Mercedes-AMG performance is now being offered at more affordable prices, as Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched locally-assembled (CKD) versions of the C 43 Sedan as well as the GLC 43 SUV. Both models were first introduced in fully-imported (CBU) form in May last year.

Let’s get to the best bit first, the price. We’ll start with the C 43 Sedan, which in CKD guise, is priced at RM408,888 on-the-road without insurance – it is RM91,000 less than the CBU version. As for the GLC 43, the high-performance SUV was priced at RM538,888 as a CBU unit, but is now just RM468,888, or RM70,000 less, as a CKD model. Prices are inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

In terms of specifications, both cars are identical to the CBU models. Both are powered by the same M276 DELA 30 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 with 362 hp (367 PS) and 520 Nm of torque. Power is directed to the wheels via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as well as the automaker’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The latter is a rear-biased system that distributes torque according to a 31:69 front-to-rear split.

Performance-wise, the C 43 Sedan will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the GLC 43 takes 4.9 seconds to do the same. Both cars top out at an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.

On the handling side of things, the C 43 retains the CBU’s AMG Ride Control adaptive damper, with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings. These correspond with the AMG Dynamic Select system, which itself has Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual drive modes that also adjusts engine, transmission and steering response.

As for the GLC 43, it continues with an AMG sports suspension based on the Air Body Control system. This is backed by ADS Plus adaptive damping, which offers Comfort, Sport and Sport plus damping modes. The AMG Dynamic Select system is also present here.

The exterior kit list appears to be unchanged despite the lower prices, as both cars still come with an AMG Line styling package, Night Package and LED Intelligent Light headlamps. Model-specific items on the C 43 Sedan include 19-inch AMG two-tone five-twin-spoke alloy wheels and a front spoiler lip.

The GLC 43 meanwhile, gets 21-inch AMG two-tone five-twin-spoke wheels instead, along with black roof rails, exterior chrome package and aluminium-look running boards with rubber studs on the sides.

Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan (left), Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 (right)

As for the interior, black Artico man-made leather/Dinamice microfibre upholstery can be found in both vehicles along with piano black and aluminium trim, designo red seat belts, powered front seats with memory function, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and AMG floor mats.

Other items include a Thermotronic dual-zone climate control system, 360-degree camera, Parking Pilot, COMAND Online, an 8.4-inch infotainment display, 13-speaker Burmester sound system, Keyless Go with push start, Pre-Safe (includes autonomous emergency braking), seven airbags and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel.

As mentioned at the start, the C 43 Sedan goes for RM408,888, while the GLC 43 is priced at RM468,888. Buyers can opt in to the Performance Agility Care package, where they will enjoy the benefits of Agility Financing and scheduled vehicle maintenance. As an example, the C 43 Sedan can be had with a monthly installment of RM4,088 over three years, inclusive of all service charges. Interested?

For detailed specifications of the CKD C 43 Sedan and GLC 43, head on over to CarBase.my

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