2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic Wagon gets official

Article by Christian A., on February 8, 2017

Would you like a premium wagon that can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and go as fast as 180 mph (290 km/h)? Then, perhaps you should turn your attention to the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon.

As you can see, the 2018 AMG E63 S Wagon isn’t your ordinary wagon. It also goes beyond being a premium wagon from Mercedes. It is a performance-laden premium wagon that boasts of a high level of practicality and roominess.

The recently unveiled AMG E63 Sedan sure is stunning both in elegance and performance. However, if you needed more space, the 2018 AMG E63 S Wagon would be a better proposition.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon could be best described as a fusion of comfort, elegance and space, as well as dynamism, speed and quickness.

Powertrain

The dynamic character of the AMG E63 S Wagon comes from the fact that – as a creation of Mercedes’ performance division – it is laden with a number of elements that make it sportier and more powerful than its E Class siblings. Central to these dynamic elements is the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that delivers a whopping 603 hp (450 kW) of max output and 627 lb.-ft. (850 Nm) of peak torque. This splendid power is sent to all four wheels – the AMG E63 S Wagon employs a 4Matic all-wheel drive system – through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Despite employing a 4Matic all-wheel drive setup, the AMG E63 S Wagon could be driven as a rear-wheel-drive unit. This could be done by turning off the wagon’s electronic stability program (ESP), placing the nine-speed dual-clutch transmission in manual mode and enabling the so-called Race setting.

In this configuration, a driver could effectively enable the Drift Mode, which means that power from the engine is only sent to the rear wheels for a sportier and more dynamic drive. Moreover, the new AMG E63 S Wagon comes – as part of the standard features – with variable torque distribution, dynamic engine mounts and an electronically controlled rear limited slip differential.

Although both the AMG E63 S Wagon and the AMG E63 Sedan are powered by the same engine, their levels of quickness aren’t the same. This is simply because the 2018 AMG E63 S Wagon is heavier than the AMG E63 Sedan.

Because of the extra weight, the AMG E63 S Wagon could only sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds – just a tenth of a second slower than the AMG E63 Sedan (3.5 seconds). Nonetheless, 3.4 seconds is impressive as it means that the AMG E63 S Wagon already strays in the territory of supercars, and has an electronically limited top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).

Press Release

The new Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ Estate and E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate: Dynamism meets space and intelligence

In the new E 63 4MATIC+* Estate and E 63 S 4MATIC+* Estate, Mercedes‑AMG combines the brand's hallmark Driving Performance with high utility value and the intelligence of the E‑Class. As in the Saloon, the 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine with an output of up to 450 kW (612 hp) and the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive deliver outstanding driving dynamics. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds sets a new record in this class. At the same time the engine is now even more efficient thanks to a cylinder deactivation system fitted as standard.

Like the Saloon, the E 63 4MATIC Estate and E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate offer innovative drive technology and outstanding performance coupled with a unique design, exclusive appointments and the latest infotainment features for a wide range of connected multimedia applications.

The new Estate boasts even more agile response than its predecessor: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT (Multi Clutch Technology) 9‑s peed sports transmission is combined with a wet clutch. Another highlight is the new AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, which combines the advantages of various drive configurations. Torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which is fully variable for the first time, ensures optimum traction in all road conditions.

"The new AMG E 63 Estate combines our brand's hallmark driving dynamics with high everyday practicality. It is not for nothing that the model has been a permanent fixture in the AMG portfolio for 40 years. The powerful engine and the intelligent all-wheel drive underpin our claim to always be at the forefront of development when it comes to performance," states Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Exterior design

Every detail of the exterior is designed to enable AMG Driving Performance to be experienced at first hand from every perspective. The distinctive, sporty design of the front end forward of the A-pillar demonstrates the lengths AMG goes to when it comes to development: For the first time on an AMG estate, the bonnet is inset between the wings and bumper like on a coupé, thus exhibiting an entirely new, more dynamic approach to the sculpting. More powerful-looking and 27 millimetres wider, the wheel arches accommodate the greater track width and the larger wheels on the front axle.

A wide front apron inspired by the design of a jet wing, with flics in black and a large front splitter, impressively epitomises the power of the new models. It also showcases the sophisticated cooling technology – a typical feature from motorsport and another visual reference to the powerful engine.

The side sill panels make the estate appear to sit lower on the road and elongate the overall line, culminating in a muscular rear end with an apron insert sporting a diffuser look and the two high-gloss chrome-plated twin tailpipe trims of the exhaust system. The hallmark AMG V8 sound has been tuned specifically for the Estate model.

