2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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Comes with S-Class-inspired interior and semi-autonomous technology

Mercedes-Benz began revamping its sedan lineup in 2013, when the current-generation S-Class went on sale. In early 2014, the new C-Class went in production as a shrunken S-Class, with a stylish yet sporty exterior and numerous cues borrowed from Stuttgart’s full-size limo. After more than a year of speculation and months of teasers, the brand-new, tenth-generation E-Class has finally been unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the E-Class was also redesigned around the same styling language that debuted on the current S-Class. Granted, the midsize does have a few unique features of its own, but ignore the tiny details and it seems that Mercedes-Benz adopted Audi’s "same sausage, different lengths" way of doing things. This is obviously part of Mercedes’ plan of providing its sedan lineup with a more cohesive appearance than before, but it remains to be seen whether customers will appreciate it or not. One thing is certain, this has happened before, as the three sedans were quite similar in appearance back in the 1980s.

Styling aside, the new E-Class can brag about a new platform, a redesigned interior that is gorgeous to look at, and a new lineup of powerplants, including both a turbocharged four-cylinder and a brand-new four-pot diesel. As usual, not all engines will be available in the U.S., but more about that in our review below.

Updated 06/17/2016: Mercedes dropped U.S. prices for the E300, standard and 4Matic versions which are now available at dealers nationwide. Prices for all the other versions, including the AMG one will be announced closer to fall market launch. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

Buck the trend, get a wagon!

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

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Tuning Firm Puts an 80s Mercedes 190E Body on a 2010 Mercedes-AMG C63 Chassis and the Result is Amazing

Tuning Firm Puts an 80s Mercedes 190E Body on a 2010 Mercedes-AMG C63 Chassis and the Result is Amazing

When classic simplicity meets world-class technology

They say matches are made in heaven; and after seeing this combination here, I feel it holds true even with automobiles. We have seen mods where puny cars get bumped with hundreds of extra horses. That seems old-fashioned now. Featured here is a body from the mid-eighties Mercedes-Benz 190E and the chassis and engine of the modern C63 AMG sedan - all blended together into one fine piece of automotive...art? Does the world deserve this car? Moniker’d the Frankenstein Benz, this may actually be a better love story than Twilight.

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Watch the Mercedes-AMG E53 Mild Hybrid Make a Gut-Churning Top-Speed Run

Watch the Mercedes-AMG E53 Mild Hybrid Make a Gut-Churning Top-Speed Run

There’s more this high-powered coupe than its mild hybrid setup

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe isn’t a whippersnapper the way performance cars are. But, it’s far from a tortoise, either. The AMG E 53 Coupe is surprisingly quick on its feet. It’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, and while its 158-mph top speed isn’t anything to write home about, it’s still capable of putting a lot of cars in its segment in their proper places. A big part of the AMG E 53 Coupe’s performance capabilities rests on its powertrain. It has a twin-turbocharged, inline-six and a mild hybrid setup with EQ Boost that combine to produce a total of 450 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. All that power — and the resulting crackling sound it produces — was on full display in this video of the coupe running roughshod over the Autobahn.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon by G-Power

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon by G-Power

In Case 600 Horsepower Isn’t Good Enough, how does 800 horsepower sound?

German tuner G-Power is known for building programs that turn sporty vehicles into performance savants on four wheels. It’s worked its magic on a handful of BMWs over the years, but now, it’s turning its attention to Mercedes-AMG, specifically the German automaker’s powerhouse wagon, the E 63 S Wagon. At the core of G-Power’s new tuning program for the E 63 S is an engine upgrade that’s sure to rock the socks of owners who are crazy enough to get the kit. The program is definitely not for everyone, least of all those who are more than happy with having over 600 horsepower to play with. But, for the rare few who think that 600 ponies isn’t good enough, this new kit from G-Power should be right up your wheelhouse.

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Watch a BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and a Porsche Panamera Turbo S Duke it Out!

Watch a BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and a Porsche Panamera Turbo S Duke it Out!

What better sight than watching three Germans in a conventional drag race! In this video, we see Matt Prior of Autocar, give a brief about all the three vehicles – the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Mercedes AMG E63 S, and the BMW M5. Undoubtedly, these are competent vehicles individually, but where do they stand when pitted against each other?

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan

Replaces the old AMG E43 model

Launched in 2016, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class introduced an impressive amount of new technology for the brand, including a semi-autonomous feature and a steering wheel that can detect swipes like a smartphone. The nameplate expanded rapidly to include efficient four-cylinder models, a hybrid, diesels, and powerful AMG variants. Come 2018, and the sedan gains a mild hybrid AMG version under the "E53" badge. Set to replace the AMG E43 for the 2019 model years, it slots between the E400 4Matic and the full-blown AMG E63.

The sedan is the third E-Class model to make the switch to EQ hybrid technology. Mercedes-Benz began the overhaul with the coupe and cabriolet versions, which were unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January. The technology first debuted on the CLS in 2017, but the four-door version is not as powerful. A similar setup can be found in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, which also offers a 53-badged variant. So what sets the AMG E53 Sedan apart from the standard E-Class and the hardcore AMG E63? Let’s find out in the review below.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

Brought into U.S. dealerships for the 2018 model year, the E-Class Cabriolet shares styling cues with its Coupe sibling. However, a big change compared to its predecessor has occurred under the skin. Unlike the previous model, the new E-Class Cabriolet shares underpinnings with the brand-new E-Class sedan, which rides on a rear-wheel drive architecture, dubbed MRA, that’s lighter and extremely flexible. This is a big deal for the midsize drop-top, which previously sat on the same platform as the C-Class, making it rather short and cramped compared to its competitors. It’s also roomier than ever and equipped with the company’s latest technology.

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Video of the Day: Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Mercedes-AMG E63S

Video of the Day: Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Mercedes-AMG E63S

It’s always fun to watch cars like this lineup and shoot it out. Who do you think will win?

