Mercedes-AMG only came out with the E43 lineup a few years ago, and already, the said model is ready to retire the badge so they could give way for the arrival of the electrified E53 family. It was first revealed at the beginning of the year during the Detroit Auto Show and came in two body styles, a coupe and a cabriolet. These were then followed by the reveal of the sedan and wagon flavours last month.
And according to the automaker, towards the end of the year, Mercedes will be selling the 2019 model year E53 Sedan in the United States, as a replacement of the E43 Sedan, and it will come along with the more upscale two-door E53 models. To make it clear, the name change is just a minor thing.
The real upgrade is in its performance, as it now packs more power. But instead, the new inline six biturbo 3.0 liter engine has an output of 429 horsepower and 384 pound feet of torque. That’s a noticeable difference compared to the old model that offered the output of 396 horsepower and 384 pound feet that came from the former V6 engine.
What’s also new about the E53 models would be the mild hybrid setup with an EQ Boost component that results to a boost of 21 horsepower and 184 pound feet. In only 4.4 seconds, the partially electrified powertrain can hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill, while the coupe can finish it quicker by 0.1 second. Either body styles have an electronic top speed of 130 miles per hour.
The E53 isn’t just known for its new engine, but it also has larger brakes and an assortment of visual tweaks, with new optional 20 inch AMG rims with a twin five-spoke design. It also a new AMG Performance steering wheel together with other minor tweaks, but of course, the strong engine will get all the attention.
Another thing that the 2019 Mercedes AMG E53 Sedan features would be the five dynamic select drive modes. These range from Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ to Individual. The driver will be able to tailor the characteristics of the said model to suit personal preferences by only having to press one button. These modes have different functions, from efficient, to comfortable, and sporty. Factors that have been improved include engine response, transmission, suspension and steering.
It is too early for Mercedes to give us the pricing details, but we are not expecting it to be priced far from the E43 Sedan’s $71,600 price tag. If you want the exact same powertrain in a more stylish body, then the CLS 53 is definitely the car for you. This will be available as early as this fall.