inches with a 255/35R19 tire in the rear.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Interior

  • Same general layout as before
  • Leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum throughout
  • Black headliner, red seatbelts
  • Multiple color options
  • Wood trim options
  • Optional AMG Performance seats
  • New AMG steering wheel
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Optional 12.3-inch gauge cluster
  • Loads of performance data to sift through
  • “Energizing comfort control”

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“Inside, you still get a healthy mix of both performance cues and luxury in equal amounts throughout.”

Inside the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43, the cabin layout doesn’t change a whole lot. You still get the same broad center console and copious horizontal design features, mixing both performance cues and luxury in equal amounts throughout.

Materials include leather upholstery, Dinamica microfiber coverings, and aluminum trim pieces. You can also get yours with Artico man-made leather or Dinamica microfiber finished in black with red contrast stitching, with the color combo added to the door panels and the dash.

The trim pieces arrive in a piano black lacquer finish and a light longitudinal-grain aluminum. There’s also plenty of carbon fiber and fiberglass with a matte silver finish, which is traditional flair for an AMG model. Up top is a black roof liner, while red seat belts add some color. Drivers will enjoy the aluminum sport pedals, which get black rubber studs for added grip.

Color options include leather in either all black, black with red contrast stitching, cranberry red with black, or saddle brown with black.

The Individualization options are numerous. There’s trim in an anthracite open-pore oak wood, as well as open-pore walnut for the doors and open-pore ash wood for the center console.

Spring for the Designo range, and you’ll be able to get into upholstery with handsome diamond quilting and a saddle brown with black color combo. There’s also a white pearl and a black color option, both of which can be added to the AMG Performance seats if desired (more on those in a second).


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“New for the 2019 model year is an updated AMG steering wheel, which is covered in nappa leather and features a contoured rim, flat bottom, and a red top center mark.”

New for the 2019 model year is an updated AMG steering wheel. Standout features include a contoured rim, flat bottom, perforated grips, and a red top center mark. The performance wheel is covered in nappa leather as standard, while the gearshift paddles are made from galvanized metal. The wheel is also optional in a nappa leather and Dynamica microfibre combo, or with nappa leather and black piano lacquer trim.

The thumb-length Touch Control buttons on the wheel are new for the model as well. These take a swiping motion for inputs control of the various features displayed on
the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Further inputs are made courtesy of the touchpad and controller on the center console and voice command feature.

Buyers looking to up the performance potential of their Merc even further can select the optional AMG Performance seats for extended bolstered lateral support. These up-rated sitters come with the option for adjustable side bolsters that can be either inflated or deflated thanks to the built-in air cushions. They also come with integrated head restraints, an optional heating feature, and optional leather upholstery as well.

In terms of uprated tech stuff, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 gets the option for a fully digital cockpit and AMG display, much like the Merc S-Class. This provides an exceptionally large digital readout behind the steering wheel, with a multiple display settings on hand, including “Classic,” “Sport,” and “Supersport.”


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“The C43 provides a plethora of information at a touch, such as temps for the engine oil, turbo boost pressure, and the variable exhaust noise settings.”

The C43 provides a plethora of information at a touch, such as temps for the engine and transmission oil, turbo boost pressure, the current drive system settings, the suspension settings, the variable exhaust noise settings, the electronic stability control, and the transmission settings, as well as more standard car info like the current road speed and the gear selected. There’s even an animated display of the driving assistance systems, and the vehicle and communication systems. Autonomous systems include Active Distance Assist and cruise control.

Further performance data is provided by a G-Force meter, plus there’s a race timer with lap times, average speed, distance covered, current engine torque, and horsepower levels.

Standard spec throws in a 7-inch display with a resolution of 960 by 540 pixels. Alternatively, buyers can upgrade to a new 10.25-inch display, which is larger than last time. The larger screen comes with a high-definition resolution of 1920 by 720 pixels, and comes bundled as standard with the Comand Online package, or as an option for the Audio 20 GPS system. A heads-up display rounds it all out.