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2018 Brabus E700

2018 Brabus E700

Merc’s mighty mid-size luxury sedan gets injected with Brabus juices

In the event that you’re unhinged enough to think that the Mercedes-AMG E 63 is still in need of more power, there’s a certain German tuner that knows a thing or two about giving you what you want. We all know what Brabus is capable of. The company has established itself as one of the pre-eminent Mercedes tuners of the world. It has a long list of Mercedes and AMG models that have been worked on and turned into machines of fortune. The 2018 Mercedes E-Class is one of the latest models to get included in that list, and it’s packing a wallop with 700 horsepower at its disposal.

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CarWow Pits the BMW M5 Against the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and It's Amazing

CarWow Pits the BMW M5 Against the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and It’s Amazing

The ultimate throwdown with an interesting result...

Putting the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S in close proximity to one another is like trying to put a liberal and a Republican in the same room. It can be done, but words will be said and punches thrown – in the end, someone is going home with a bruised ego and a story that will undoubtedly get tagged as fake news. Well, CarWow didn’t have any liberals or republicans to cage up, but they did have an F90 M5 and an AMG E63 S at their disposal so they did what any self-respecting car guys would do: They Raced.

It wasn’t just any race, either. We’re talking about two of the worlds finest performance cars with a thirst to prove that each is better than the other. The M5, for example, runs a 4.4-liter V-8 that’s good for 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed through an eight-speed automatic paired with an M-Tuned AWD system. In the other lane sate an AMG E63 S with a 4.0-liter V08 that’s good for 603 ponies and 627 pound-feet. It, however, has a nine-speed automatic paired with an AWD system. On paper, the Merc looks like it’ll have just a slight advantage with those three extra horses and 74 pound-feet of torque – if nothing else it can probably win a burnout contest if you switch it into drift mode.

I’m not going to break down the whole battle for you, but you might be surprised by the results. Or, you might not. It certainly is a close battle, and it might have you on the edge of your seat if this kind of thing is something you’re really into. Check it out and let us know what you think of the results in the comments section below!

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Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

You won’t have to buy a Mercedes at full price if you avail of this service

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S - Driven

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S - Driven

It’s the stuff of which nightmares are made.

The Mercedes-AMG E63 S is a growling, snorting, roaring monster designed to haunt your dreams.

While the E Class upon which it is based is a sedate, elegant luxury car, the folks at AMG have more sinister intentions for the midsize car. It starts under the hood, where one AMG engine builder hand-assembles a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with direct gasoline injection. That 603-horsepower heart puts power to the ground at all four wheels via a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and will do the zero-to-60 sprint in 3.3 seconds.

Like I said, it’s a monster.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet

The E-Class drop-top gets the AMG treatment, but with a hybrid twist

Introduced in 2016, the latest-generation E-Class gained coupe and convertible versions in 2017. The latter arrived in the U.S. for the 2018 model year, but just one trim is offered over here, the range-topping E400. Unlike its sedan sibling, the Cabriolet model has yet to receive the AMG E63 treatment, but Mercedes used the model to launch a new vehicle lineup under the "AMG" badge. It’s called the E53 Cabriolet and was introduced at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show alongside the E53 Coupe and the CLS53.

Slotted under the bonkers AMG E63, the E53 is essentially a milder version of the brand’s hardcore model. It has a rather subdued exterior appearance that’s not as aggressive, but the interior gets plenty of exclusive details and extra features. The drivetrain is different too, as the 4.0-liter V-8 was replaced by a 3.0-liter inline-six unit. But the big news is that the E53 is the first hybrid AMG nameplate, sporting the company’s new EQ Boost system. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe

AMG goes hybrid with EQ Boost system

Introduced for the 2018 model year, the latest E-Class Coupe is currently the most advanced midsize two-door on the premium market. Its mission is significantly easier now that BMW is discontinuing the 6 Series, but Mercedes still deserves credit for the E-Class’ tremendous technology package, the luxurious interior, and the sporty looks. An AMG E63 variant is the only thing that the E-Class Coupe needed to be perfect, and it was expected to arrive sometime in 2018. But in a surprising turn of events, Mercedes-Benz launched a different AMG model. It’s called the E53 and uses a six-cylinder engine instead of the more traditional V-8.

Launched alongside similar versions of the E-Class Cabriolet and CLS, the AMG E53 Coupe bridges the gap between the range-topping non-AMG model and the AMG E63, the latter available in sedan form only as of January 2018. Specifically, it’s not as aggressive as the E63, but it comes with an array of extra standard features inside and out, as well as a slightly more aggressive exterior. The engine is also unique to this model and features a mild hybrid system, a first for an AMG. It’s not yet clear whether a full-blown AMG E63 version will follow, but until that happens, the E53 is the most powerful variant of the E-Class Coupe you can buy.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Proves That the Little Things Can Make a Model Stand Out

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Proves That the Little Things Can Make a Model Stand Out

There are plenty of easter eggs hidden in the AMG E53

The Mercedes-AMG E53 is the latest addition to a growing lineup of E-Class models that are getting the full-blown AMG treatment. There are plenty of highlights to go around as far as the AMG E53 is concerned. one of these highlights is Mercedes’ new 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine with EQ Boost. The inclusion of the engine is one of the major talking points about the model, but like most tech-infused cars these days, there are small details in some of these cars that don’t get the attention they deserve. We’re changing that here by highlighting a few nifty features hidden inside the AMG 53 that some of you might have missed, including a push button inside the trunk that does some serious work for you.

