Mercedes has revealed the all-new Mercedes-AMG E53 4Matic+. Available in saloon and estate body styles, priced from $85,210 and $87,965 respectively, the first deliveries are scheduled for July 2018. Taking over from the E43, the E53 will slot below the E63 models in the AMG ranks.
Visually, one might struggle to distinguish the new E53 from the outgoing E43. However, it’s an altogether different beast in regards to its powertrain. The twin-turbo 3-litre V6 engine found in the E43 has been ditched in favour of a hybrid set-up employing Mercedes’ ‘EQ Boost’ technology, first implemented in the AMG CLS53.
The E53 combines a 3-litre in-line six with the EQ Boost electric motor, which doubles as a starter-alternator. Sandwiched between the engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, the motor serves up 22bhp and 181lb ft of torque, taking the respective totals to 429bhp and 383lb ft. That’s 33bhp more than the E43, with the peak torque figure unchanged.