Finally, the C43 comes with the option for “Energizing comfort control,” which networks a variety of onboard systems and their functionalities to offer a more cohesive comfort experience. Air conditioning, seat heating and ventilation, lighting, and even the music selection work together to create more comfort in the cabin.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Drivetrain

  • Twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6
  • Bigger turbos make 16 psi of boost
  • 23 more horsepower, up to 390 hp total
  • Torque static at 384 pound-feet
  • 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds
  • Nine-speed automatic gearbox
  • Manual shifting mode
  • Rear-biased AWD

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“Under the hood, Merc mounts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that makes more power, consumes less fuel, and produces fewer emissions.”

Take a peek under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 and you’ll find a standard AMG engine cover, complete with the traditional AMG badging and red aluminum inserts. Under the cover, Merc mounts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine, the same lump offered in the previous model year. This time around though, the engine makes more power, consumes less fuel, and produces fewer emissions.

The big update in the powertrain department is the new pair of turbos, which are larger this time around, making a maximum of 1.1 bar (16 psi) of boost. Once again, Mercedes mounts the turbos close to the engine, which helps to reduce spool time when digging into the loud pedal. Power sees a jump, with peak output rated at 390 horsepower, an increase of 23 horses overall. Torque remains unchanged, with a maximum of 520 Nm (384 pound-feet) created between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm.

Properly motivated, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, while the wagon takes a bit longer at 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).

As for efficiency, the C43 drinks 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km traveled (or 26 mpg), while combined emissions come to 214 grams per km.

Making the connection to the engine is an AMG SpeedShift TCT 9G automatic gearbox, which now offers quicker shift times. It’s also got a multiple-downshift feature and double-declutching function, plus multiple driving modes such as “Sport” and “Sport+.” For those who wish to have a more hands-on approach to the cog swaps, the nine-speed comes with a manual mode that won’t automatically upshift when you hit the redline. Switching to manual mode is indicated by a yellow M in the display.

The C43 is offered with Merc’s 4Matic AWD for the drive configuration. In addition to extra grip, this rear-biased system distributes torque with a 31/69 front-to-rear split, which should make it handle much sportier than a straight 50/50 split. Standout features include a single-stage transfer case that’s flange-mounted to the transmission as a separate system, which helps it to offer more variable torque splitting without compromising interior space.

2019 Mercedes-AMG Chassis And Handling

  • Multiple drive modes
  • New “Slippery” drive mode
  • Variable steering assist
  • Standard adaptive dampers
  • Loads of track-oriented components

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“The 2019 model year adds a new driving mode dubbed “Slippery,” and is indicated by a snowflake symbol in the display.”

While it certainly has the power to back its claim to sporting intentions, the 2019 C43 also has the right stuff to help it handle like a proper AMG should. It all starts with a four-link front axle and independent multilink in the rear, with the AMG tuning adding in extra high-camber stability for high-speed chops. There’s also an axial brake connection for the front.

In terms of electronic aides, the C43 comes with a selection of different drive modes, including “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” and “Individual,” all of which modify the settings for the engine, transmission, suspension, and steering. The 2019 model year also adds a new mode – “Slippery,” as indicated by a snowflake symbol. As you might expect, this modifies the power levels to maximize grip in low-traction, snow-covered conditions.

There’s also adjustable dampers with AMG Ride Control equipped as standard. These components are electronically controlled and fully automatic, and come matched to steel springs. The system can make adjustments to each wheel individually, as needed. The user can also modify the system settings manually using a switch on the center console, choosing between “Comfort,” “Sport,” and “Sport+.”

Up next is AMG-tuned speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio, offering less assistance at high speeds and more assistance at lower speeds. This makes the luxury sedan easier to drive around parking lots with its extra assistance, and more communicative when driving fast. The assistance level is also dependent on the driving mode selected, with more feedback obviously added for the sportier settings.


