Mercedes-AMG Boosts the E Class
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24 September 2020
Upgrades for the interior, exterior and mechanicals
The Mercedes-AMG E-Class has been upgraded.
Styling changes are minimal, and essentially incorporate new tail lights, linked by a chrome trim strip. Added to that are a reshaped rear apron and diffuser. Wheels are standard 19” units, with 20” available as an option.
Interior highlights include a new AMG Performance steering wheel, with haptic feedback for the buttons. 8-cylinder models get Nappa leather trim for the dashboard, and crystal grey seat belts.
The E 53 is powered by a 3.0- straight-six motor, with 320kW / 530Nm and mild hybridisation. The electrification provides and extra 16kW and 250Nm, and is particularly useful on pull off: an auxiliary compressor helps build charge pressure, resulting in better response and no turbo lag. The electric drive portion of the hybrid setup also assists with brake recuperation, a glide mode (in which the engine is decoupled from the rest of the drivetrain in order to save fuel), and restarting of the engine while the car is using the standard start stop system.
A 4.0 V8 bi-turbo powers the E63 4MATIC+, with 420kW and 750Nm. The same motor is found in the top of the range E63 S 4MATIC+, but has been tuned to produce a more potent 450kW / 850Nm. The E 63 S 0-100km/h time is 3,4 seconds, which is 0,1 seconds faster than the base model.
The AMG-SPEEDSHIFT 9-speed automatic gearbox can be found in all models; the difference being the 63 models’ use of a wet-clutch setup, as opposed to the 53’s torque converter.
AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with adaptive damping is standard across all models. Similarly, all models feature all-wheel drive, with the E 63 models also incorporating a lockable rear diff. For the first time, torque distribution is fully variable, meaning a fully rear-wheel drive is possible - which has allowed Mercedes-AMG to include a Drift Mode.
The new models are available in Coupé, Cabriolet, Saloon and Estate variants.