From the looks of it, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is going through some changes in 2019, as it seems as if the E43 model will die off and be supplanted by a new hybrid Mercedes-AMG model. Meet the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53.
Visually, there’s not much separating the E43 and the E53, save for a few tweaks here and there. Some of the distinguishing characteristics will include the badges, a new hood with power domes, rounded twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, a new rear diffuser, and exclusive 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.
Moving inside, the only update is a new AMG steering wheel wrapped in black Nappa leather with a red 12 o’ clock marker. This steering wheel also will feature new controls that respond to swiping motions.
Under its hood, the Mercedes-AMG E53 will boast a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque – an increase of 33 horsepower. This engine connects to an EQ Boost engine mounted between the engine and nine-speed AMG transmission that gives the E53 a boost from a dead stop. This added boost comes in at 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 48-volt power system also turns this electric motor into a fuel-saving hybrid system during normal driving.
This will all add up to an estimated 4.4-second 0-to-60 sprint and a 130-mph top speed.
Helping in the corners is the standard AMG Sport Suspension, which adjusts stiffness for the conditions. It also allows the driver to select the stiffness. The three stiffness settings are “Comfort,” “Sport” and “Sport+.”
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 will hit showroom in late 2018. Pricing will come closer to that time.