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“For anyone who doubts the C43’s performance potential, there’s ample opportunities to prove it thanks to the included data logger system.”

And for anyone who doubts the C43’s performance potential, there’s ample opportunities to prove it thanks to the included data logger system. This was designed specifically for those owners looking to take their ride to the track, incorporating something called an AMG Track Pace app that acts like a virtual race engineer.

Offered as an option for the Command Online infotainment system package, this system records vitals like speed and acceleration numbers, collecting a multitude of parameters at a rate of ten times per second. It’ll also record your lap times and even individual sector times for easy reference, highlighting specific data points in either green or red so you can quickly and easily discern where you are fast and where you are slow. Performance data like your 0 to 62 mph time, quarter mile time, and 62 mph to 0 braking times are all on hand.

To capture all that, the app uses onboard GPS data, as well as an onboard accelerometer, gyroscope, steering angles, and wheel speeds. The system even comes pre-loaded with layouts of well-known race tracks for your own reference, such as the Nurburgring. You can also record your own circuits if it your favorite track isn’t already included on the C43, then upload the data directly to social media as proof for your boasting.

Finally, the C43 should tip the scales at around 3,750 pounds – not exactly lightweight, but not as heavy as other luxury sedans in the segment.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Prices


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While there is no exact pricing announced as of yet, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 is expected to slot in around the same as the 2018 model, which currently starts at $53,400. Look for it to arrive in dealers by the end of the year.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Competition

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If Mercedes makes it, you can rest assured Audi has some competition for it. In this case, the C43 lines up against the S4, which arrives on the scene sporting a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 making as much as 354 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Despite the power gap to the Merc, the Audi is just as quick, hitting 62 mph in about 4.7 seconds. A standard quattro AWD system makes it grip with tenacity, while the latest tech keeps it safe. The interior is also quite nice, with an 8.3-inch screen sitting pretty on top of the dash.

Read our full review on the 2017 – 2018 Audi S4.

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If you’re looking to get away from the Teutonic status quo, then Infiniti has just what you need with the latest Q50. It certainly looks unique when placed next to the Merc and Audi thanks to its curving front end and big bold chrome strips around the grille. Under the hood is yet another 3.0-liter V-6, this time producing a whopping 400 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque. You can alternatively get into a 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid, if that’s more your speed. Top-shelf materials and cutting-edge tech round it out in the interior.

Read our full review on the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

Conclusion


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“When it comes to pumped-up luxury four-doors, the C43 is pretty much the benchmark.”

When it comes to pumped-up luxury four-doors, the C43 is pretty much the benchmark. Merc knows that, and as such, the C43 is offered in an impressive four different body styles, three output levels, and two drive types.

When it comes to this refresh, it’s pretty much exactly what we’d expect from Mercedes, and that’s a good thing. The extra power is always appreciated, while the interior goods bring the model in line with everything else in the German automaker’s stable. The high-end performance gear (lap timer, etc.) are a little strange for such an expensive (not to mention heavy) sedan, but we aren’t gonna dock it for that.

All told, the C43 has what it takes to stand tall in this segment, and this latest refresh underlines that fact.

  • Leave it
    • * Several alternatives in the segment
    • * Will anyone really take this to the track?
    • * Optional equipment can make it a bit pricey

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43

The new, go-faster, AMG-Powered C-Class is here, and it’s only fitting that we give it a proper display in our Wallpaper of the Day series. There’s quite a few to choose from, so if you don’t like our pick, there’s plenty in the gallery below. Go ahead, spruce up that desktop 😉

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We even have an expert review of the Mercedes-AMG C43, so don’t forget to check that out too!

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Debuts In Geneva, And It’s A Classic Mercedes Refresh

The AMG C43 is a great choice for anyone looking to get into the Affalterbach lifestyle without the usual auctioning off of vital organs. Now, there’s a new model dropping in Switzerland, and it looks to be a classic Mercedes refresh.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“Some brands are better at the art of the refresh than others, and Mercedes is arguably one of the best. The 2019 AMG C43 is a prime example.”