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Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet Gets the AMG E53 Treatment in Detroit

Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet Gets the AMG E53 Treatment in Detroit

Third model to debut new AMG EQ Boost lineup

Mercedes-Benz came to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with no fewer than four new vehicles. But while the G-Class is a brand-new SUV under that familiar skin, the other three are based on existing models. But they all wear a new "AMG 53" badge that will replace the existing "AMG 43" denomination. The new lineup made its debut on the recently unveiled CLS and the two-door versions of the latest E-Class, the Coupe and Cabriolet. The AMG E53 Cabriolet is the first drop-top to wear the new badge, as Mercedes has yet to launch an E63 variant, so it’s the most powerful iteration of the current E-Class convertible yet.

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Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Hits Detroit as the Most Powerful Two-Door E-Class Yet

Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Hits Detroit as the Most Powerful Two-Door E-Class Yet

It has electric power too!

Mercedes-Benz used the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to introduce a new line of AMG-badges cars. The new series is dubbed E53 and its main feat is that it has a hybrid engine, which makes it the first electrified production model line from Affalterbach. The new E53 lineup includes three model for now, one of which is the E-Class Coupe. It’s called the Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and in the absence of a full-blown E63 version, it’s the most potent E-Class Coupe to date!

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet - Quick Drive

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet - Quick Drive

Is this the perfect cool-weather cruiser?

The Florida air finally fell below 70 degrees as November closed out. The crispness isn’t common in these parts, though convertibles are a dime a dozen. Perhaps just as rare as the cool breeze – at least until sales escalate to full-force – is the all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet. This is Mercedes’ newest E-Class drop-top and it closely impersonates the new-for-2017 E-Class sedan. The car looks like a baby S-Class and drives like one, too. It’s also dead quiet inside with its thickly insulated soft top in place. But quiet isn’t fun; I held the switch up as the blue canvas quickly tucked itself away ahead of the trunk. Push another button and wind deflectors behind the rear seats and atop the windshield deploy to keep the wood-trimmed cabin a bit more serene. More buttons heat the leather-trimmed seats and even sends warm air across my neck from the vented headrest Mercedes calls its AirScarf. I welcomed the 55-degree night with open arms, an open top, and blast down the Interstate.

Aside from its exceptionally warm heated seats and lovely AirScarf system, the new E-Class Cabriolet makes an impressive cruiser. Its new chassis is rock-solid and the optional “Air Body Control” suspension are a well-made match. The same is true for the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 and the nine-speed automatic transmission. Smoothness and poise are major themes here. Sadly, I only had a few days with the E400. I could have easily spent the next few years smelling the fragranced HVAC system and cutting through the night with the wind through my hair.

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Watch This Stripped Mercedes Get Pounded by Potholes

Watch This Stripped Mercedes Get Pounded by Potholes

Slow motion 4K video shows everything in raw detail

Warped Perception, the Discovery Channel and YouTube show known for filming interesting stuff in super slow motion and with high-def cameras, has beaten the last breath of life from a tired Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The goal: to film the suspension as it rebounds from going over cringe-worthy potholes in a neglected urban street.

The video shows the Mercedes’ MacPherson strut going though a full compression cycle multiple times over just a short distance of road while the control arms swing wildly around their rubber bushings. The stripped down Merc clearly isn’t having fun; every little part is reeling from the shocks and making the unibody car do the wave like teens at a concert. Most surprising is the lateral forces seen acting on the wheel and tire as the car turns slightly while mid-bump. In fact, the forces are too much for the dry rotten tires could take. Both the front and rear tires pop and the sidewalls slam into the broken asphalt – and it’s all captured on 4K slow-motion video.

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The Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept Is All Set For Its Hollywood Debut

The Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept Is All Set For Its Hollywood Debut

Concept car will be Bruce Wayne’s ride-of-choice in Justice League

Justice League is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, and a film of this magnitude is going to attract a lot of heavy, cross-brand promotional partnerships. This kind of collaboration is particularly prevalent in the superhero film genre. We’ve seen Audis in the Iron Man movies, and Avengers: Age of Ultron and Acura in the Thor movies, and The Avengers. The massive audiences generated by these movies is the perfect place for publicity and, with Justice League scheduled to hit theaters on November 17, Mercedes-Benz will be prominently featured in the movie, specifically the Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

Yep. The same virtual car that the Silver Arrows presented back in 2013 for the Gran Turismo video game is now a movie star. Ok, that’s not entirely true because it’s not actually top-billing the movie., but it will play a prominent role as Bruce Wayne’s very own daily driver because that’s just how Batman rolls. Joining the Vision Gran Turismo Concept in the movie is the E-Class Cabriolet, which will be driven by no less than Diana Prince herself, who we know more popularly as Wonder Woman. The two Mercedes vehicles will play starring roles in the automaker’s partnership with the DC movie blockbuster, but it also won’t be Merc’s only involvement in the promotion of the movie. A series of commercials centered around Justice League will also be shown in the lead-up to the movie’s hyped up release. We literally have a little over a month before Justice League hits theaters all over the world so keep an eye out on all the Mercedes commercials featuring our favorite superhero in the coming weeks. The first one, called “Hard to Resist,” has already aired, and we can see it in all its glory in the video below.

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Brabus Once Again Proves It's The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Three programs for three Mercedes-AMG models showed up at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Unless we’re in for a surprise in the next coming days, it looks like the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will only have one major aftermarket tuning company in attendance. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but then again, the tuner that did show up is Brabus, and we all know its place in the tuning hierarchy. Suffice to say, it’s the go-to tuner for Mercedes-Benz models. This week Brabus showed solidified this with not one, not two, but three different programs for three different Mercedes-AMG models, all of which, mind you, received insane levels of power and performance, among other things.