Designers and aerodynamics experts worked closely together to develop the E 63 4MATIC+ Estate. Their insights not only resulted in the striking AMG bodystyling but also the performance-oriented lift balance – for agile handling characteristics on country roads and optimum driving stability at high speed on the motorway.

The new E 63 4MATIC+ Estate likewise sets standards in its segment when it comes to everyday practicality: boasting a capacity of 640 to 1820 litres, its boot is the largest in the performance estate segment. The rear seat back comes as standard with a new cargo-related functionality: it can be positioned at a 10-degree steeper angle. This creates an additional 30 litres of cargo volume while continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats. In addition, the rear seat back can be folded down in a 40:20:40 split. Unlocking is electric.

New peak of performance: 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with twin-scroll turbochargers

The versatile AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine in the E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate takes peak output to a new level at 450 kW (612 hp). The maximum torque of 850 Nm is likewise a new high. It is available over a broad engine speed range of 2500 to 4500 rpm and so provides a feeling of effortless superiority in every accelerator pedal position. The E 63 4MATIC+ Estate is rated at 420 kW (571 hp) and has 750 Nm of torque. The S version completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, the E 63 4MATIC+ in 3.6 seconds.

The standard-fit AMG Cylinder Management and a number of other measures make the new performance estate exceptionally efficient: with a combined fuel consumption of 9.1 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 206 grams per kilometre (combined), both engine variants set a new best by comparison with their competitors. Twin-scroll turbochargers are installed for the first time to further enhance the performance and response of the AMG 4.0-litre V8 engine. They reduce the exhaust gas backpressure and optimise the gas cycle, resulting in higher output, exceptionally spontaneous response and higher torque at low revs.

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive

Both estate models come with the innovative AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all‑wheel-drive system fitted as standard. This newly engineered, intelligent system brings together the advantages of various drive configurations: torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which is fully variable for the first time, ensures optimum traction on any surface. The driver can rely on a high level of handling safety.

An electromechanically controlled coupling connects the permanently driven rear axle variably to the front axle. The best possible torque distribution is calculated continuously. The performance estate can thus be driven in a continuously variable way from traction-oriented all-wheel drive to purely rear-wheel drive. In addition to traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel-drive system also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.

Short shift times, high efficiency: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission is specially tuned to the requirements of both models, featuring re-engineered hardware and software. The software enables extremely short shift times and fast multiple downshifts while the double-clutching function makes for an emotive gearshifting experience. A wet clutch replaces the torque converter. It saves weight and optimises response, especially when accelerating or coming off the power.

For a personalised experience: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs

The four different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual" allow drivers to extensively influence the characteristics of the E 63 Estate. Key parameters are modified - such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP® and all-wheel-drive system. Independently of the drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are performed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. Individual suspension settings can be selected as required. The S version also comes with the "RACE" drive program for highly dynamic driving on closed race circuits. Here all parameters are set for maximum performance.

Specially developed suspension for maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics

The agility and the high cornering speeds of the new models are down to the all‑new AMG suspension with full-support multi-chamber air suspension, which ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving dynamics and steering precision.

A four-link front axle design uses forged aluminium components with wishbones, strut rod and spring link. Independent wheel control and wheel suspension parts enable higher lateral acceleration, but minimal torque steer on the steering system. The likewise model-specific, completely redesigned rear axle was specially adapted to the higher vehicle dynamics. The suspension thus ensures hallmark E-Class comfort with high levels of precision and driving dynamics.

Personalised driving experience thanks to three-chamber air suspension system

Thanks to a sporty spring and damper set-up and continuously variable damping, the new three-chamber air suspension system combines exemplary driving dynamics with excellent road roar and tyre vibration characteristics. The stiffness of the air springs can be adjusted over a wide range by activating or deactivating individual air chambers, which tangibly enhances comfort and handling.

There are three degrees of spring tuning, depending on the selected drive program and current driving status. The spring rate is hardened automatically in the event of sudden load changes, fast cornering, heavy acceleration or heavy braking, which effectively reduces roll and pitching while stabilising the performance estate.

The adaptive damping can be set in three stages – “Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus” – to choose between relaxed comfort on long journeys and maximum sportiness. The rebound and compression levels are adjusted independently of each other, and the freely programmable characteristics map permits a wide spread between the minimum and maximum damper force. The difference between the comfortable and sporty suspension setting is more refined and is clearly perceptible – depending on the driving style.

