The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida will mark the launch of the Mercedes AMG C43 sedan on 14 December 2016. Mercedes-Benz has launched 12 models in the country so far in 2016, with the last one being the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift just a few weeks ago. The launch event also saw the company announce that it would end the year with another launch, but kept mum on the specifics. Speculations have been rife since then that the 13th launch for the Bavarian manufacturer would be none other than the AMG C43, but nothing was confirmed until recently. Now, the rumours have been turned into reality, and the location and date have been set. The Mercedes AMG C43 will be the third launch in 2016 for India from the Mercedes-AMG high performance division of Mercedes-Benz. Also Read - F1 2021: Emilia Romagna GP - Will Experience Continue Its Domination or Can The Youth Usher in New Era?

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Before this, Mercedes-AMG had launched the AMG GLE 43 Coupe as well as the AMG SLC 43. Now, it will be the Mercedes AMG C43, set to launch as an early New Year s gift from Mercedes Benz for India s premium performance sedan segment. The AMG C43 is, simply put, a performance-tuned version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan. The C-Class sedan was previously positioned as the entry-level model from Mercedes but has not been placed higher up the range. The recently-launched 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift has now been placed as the lowest priced model from Mercedes-Benz India. The upcoming Mercedes AMG C43 will be slotted between the C200 and more powerful AMG C 63 S. Also Read: New Mercedes-Benz CLA 2017 vs Audi A3: Price, features and specifications comparison Also Read - Max Verstappen Beats Lewis Hamilton to Take Pole Position For Bahrain GP

Under the hood of the Mercedes-AMG sedan is a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-litre V6 engine tuned to deliver 362 bhp of power and 570 Nm of torque, mated to the 9G-tronic nine-speed automatic transmission and the automaker s rear-biased 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The car is claimed to go from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.7 seconds, and it is expected to come with a rather loud exhaust sound too. It will also be coming in Sport, Sport Plus and Comfort driving modes, with the Sport Plus coming with the stiffest suspension setting and more aggressive shift mapping and Comfort offering a softer suspension and lighter steering. The sedan will also feature the AMG RIDE CONTROL Sport suspension with a rigid and light four-wheel multilink design and AMG-developed springs along with three-stage variable damping and electronically controlled shock absorbers.

With three AMG launches in 2016, it would seem like Mercedes is looking to make its high performance division a better-known name in India. The 2017 AMG C43 will be the automaker s entry-level performance car, replacing the C450 AMG.