Keeping an older model feeling as fresh as possible without putting a ton of work into it is a special art. Some brands are better at it than others, and Mercedes is arguably one of the best.

Let’s take a look at the 2019 AMG C43 as an example. At a little over $50,000, this pumped-up C-Class is definitely desirable and sporty, but it isn’t quite as insane as some of the other AMG models. Rather, this is a model that must exhibit all the usual AMG characteristics (aggressive styling, luxurious yet performance-capable interior, and a solid wallop under the hood), but without going so far off into the deep end as to make it unobtainable to average folks. Think of it as entry-level AMG lifestyle stuff.


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“To that end, the AMG C43 once again comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers.”

To that end, the AMG C43 once again comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 stuffed by two turbochargers. This time around though, the tune was tweaked to yield a maximum of 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. While the latter figure is unchanged compared to the outgoing model, the power increase represents an extra 23 horses compared to the old C43’s 362 horsepower.

And that’s perfect for a refresh like this – enough to grab some headlines, but definitely still within the realm of a simple engine tune. The engineers probably knocked it out in a few weekends.

Once again, the 2019 AMG C43 connects the six-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD system with rear-biased torque distribution.
The 0-to-60 mph run is done in 4.6 seconds, while 130 mph is achieved in the top end. Still impressive, but nothing that breaks from the outgoing model.

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Note: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C43 pictured on the left, 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 pictured on the right.

The same can be said of the exterior. The look is technically new, but not terribly different in any one way. For example, the grille gets double divider lines finished in silver, while the wheel designs (sizing ranges between 18 and 19 inches in diameter) are fresh as well. Further sub-divisions can be found in the corner intakes. LED lighting is standard, while circular exhaust tips replace the outgoing model’s squared pipes.

Moving inside, we find Merc is offering the right gear to entice customers. There are optional digital gauges, a first for the model, with a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel plucked from higher in the model lineup. Nappa leather once again covers the flat-bottom steering wheel, but the wheel now gets touch-sensitive inputs. Carbon fiber remains the material of choice for the center console. An AMG Dynamic Select module is used for all the different driving modes, with the latest model year adding a “Slippery” driving mode to the usual “Comfort,” “Sport,” etc.


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The latest AMG C43 will debuts in Geneva alongside the rest of the C-Class lineup. Look for even more information as the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show gets rolling this week.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Comparison: 2017 Mercedes C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes C-Class

When it was unveiled back in 2014, the W205-generation C-Class redefined the premium compact market with its sporty exterior design and exquisite interior layout. Based on the larger S-Class, which was still new back then, the C-Class made the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 look old and dated. The fact that the two were three and seven years old in 2014 also helped the C-Class become the king of the luxury compact market instantly. But things have changed since them. Audi launched a new A4 in 2015, while BMW updated the 3 Series for the 2016 model year and it’s getting ready to launch a new-generation model in 2018. The C-Class is no longer that far ahead, so Mercedes gave its four-door a makeover.

On top of the usual exterior design changes, the C-Class was updated with new features and technology inside the cabin. Highlights include a new digital display for all models and a standard seven-inch screen for the lower-spec versions. Mercedes also added touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheels, and new driver assist features that make the car semi-autonomous, just like in the bigger E-Class and S-Class models. Of course, exterior changes are an important part of a facelift, so let’s see what makes the upgraded model stand out in the comparison below.

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Front

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“The front bumper is described as new, but in reality, it gained minor touches here in there”

It takes a closer look to spot all the little changes, but it’s very common for mid-cycle facelifts to bring mild revisions. Even when we’re talking about Mercedes-Benz. Much like every update of this kind, the changes mostly affect the front and rear fascias. Up front, the C-Class gained new headlamps. They’re basically the same as far as shape and size go, but they were redesigned under the plastic covers. The hockey stick LED daytime running lights are thicker and have been moved closer to the inner edge. The main grille appears to be the same, but now sports the fancy diamond grille on almost every trim.

