The Mercedes-AMG C43 is a trim of its own, so there are no trim levels within this range, per se. You only get one engine and transmission specification. This is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with the 48-volt electric motor connected to a nine-speed automatic AMG Speedshift transmission and rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel drive. Optional features are few and far and are mostly bundled in packages. Standard specs for the Mercedes-AMG C43 include 18-inch alloy wheels, the 11.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MBUX, Parktronic with active parking assist, AMG ride control with three-stage damping, a 64-color ambient lighting package, keyless-go smart remote keyless entry, and heated seats.
At the time of compiling this review, there is no confirmed starting price for the Mercedes-AMG C43 even though it is due to be released to the market in the coming weeks.
There are a fair amount of optional packages to be had in all Mercedes-AMG C43 models. Two AMG Night Package configurations include a series of black chrome elements for the exterior to give the performance sedan a sleeker overall presence. For a sportier look, you can consider the Carbon Fiber package. The Digital Light package upgrades the headlights to stronger adaptive LEDs. The Performance Seat Package Advanced fits the sports seats with memory function, AMG branding embossed on the headrest, chrome detailing, partial leather upholstery, and multi-contours with bolster adjustments. The Pinnacle Trim package is the most comprehensive when it comes to technological additions. This includes enhanced ambient lighting, a head-up display with AMG-specific readings, navigation powered by MBUX, inductive wireless charging for smartphones, the Burmester 3D surround sound system with music streaming, and augmented video capabilities.
There is only one option of the Mercedes-AMG C43 that you can consider, but thanks to the way the packages and options are set up, you really can create a trim that is tailored to your liking. Many comfort features come standard, but there is a bundle of visual, safety, and performance-minded options that you can choose from. Must-have options consist of the Driver Assistance package which adds semi-autonomous safety features such as adaptive cruise control and emergency braking intervention. We also strongly recommend the Real Performance Sound package because the standard engine and exhaust note seriously lacks enthusiasm. If you value a high-end entertainment system, we suggest you tick the Pinnacle Trim. This is unlikely to be one of the cheapest options but given that it completely uplifts the infotainment experience with a better sound system and more functionalities, it would be a package that you make use of frequently. As noted, we are unaware of how much these packages may cost as pricing is still yet to be announced by Mercedes-Benz USA.