These are the kinds of things that we can expect from Brabus. As a matter of fact, these are the kinds of things that we’ve already expected out of the tuner. I’ve already detailed my thoughts about the Rocket 900 program for the AMG S 65 Cabrio and the 700 kit for the AMG E 63 S last week. But guess what; Brabus wasn’t done. Rather, it followed those two major reveals with another program, the 900PS, for the AMG G 65 V12. All that and the tuner even had the time to build and develop a concept for smart called the Ultimate E Concept and had one of its sub-brands – Startech – come up with an aero kit for the Land Rover Discovery. Those two aside, the three Mercedes-AMG tuning kits are prime examples of why everyone regards Brabus as one of the best tuners in the game today. It may be far from being the only one, but rest assured, if there’s somebody out there with a Mercedes or a Mercedes-AMG in his garage that’s dying to get some aftermarket tuning love, Brabus should be one of the first, if not the first, tuners he should call.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Brabus 700

2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Brabus 700

German tuner unveils second Frankfurt-bound tuning kit

Days after introducing the new Brabus Rocket 900 for the AMG S 65 Cabriolet, Brabus is getting into the tuning spirit with yet another aftermarket program, this time for the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. This new kit doesn’t exactly approach the insane levels of the Rocket 900, but make no mistake, with 691 horsepower on tap, don’t think that this AMG E 63 S can’t leave other cars in the dust.

Even better, the German tuner’s program is available for all variants of the AMG E 63. That means that owners of sedan and wagon variants of the AMG E 63 can avail of the Brabus 700 kit, and should they do so, they stand to receive more than just a plug-and-play auxiliary control unit. The whole program also features an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, and enough personalization options for the interior that helps bring out a unique identity to each and every customer who gets the kit. It is fitting that Brabus is presenting the 700 program for the AMG E 63 S at the Frankfurt Motor Show, considered as one of the biggest auto shows in the world. A lot of eyes will be on the tuner to showcase its latest wares. Hardly a surprise then that Brabus is bringing its A-game to the event.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S By Posaidon

2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S By Posaidon

Care for four-digit levels of horsepower in your Mercedes-AMG saloons?

There may be a new-generation Mercedes-AMG E63 S in town now, but just because that’s the case, that doesn’t mean the previous-generation model will just fade out into the sunset. Noted Mercedes tuner Posaidon seems to think that there’s still some untapped potential left in the “old” AMG E63 S, and like any tuner worth its salt, Posaidon set about unlocking it with a new program that delivers a staggering 1,090 horsepower, more than what today’s lineup of hypercars are capable of.

Wrap your heads around that number for a second. 1,090 horsepower for the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Sure, the mid-sized performance saloon is capable of handling that much power, but not without a lot of help, or at least in this case, a bigger engine up front. That’s the scope of what Posaidon has done. Not to mention the work Posaidon put in, which speaks to the kind of upgrades it’s offering for the Merc-AMG. It’s admittedly not for everyone, but for those who prefer supercar-levels of power out of the E63 S beauties, the German tuner’s power offering is about as high as it’s going to get. And in case it’s a little too out of reach for a customer’s sensibilities, Posaidon does have other options on the menu, specifically upgrades that “only” bring out 850 and 920 horsepower, respectively. I suppose the output numbers, in this case, are relative, but then again, even an 850-horsepower AMG E63 S is going to be a whirlwind to drive.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG E63 S by Posaidon.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4x4² Wagon

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4x4² Wagon

One-off luxury wagon gets portal hubs, 31-inch tires, & 16 inches of ground clearance

God love Mercedes-Benz and its outlandish imagination for all things off-roading. The automaker has built a one-off 4x4² version of its new E-Class All-Terrain. Yes, a 4x4²! You’ll recognize that odd designation from the AMG G550 4x4², the four-wheeled version of the high-riding AMG G63 6x6. But it’s not just the name that’s similar. Mercedes actually fitted the E-Class wagon with the same Portal hubs as the G550 4x4². The extra height gives this AWD car a whopping 16 inches of ground clearance. That’s equal to a Humvee!

The project is the brainchild of Jürgen Eberle, a vehicle development engineer assigned to the E-Class. According to Auto Express, Eberle wanted to build something that gave the new 2017 E-Class All-Terrain some credence to its name. Eberle was eventually given a small budget after approaching his bosses with the idea. The E-Class suspension was modified to accommodate the large portal hub assemblies at each wheel, which drastically widened the E-Class’ track. This necessitated fender flares, which Eberle and his team crafted from carbon fiber. Beadlock wheel and 31-inch-tall winter tires were then added to round out the project. The best part – nothing else changes. The remainder of the exterior and all of the interior is standard E-Class All-Terrain, making this one awesome looker.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The new midsize convertible makes the BMW 6 Series feel really, really old

When it unveiled the new E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz confirmed what we already knew: that the midsize sedan looks like a smaller S-Class (or a larger C-Class if you prefer). But while styling is a matter of taste, the E-Class is arguably the most advanced vehicle on the midsize market thanks to its state-of-the-art features, and this feat has extended other versions that followed. Having already launched a coupe, wagon, and the All-Terrain models, Mercedes-Benz introduced the E-Class Cabriolet at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Brought into U.S. dealerships for the 2018 model year, the E-Class Cabriolet shares styling cues with its Coupe sibling. However, a big change compared to its predecessor has occurred under the skin. Unlike the previous model, the new E-Class Cabriolet shares underpinnings with the brand-new E-Class sedan, which rides on a rear-wheel drive architecture, dubbed MRA, that’s lighter and extremely flexible. This is a big deal for the midsize drop-top, which previously sat on the same platform as the C-Class, making it rather short and cramped compared to its competitors. It’s also roomier than ever and equipped with the company’s latest technology.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Convertible.

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Mercedes Reveals New E-Class Cab With Bigger Dimensions And Jet-Like Taillights

Mercedes Reveals New E-Class Cab With Bigger Dimensions And Jet-Like Taillights

This latest Merc drop-top vies for a little private plane style

Mercedes-Benz just revealed its new E-Class Cabriolet ahead of an official world debut in Switzerland, completing the line with a little blue-sky opulence. The updated soft-top grows substantially on the outside, while packing all the usual goodies in the interior and rocking boosted six-cylinder motivation under the hood.