The front bumper is described as new, but in reality, it gained minor touches here in there. The center vent is a bit wider, while the side intakes are taller, giving the front end a more aggressive look. The car in the photos also sports a couple of horizontal strakes in each of the side vents, but that feature isn’t available on all models. It’s a good improvement overall.

Side

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“There are two new exterior colors: green and silver. Yey!”

This is where you could look at either of the two cars, because it’s exactly what you get not matter if you buy the new 2018 C-Class or a used, pre-facelift model. Nothing has changed aside from the side panels of the front bumper and the fact that the revised sedan comes with new wheel designs. The five-spoke model seen here is definitely cool to look at — I like how the spokes seem to float around the center hub — but again, this is the norm today. Oh, and there are two new exterior colors: green and silver. Yey!

Facelifts rarely change a car’s profile, so we will keep seeing this side view until the next-generation model arrives.

Rear

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“The new, inverted C-shaped LED lights give the sedan a modern look”

If you like noticeable facelifts, you’d better head back to the “Front” section and enjoy those photos a bit more, because the rear end doesn’t have much to offer. If you’re still here, check out the taillights for new features. Fortunately, Mercedes did a good job here. The previous two-unit LED layout was far from inspiring, while the new, inverted C-shaped LED lights give the sedan a modern look. The shape and size of the taillights are the same, but I like these S-Class-inspired units, and I’m glad that Merc kept them. The diffuser-like element is now finished in black, and there’s chrome trim running below the bumper and the big exhaust pipes, but that’s about. Still, it’s a solid upgrade that will keep the model fresh for a couple more years.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Unveiled

As if it weren’t already obvious from the vast quantity of examples seen on the road, the current generation of the C-Class compact four-door is officially the German brand’s best-selling model, moving as many as 417,000 units worldwide last year. Now, there’s a new model on the horizon, and it’s promising refreshed goods inside and out.

Let’s start with the stuff outside, where the high-powered AMG-spec’d models make their presence known thanks to a diamond grille fitted in front as standard, plus a new front apron and a rear diffuser for the 2019 model year. The rest of the line includes a bevy of silver and chrome trim, as well as halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights. Options include full-LED headlights, which also include goodies like
“High Performance” elements with an “Ultra Range” high beam. The exterior paint options now throw in shades like Mojave silver metallic and emerald green metallic, while standard 17-inch wheels are found in the corners.

Step inside, and you’ll find an interior layout that looks more or less identical to the outgoing model, but Merc swears it’s updated for 2019, and includes a redesign for the center console. Optional interior materials include open-pore brown walnut trim and open-pore anthracite oak, while new interior color schemes include magma grey and black, plus saddle brown for the AMG line. There’s also a new multi-contour seat package which allows for individually adjustable side bolsters and lumbar support, as well as a massaging effect.

In terms of tech, the new C-Class is offered with a fully digital instrument display taken from the S-Class, and complete with three individual viewing modes. Standard spec throws a 5.5-inch display in between the gauges, but with the full digital option, you get a 12.3-inch screen instead. The center screen on the dash measures in at 7.0 inches as standard, but there’s also a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen if you’re willing to pay a bit more. Further features include touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, a Qi wireless phone charging system, and the optional Comand Online navigation system.

Mercedes says the C-Class can “drive semi-autonomously in certain situations,” and includes optional features like Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Steering Assist, and Active Emergency Stop Assist. Active Brake Assist is standard.

Motivation is once again derived from a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets up-rated in the latest 2019 model year to produce as much as 255 horsepower. A 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission routes the power aft as standard, with AWD offered as an available option.

Pricing will be announced in March when the C-Class makes its formal debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. Look for the first batch to arrive hot off the presses in August.

References

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