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New Mercedes-AMG C43 unveiled, gets 48V mild hybrid system and more power

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Stuttgart/ Germany: Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the new C43 saloon. The new sedan has become the first model from the maker to have the newly developed mild-hybrid version of the Mercedes performance division’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a 48V electric system and electric turbocharger. It is to be noted that the C43 has received significant design changes to accommodate the new engine.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Powertrain
The biggest change to the new AMG C 43 is the new powertrain under the hood. The previous edition’s 385 hp twin-turbo V6 makes way for a new 2.0-litre four-pot turbo-petrol mill that belts out 408 hp of max power and has a 500 Nm peak torque output. This engine is actually the world’s first series-production unit to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger.

Mercedes claims that “the new form of turbocharging guarantees particularly spontaneous response across the entire rev range and thus offers an even more dynamic driving experience.” The turbocharger is operated via a 48-volt electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter-generator (RSG). The belt-driven starter-generator can add 14 extra hp in certain conditions, if required.

The engine is mated with an MCT nine-speed automatic gearbox, transferring power to all wheels through an AMG-specific 4Matic AWD system. Mercedes-AMG has not yet released the acceleration statistics of the C43. The new Mercedes-AMG C43 offers multiple drive modes, i.e., Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

A new front axle with model-specific steering knuckles and load-bearing joints is included in the new car. Adaptive dampers are standard on the AMG Ride Control suspension, consisting of a front suspension with double wishbones and a rear suspension with multi-links.

With an electric turbocharger replacing the exhaust-gas turbocharger used previously and a newly configured belt-driven starter-generator to boost reserves momentarily under full load, the 1991cc powerplant develops a claimed 201bhp per litre, lifting the output of the C43 40bhp beyond its predecessor to 402bhp. Torque decreases by 15lb ft to 369lb ft, however.

The new AMG powerplant is based on the standard M270 engine, as used across the Mercedes-Benz line-up. It’s assembled partially by hand at AMG’s Affalterbach headquarters near Stuttgart in Germany.

A range of characteristic AMG stylistic cues distinguish the new C43 from conventional C-Class models. A Panamericana-style front grille with vertical louvres, a model-specific bumper, beefier side sills, and a revised rear bumper with a diffuser and chromed tailpipes are just a few of the changes.

Inside the Mercedes-AMG C43, there are AMG-specific digital graphics for the instrument and infotainment displays, a leather-bound AMG Performance flat-bottom steering wheel, artificial leather and microfiber AMG sports seats AMG pedals, and red seat belts, among other trim alterations.

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