First and foremost, the updated E-Class Cab is larger than before, with a full 5 inches added to the overall length, 4.4 inches added to the wheelbase, almost 3 inches added to the width, and an extra 1.4 inches in height.

The fabric top offers the same profile as the E-Class coupe when raised, and can be had in dark brown, dark blue, red, or black. Opening and closing it takes just 20 seconds, and it can be operated while traveling at speeds up to 30 mph.

LEDs are equipped in the headlights and taillights. By the way, Mercedes says the taillights “exude a glow reminiscent of that given off by a jet engine,” which is hilarious. What’s more, if you get the optional LED Intelligent Light System, you’ll get “a special light show” whenever you walk away or towards the car.

Inside, there’s unlimited-headroom luxury seating for up to four passengers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while wireless phone charging is optional. The Aircap and Airscarf systems are also offered to help keep you comfortable and warm when traveling in colder climates with the top down.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument display is optional, while a 12.3-inch infotainment screen is standard. Vehicle features are operated through either the multi-function steering wheel, handwriting touchpad, or voice control.

Leather upholstery is available in one of four individual colors. You can also get Nappa leather in one of three different colors, plus there are seven individual trim options.

Making the go is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, which is mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. RWD is standard, while 4Matic AWD is available for the first time.

The suspension was lowered 0.6 inches compared to the hard-top sedan, and can be had with adjustable damping and an available multi-chamber air set-up. Standard spec includes 18-inch wheels.

Debuting alongside the regular E-Class Cabriolet is a 25th Anniversary special edition model, which gets 19-inch wheels, the Cabriolet Comfort package, upgraded wood trim, and more.

Look for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show next week. U.S. dealers are expected to get it before the end of the year. Exact pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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Mercedes-Benz Teases E-Class Cabrio; Confirms New AMG Concept For Geneva

Mercedes-Benz Teases E-Class Cabrio; Confirms New AMG Concept For Geneva

German brand to display no fewer than 34 vehicles

Mercedes-Benz has just announced its lineup for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which will bring two brand-new vehicles into the spotlight. First on the list is the E-Class Cabriolet, of which Mercedes release a teaser photo alongside other members of the nameplate, including the sedan, coupe, wagon, and the All-Terrain. Unlike its predecessor, which was derived from the C-Class, the new E-Class Cabriolet was developed on its own and shares underpinnings with its midsize coupe sibling.

The second global debut is an AMG concept car. The brand refrained from revealing actual details, but did say that the show car is part of AMG’s 50th anniversary and described it as "stunning" and a "glimpse of an alternative drive concept." Most likely we will see a futuristic, autonomous vehicle.

The Mercedes-Benz booth in Geneva will include another 32 models. The display will include the updated GLA crossover, which will make its European debut, and the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet. The German company will also showcase the Concept X-Class pickup truck, the Smart ForTwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2, and the ForFour Crosstown Edition.

Finally, visitors will also have a closer look at recently unveiled cars like the AMG E 63 S Wagon, AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, AMG C 63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition, and AMG Performance Studio Package-equipped C43 Coupe, known as the Night Edition in Europe.

Stay tuned for updates and photos of these cars from the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

A Euro-spec high-performance giant killer that eats worlds… and groceries

Practicality, comfort, and speed. It’s a difficult combination to achieve, especially in the U.S., where customers are usually only offered two of these characteristics, but not the third. Compounding the problem is the fact that on these shores, practicality is almost always equated with a crossover or SUV body style, which is obviously less than ideal when it comes to performance duties. Mercifully, Mercedes-AMG has a whopper of a solution. It’s called the E 63 S Wagon, and it’s based off the four-door rocket sedan of the same name. Merc first introduced the E-Class in 1993, with the latest fifth-gen model ushered in for the 2017 model year, and incredibly, the brand has decided to continue to offer the E-Class Wagon in the U.S. Even more amazing is the fact that stateside high-speed thrill seekers can get their fix with the E 63 S Wagon iteration, which gets all the opulence, interior tech, exterior style, and over-powered performance as the E 63 S sedan, but with extra space in the hatch to boot.

But let’s just jump right into the specs that matter most, shall we? Under the hood of the AMG E 63 S Wagon is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 gas burner, pumping out an astonishing 603 horsepower. Routing output to the ground is a nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s enough muscle to push this wagon to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds, while the upgraded performance suspension system keeps it all in control. Step inside, and you get a familiar look and layout, infotainment system, and the usual premium features.

Sounds amazing, if you ask us. But the wagon body style can still be a tough sell in the U.S., even with just over 600 ponies on tap, which begs the question – what’s this thing really bring to the table?

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Unveiled Because Fast Wagons Are Just Better

2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Unveiled Because Fast Wagons Are Just Better

Enough go to haul ass and enough space to haul everything else

Yesterday, I announced the reveal of the BMW 5 Series Touring, lamenting how us ‘Mericans would probably get left out in the cold when it came to handsome, fun-to-drive wagon models. Apparently, Mercedes-AMG was listening, because today it announced the arrival of an outrageous, high-powered AMG-variant of the E-Class five-door. It’s called the E 63 S, taking after the Mercedes four-door of the same name, and it’s got the goods to go with the title. Because when it comes to grabbing a week’s worth of groceries and picking the kids up from soccer practice, more than 600 horsepower just feels right.

Of course, you could use this thing for more than shuttling around the progeny and their juice boxes. After all, it’s got 35 cubic feet of space in back for, well, whatever, plus the second row can be folded down at a 40:20:40 split as you see fit.

So it’s versatile, that much is obvious. Now let’s talk about why it’s fast.

Under the hood is an AMG-tuned 4.0-liter V-8, which is boosted by two twin-scroll turbos for a rip-snortin’ 603 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 627 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. Fed through an AMG-tuned nine-speed automatic gearbox and permanent 4Matic+ AWD system (with drift mode, by the way), it’s enough motivation to send this thing to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 180 mph.

