It was in late 2016 when Mercedes-AMG introduced the E43 as the baby AMG in the E-Class range. It was powered by a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 and produced 401 PS and 521 Nm of torque. After only two years however, we will be bidding farewell to the E43, as a replacement has already been introduced. Welcome the AMG E53.
In similar fashion to the E43, the E53 is also all-wheel drive. Power is once again sent to all four wheels by a 9-speed automatic transmission. What makes the E53 different from the E43 however is the new engine under the hood. Gone is the biturbo 3.0-liter V6. Instead, the E53 uses a biturbo 3.0-liter straight-six fitted with Mercedes' EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology. Peak power is rated at 435 PS and 520 Nm of torque, which translate to a 0-100 km/h time of only 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, but can be unlocked to 270 km/h with the AMG Driver's package.
For those wondering how the mild-hybrid system works, an electric motor-generator essentially replaces the starter motor and alternator. It then helps boost power, typically during low rpms. Unlike normal hybrids however, it can't power the car on its own. The motor-generator can also recover energy to charge up the battery under braking.
As for the exterior, Mercedes has given the AMG E53 minor visual upgrades. Up front, are new power bulges on the hood. At the rear, there are new cirucular shaped quad exhaust tips coupled with a more prominent diffuser. It comes standard with 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch alloys as option.
For now, Mercedes-AMG has only revealed the E53 in sedan and wagon variants. Expect, the coupe and carbriolet to receive the same upgrades soon.