European brand cars have a cycle when it comes to updating their models. For German car maker Mercedes Benz, it is that time of the year again as it announces updates for the coupe and cabriolet versions of the Mercedes Benz C-class and Mercedes AMG C43. More power will be at the forefront of the updates. Mercedes revealed that both cars will be bolstered by a slight power increase for both engines.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four engine of the Mercedes Benz C300 will get an additional 14 horsepower from 241 to 255 horsepower available from 5800 to 6100 rpm. According to Robert Janitzek, maximum torque remains at 273 lb-ft now delivered from 1800 rpm to 4000 revs from the previous 1500 to 4000 revs. On the other hand, the Mercedes AMG C43 will also get an increase in power. From the previous 362 horsepower at 5500 rpm, output will increase at 385 horsepower at 6100 revs. Maximum torque is still at 384 lb-ft delivered at 2500 and 5000 rpms from the previous 2000 rpm.
With its 9-speed automatic transmission which is standard on all C-class models, the 2019 Mercedes Benz C Class can now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the C43 can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed for both versions is 130 mph. All-wheel drive is optional for the C300 and standard on the C43.
The 2019 Mercedes Benz C43 will come with a new double-wing design. In addition, it will have a more aggressive front bumper as well as a more pronounced rear diffuser. The four round exhaust outlets are fat and substantial. Meanwhile, the trapezoidal units of the C300 have been cut in half. While visual changes on the C300 have become less prominent, LED taillights and headlights are now available as a standard feature on all versions of this European brand car. Adaptive headlights are optional.
Inside the two cars, the 10.3-inch central infotainment screen will come as a standard feature. A new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will become available. Steering wheels will now feature touch sensitive switches on their spokes. There are different décor options ranging from classic wood to the typical carbon-fiber trim. The analog clock will still be there but wireless device charging is new as well as haptic feedback for touch sensitive COMMAND controller.
The C-Class will come with driver support as part of the Driver Assistance Package by adjusting road speed when nearing curves intersections or roundabouts by using map and navigation data. Active lane change assist lets you change lanes on a highway by simply tipping the turn signal stalk.
The 2019 C300 and AMG C43 models arrive at showrooms in late 2018. Though pricing has not yet been set, bet on a small increase from 2018 pricing, which starts at $44,195 for the C300 coupe to $61,795 for the C43 cabriolet, all including destination.