And it’s not just a one-trick pony, either. Making it turn is a new AMG air suspension system with tunable adaptive damping, an electronic rear limited-slip differential, AMG speed-sensitive steering, and 15-inch high-performance brakes. Ceramic composite brakes are optional, because of course.

Inside are the usual AMG bits and pieces, with a flat-bottom steering wheel, carbon fiber trim, and two performance-oriented digital gauge readouts, each measured at 12.3 inches in diameter. There are optional performance seats, while Nappa leather was added to the dash and beltlines.

Look for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon this March at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales will commence this fall. In the U.S.

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Taking On Ze Germans… In A Camry?!

Taking On Ze Germans… In A Camry?!

Pitting the eighth-gen commuter against a Teutonic heavyweight. Because why not?

You know, you can buy a lot of car for not a whole lotta money these days. For example, if it’s straight-line muscle you’re looking for, the Dodge Charger Hellcat and Dodge Challenger Hellcat will put over 700 horsepower at your disposal for a mere $65,000. That’s pretty insane if you ask us, but what about something on the either side of the spectrum, where comfort and style rule supreme? Well, around these parts, you could opt for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the German’s mid-size luxury four-door that comes jam-packed with high-tech goodies, top-shelf opulence, and upper-crust flair. Or, as an alternative, consider the new eighth-generation Toyota Camry. No, seriously.

Suffice to say, we’re big fans of the new Camry. So much so, we feel comfortable comparing it to one of Merc’s best luxury barges. The updated Toyota just dropped cover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and we’re convinced it’s got the goods to punch way above its weight.

But maybe we’re overstepping things a bit. Maybe we’re completely off in the deep end. Maybe. It’s certainly a possibility. But after the response we got when we compared the Camry and the BMW 5 Series, we shrugged our shoulders and went for it anyway.

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2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe Edition 1

2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe Edition 1

Recently unveiled E-Class gets treated to a special edition first batch

Edition 1 models have become a tradition for Mercedes-Benz in recent years, so much so that when a new model bearing the Silver Arrows badge makes its debut, it won’t be long before an Edition 1 version is called into action. We’ve seen it a handful of times in recent years with the likes of the S-Class Edition 1, GLA-Class Edition 1, and CLA-Class Edition 1. Even AMG models like the AMG S63 and the AMG C63 Coupe have received Edition 1 treatments in the past. All of this is worth mentioning because Mercedes just unveiled the new E-Class Coupe, and like clockwork, that was soon followed by the debut of the E-Class Coupe Edition 1.

Like most versions of the Edition 1 kind, the E-Class Coupe Edition 1 comes bearing plenty of exclusive features that you won’t see as standard features on regular E-Class Coupe models. Likewise, it also gets packages from Mercedes’ own pantry of accessories and add-ons, also as standard features. The upgrades are mostly of cosmetic nature, similar to past Edition 1 models.

Speaking of similarities, quantity is also another shared characteristics of these models. Like its predecessors before it, the E-Class Coupe Edition 1 is reportedly limited to just 555 units, as per German blog Mercedes-Benz Passion. That’s actually a healthy total considering that past Edition 1 models came in lesser numbers.

Mercedes has made no mention on how much the E-Class Coupe Edition is going to cost. That’s not a surprise considering that even the new E-Class has no price yet either. That said, the current model retails anywhere from $54,000 to just north of $60,000 so expect the E-Class Edition 1 to fetch somewhere close to the $60,000 neighborhood.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

Mercedes-Benz launched its very own A6 Allroad

The fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, also known as the W213, was unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale for the 2017 model year. A significant departure from its predecessor, it uses a brand-new architecture and styling language based off the S-Class full-size sedan. More comfortable and efficient than ever before, the new E-Class also debuted a handful of new Mercedes-Benz technologies, including a semi-autonomous system. The sedan was followed by a beefed-up AMG version and a wagon variant with two-door coupe and cabriolet models also set to follow. But unlike its predecessor, the W213 also spawned crossover-like model. It goes by the name E-Class All-Terrain and it is aimed at the likes of the Audi A6 Allroad.

When Mercedes-Benz called 2016 "the year of the SUV" and announced a further expansion of its already large collection of SUVs and crossovers by 2020, most people expected more niche models like the GLC Coupe or the Mercedes-Maybach GLS. As it turns out, Mercedes-Benz was considering competitors for the Audi A4 and A6 Allroad as well. The news initially came straight from Mercedes-Benz vice president of sales and product managements, Matthias Luehrs, who said that the company is essentially "looking at everything." What was just a possibility in 2015 became certainty in 2016, when Mercedes-Benz unveiled its Audi A6 Allroad fighter ahead of the Paris Motor Show.

Dubbed E-Class All-Terrain, the new vehicle follows in the footsteps of Audi’s midsize Allroad model, blending the styling of the utilitarian, yet still sexy E-Class wagon with the taller ride height and cladding of a crossover. Described as a "flexible all‑rounder for unpaved roads, family and leisure time," the All-Terrain gives the German brand access to a previously unexplored niche and likely opens the door for a similar model based on the C-Class too. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the brand-new E-Class All-Terrain.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Brand-new midsize coupe brings more luxury, enhanced performance, and semi-autonomous drive

Recently unveiled for the 2017 model year, the fifth-generation, W213 E-Class is only at the beginning of its long adventure on the luxury market, but already creating big waves thanks to its stylish design, ultra-premium interior, and state-of-the-art technology. With the four-door and the wagon in dealerships as of late 2016, Mercedes-Benz is planning a full assault on the market in 2017 with both AMG-prepped and a coupe version. The highly anticipated two-door made its debut in December 2016 ahead of its public outing at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2017.