Rear differential lock: optimum traction

For improved traction and vehicle dynamics, the E 63 4MATIC+ Estate has a mechanical rear-axle limited-slip differential, while the S model comes with an electronically controlled version. Both differentials reduce the slip on the inside wheel when cornering, without control interventions in the braking system. The driver is able to accelerate out of bends earlier and more powerfully. The car remains more stable when braking from high speeds, the limited-slip differential improves traction when moving off.

The greatest benefit of the electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential is the even more sensitive and proactive control, which pushes the thresholds higher and makes it easier to drive at the vehicle's limits. The three-stage ESP® with "ESP ON", "ESP SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" settings works in precise unison with the rear-axle limited-slip differential and the all-wheel drive, and is optimally tuned to the outstanding dynamics.

E 63 S 4MATIC+ with dynamic engine mounts as standard

Uniquely in this segment, the E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate is fitted with dynamic engine mounts, which solve the conflicting goals of achieving as soft a connection as possible to the powertrain for high comfort and as rigid a connection as possible for optimum driving dynamics. The dynamic mounts are quickly and variably able to adapt their stiffness to the driving conditions and requirements. These measures enhance the vehicle's precision when driven dynamically, while the soft setting increases comfort tangibly.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

Both models feature electromechanical speed-sensitive sports steering with a variable ratio, which impresses thanks to the rack ratio with precise and authentic feedback. Steering power assistance is variably adjusted in the stages "Comfort", "Sport" or "Sport Plus". The relevant characteristics are automatically activated depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT drive program or can be personalised in "Individual" mode. The driver does not need to steer much at low speeds while at high speed he or she is able to rely on solid straight-line stability.

Good sensitivity and fade-resistant: the AMG high-performance braking system

The large-sized high-performance compound braking system is reliable, quick and fade-resistant, even under high loads. There are internally ventilated and perforated compound brake discs in size 360 x 36 mm at the front with six-piston fixed callipers and in size 360 x 24 mm with single-piston floating brake callipers on the rear axle.

The S version is fitted with even larger compound brake discs on the front axle in size 390 x 36 mm. Plus there is an AMG Carbon Ceramic braking system available as an option, with brake discs in size 402 x 39 mm on the front axle and 360 x 32 mm on the rear axle.

Sporty characteristics: the interior design

The interior reinforces the consistently dynamic bias with numerous specially designed details. The AMG performance steering wheel in black nappa leather is ideal for a sporty driving style. The driver and front passenger enjoy a secure position in the front sports seats, whatever the driving style, thanks to the improved lateral support. AMG performance seats with integral head restraints can be ordered as an option. The interior of the S version has been further refined and includes a nappa leather trim for the dashboard and beltlines as well as seat belts in crystal grey and a steering wheel with grey 12-o'clock marking.

All of the important information appears within the driver's field of vision on the AMG instrument cluster. Dials in a carbon-fibre look and the distinctive typography lend the displays an especially sporty touch. The widescreen multifunction display with two monitors comes as standard in the S version, otherwise it is available as an option. With the widescreen display, the driver can choose from three display designs unique to AMG: Classic, Sport and Progressive.

Intelligent Drive

The E 63 4MATIC+ Estate and the S version feature all the connectivity and Intelligent Drive functions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, such as DRIVE PILOT to assist the driver with semi-automated driving in traffic jams or on routine trips.

In addition to the standard functions of Mercedes me connect, Remote Online (included as standard with COMAND Online) offers a range of convenience features via smartphone. New functions include the Concierge Service with personal services such as weather and stock-market information, route recommendations, or suggestions for sporting or cultural activities. The required navigation data is transmitted straight to the vehicle. This service is free of charge for the first year.

Even more exclusivity: the E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate "Edition 1"

From launch, the E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate will be available as the exclusively configured "Edition 1" for around one year. The paintwork in designo selenite grey magno or optionally in designo night black magno and the AMG Night package further enhance the car's powerful aura while the light grey stripes above the side sill panels emphasise the elongated side line to full effect. Added to this are the AMG 20-inch 7-twin-spoke forged wheels, painted in matt black with high-gloss polished rim flange.

AMG performance seats in black nappa leather with yellow top stitching create an exceptionally sporty ambience in the interior, which is further enhanced by the colour-coordinated yellow highlights on the AMG performance sports steering wheel, upper part of the dashboard, door panels, centre console, AMG floor mats and analogue clock in IWC design. The sports steering wheel in black DINAMICA microfibre features "Edition 1" lettering and a 12-o'clock marking in black. Carbon-fibre trim elements further enhance the exciting juxtaposition of colours and materials.

The world premiere of the two performance estate models will be at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. Sales release is in April 2017, with the market launch scheduled to start in June 2017.

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