The fifth-generation model comes to replace the C207 E-Class, which was being sold since 2009. Launched with a couple of years before the current BMW 7 Series, the C207 wasn’t doing particularly well on the market and a replacement was needed much sooner. However, a quick glance at the new E-Class Coupe and I can see why Mercedes-Benz took so long to redesign this car. Not only does it look far more modern, it also comes with state-of-the-art technology that no other Merc has received as of early 2017, not even the range-topping S-Class.

"With its clear, aesthetic lines, our new E‑Class Coupe appeals equally to heart and mind. It condenses contemporary luxury, agile sportiness and high-tech engineering into an automotive personality with esprit, offering exclusive, refined driving pleasure," said Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG.

Is the new E-Class Coupe as good as Mercedes-Benz describes it? Find out in my comprehensive review below.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: This Is It!

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: This Is It!

New mid-size coupe reveals its face via leaked brochure

Spotted testing on public roads in prototype form since December 2015, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe has just made its unofficial debut thanks to brochure that surfaced the Interwebz via a Belgian website. Featuring a handful of photos and some information in German, the brochure confirms that the upcoming coupe is a shorter, sleeker version of the new-generation E-Class sedan that was unveiled earlier in 2016.

As expected, the coupe is essentially identical to the sedan up front. It features the same styling language inspired by the larger S-Class with sporty bumper intakes, slightly swept back headlamps, but massive trapezoidal grille. The picture shows a model that has the company’s diamond grille, which has become the norm on most models, but the automaker will probably also offer the more familiar element with two horizontal slats running into the three-pointed star emblem.

Around back, the E-Class Coupe is yet again very similar to the two-door versions of the C-Class and S-Class. The sloping trunk lid is complemented by a subtle spoiler, long and flat taillights that extend well into the rear fenders, and a sporty bumper with large exhaust outlets at each corner. When viewed from the sides, the E-Class Coupe showcases the sedan’s character lines below the glass house and above the side skirts, as well as a different quarter window. Of course, due to the new roofline and shorter wheelbase, it’s sportier and more stylish than the four-door.

Not surprisingly, the interior is also identical to that of the sedan. The cabin was designed around the S-Class, which introduced a new gorgeous and elegant interior design back in 2013. Look for the same massive displays in the instrument cluster and above the center stack, wood veneer, tons of leather, smooth plastics, and tremendous fit and finish. Naturally, the coupe is a bit different behind the front seats, where passengers won’t have the comfort of proper rear doors or the same amount of headroom as in the sedan. However, shoulder room and legroom should remain largely unchanged given the platform’s excellent versatility and Mercedes’ excellent packaging seen in smaller cars.

The brochure says there will be an E400 4Matic model. Equipped with four-wheel-drive, this version will use a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 333 PS and 480 Nm of torque (328 horsepower and 350 pound-feet), which should translate into a 0-to-60 mph sprint of around 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Other drivetrains will be offered too. Maybe it won’t get as many as the sedan, but expect an E250 version with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 211 PS and 350 Nm (208 horsepower and 260 pound-feet) and a E350d with a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel with 258 PS and 620 Nm (254 horsepower and 460 pound-feet). Naturally, Mercedes-Benz will also launch AMG E63 and AMG E43 variants sometime in 2017.

Speaking of debuts, the E-Class Coupe will be launched officially on December 14 and will make its public appearance at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63

2017 Mercedes-AMG E63

The stately E-Class gets some attitude

The latest-generation E-Class was introduced for the 2017 model year with a redesigned exterior and interior, both of which were based on the larger S-Class. The German brand also revamped the engine lineup and added new technology, including many segment-first features and semi-autonomous drive. In late 2016, Mercedes-Benz introduced the high-performance version of its midsize sedan, the AMG E63.

Described as "the most intelligent executive sedan," the current E-Class became the most powerful of all time thanks to its new AMG package. Revised inside and out and based on updates introduced on earlier AMG models, the E63 redefines performance in this segment by means of a retuned chassis and a new engine. Much like the rest of the AMG lineup, the E63 ditched the larger 5.5-liter V-8 in favor of the newer, 4.0-liter unit. Although smaller, the twin-turbo V-8 offers more power than its predecessor, while also returning better fuel economy.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S Unveiled

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S Unveiled

Four doors, two turbos, eight cylinders, and a whole lotta go

Mercedes-AMG just dropped full details on its E63 and E63 S performance sedans several weeks ahead of a full public reveal in Southern California. The new luxury-laden four-doors come packing all kinds of upgraded AMG goodies, including a standard fire-breathing V-8 mounted in the nose and plenty of race-inspired go-fast components. In fact, according to Mercedes-AMG GmbH head Tobias Moers, the new models “represent the biggest step forward [that Mercedes-AMG has] ever taken from one generation to the next.”

Let’s get right down to it. Both the lower-tier E63 and top-tier E63 S come equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, with the double-dose of twin-scroll turbos mounted between the cylinder banks in a “hot vee” position. The plain-Jane E63 peaks at 563 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque at 2,250 rpm, while the S gets 603 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 627 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. That makes the powerplant in the S the most powerful engine ever equipped on the E-Class.

Acceleration to 60 mph clocks in at 3.4 seconds for the regular E63 and 3.3 seconds for the S. Top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph for the regular E63, while the S is electronically limited at 186 mph.

And not that it really matters, but there’s a cylinder deactivation feature for greater efficiency when cruising in Comfort mode.

Executing the cog swaps is AMG’s SpeedShift nine-speed transmission, which, for the first time, comes paired with a wet start-off clutch. Putting the power down is a revamped 4Matic+ performance AWD system, complete with fully variable torque distribution and multiple driving modes. There’s even a drift mode as standard in the S, if you’re feeling saucy.

Handling it all is a multi-chamber air suspension with continuously adjustable damping, plus speed-sensitive steering. The S is also offered with optional carbon ceramic brakes.

Finally, there’s the standard AMG aggression for the exterior styling, including a new grille, wide fenders, and chrome-plated exhaust pipes. The regular E63 gets 19-inch wheels, while the S gets 20-inchers.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S will get their full public debut on November 16th at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Look for the models to hit dealers during the summer of 2017.

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Mercedes to Give the AMG E63 AWD And Drift Mode

Mercedes to Give the AMG E63 AWD And Drift Mode

It won’t just be idiots in Mustangs crashing at next year’s car meets...

So, Ford accidentally stumbled onto its Drift Mode feature and decided it was appropriate to include it as part of the Focus RS’ stock programming. It’s been great for everybody – those with an RS get to find out what it’s really like to hoon around in a hatchback, and those of use on the sidelines get to enjoy watching all of the untrained idiots crash their cars. Well, as it turns out, Mercedes as put all that work into bringing AWD to its AMG lineup, just to offer the next iteration of the AMG E63 with a drift mode that sends 100 percent of the engine’s power and torque to the rear wheels on demand.

The newest Mercedes-AMG E63 will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2017, and it will come with AWD as standard equipment for the first time across all markets. But, AMG didn’t want to rob the car of the traditional rear-wheel-drive characteristics found in the previous models. Originally revealed to Autocar at Mercedes unveiling of the GT Roadster and GT C Roadster, Tobias Moers – the Chairman of AMG – said, “It is four-wheel drive, and we’re going to have a Drift Mode.”

While that should help to elevate the handling of the E63 to a new level for experienced drivers who know what they’re doing, that’s not all that we’ll see. According to Moers, the E63 is going to lap the Nürburgring faster than ever with sub seven minute, 50-second times when fitted with regular tires. On top of that, there is said to be at least one new model in the pipeline that will offer more than 600 ponies. That’s a big step up from the current model that delivers between 549 and 577 horsepower depending on how it is tuned. Zero-to-62 mph should come in “three point something” seconds, according to Autocar.

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The E-Class That Can Go Anywhere.... Well, Almost.

The E-Class That Can Go Anywhere.... Well, Almost.

Mercedes dropped the details on the E-Class All Terrain ahead of it’s official debut at the Paris Auto Show

Here in the U.S., we don’t really find station wagons all that exciting, so our automakers typically stray away from the body style. Luckily, wagons, or Estates as they call them, are about as popular in Europe as SUVs are here in the U.S., so automakers like Mercedes and Audi just so happen to have a few Estates in their U.S. lineups as well. With the tenth-gen Mercedes E-Class breaking cover at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the E-Class Wagon was announced about six months later. We knew an All-Terrain version of the Wagon was also coming, but we had no idea when. Well, now we know that it will make its debut in Paris next to the standard E-Class Wagon and, even better yet, Mercedes has already dropped all the juicy details.

While this All-Terrain model is every bit the E-Class it is derived from, there are enough unique features to make it stand out while exposing the car’s true ruggedness. To start off, you’ll notice it has a completely different grille compared to standard E-Class Wagon. Furthermore, the lower fascia is completely different, featuring a rugged-looking insert that covers most of the air dam and smaller corner air intakes that look to house small LED fog lights.

On the sides, you’ll find ruggedized body cladding where the side skirts would be as well as cladding around the wheel arches. In the rear, the cladding from the wheel arches transitions into the cladding that covers the rear fascia. The insert around the tailpipes has been painted silver like the insert on the front fascia and also has a ruggedized appearance. The All-Terrain is available with three different sets of wheels that measure 19- or 20-inches in size. The sidewalls of the tires are larger on this model to help provide more ground clearance, while the suspension system also contributes to a slightly higher ride height.

Inside, the All-Terrain gets some model-specific features too, including aluminum-carbon looking trim, stainless steel stop and go pedals, and floor mats that are embroidered with the All-Terrain wording. The interior is based on the AVANTGARDE interior with features from the EXCLUSIVE and DESIGNO interiors will also be optionally available sometime after the car’s official launch. As with the E-Class Estate, the All-Terrain gets the 40:20:40 folding rear seat and a decent handful of driver comfort and safety features.

Greasy bits include the Air Body Control System, which comes standard on the All-Terrain, and allows the suspension to adjust from the standard ride height to as much as 1.377 inches higher, depending on the driver’s personal preference or the driving program selected. In all, the All-Terrain sits 1.14 inches higher than the standard Estate and has a ground clearance that ranges from 4.76 inches to 6.14 inches.

At launch, the E-Class All-Terrain will be available as an E 222d 4MATIC, which means it comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, diesel drinker. Power output is rated at 194 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. That’s enough to push the All-Terrain to 62 mph in about eight seconds on the way to a top speed of 144 mph. Shortly after launch, Mercedes will launch a six-cylinder diesel model. Both models will use Mercedes’ common 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission for shifting duties.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG E63 RZE-640 By Revozport

2016 Mercedes-AMG E63 RZE-640 By Revozport

German tuner puts some refinements on Merc’s top-end sedan

The arrival of the next-generation Mercedes-AMG E63 is right around the corner but before the new model enters the scene, the outgoing model is still going strong, holding the fort until the replacement arrives. But that day hasn’t come yet, so a tuner like Revozport is more than happy to introduce a new tuning program for the current model. The kit is called the RZE-640 and it packs an engine upgrade, among other things, that increases the car’s power to as much as 635 horsepower and about 600 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the hefty increase in power, Revozport is also offering its new RZE-640 aerodynamic that’s made up of a handful of new components, all of which are made entirely from carbon fiber. Even the car’s interior was the subject of an upgrade or two and while there are no offerings of a new set of wheels, the kit itself already addresses some of the most important sections of the AMG E63.

Truth be told, there are a lot of aftermarket programs available for the Mercedes-AMG E63. Some, like Posaidon’s RS850+ kit, promise a power increase that puts the car’s output north of 1,000 horsepower. Others, like Performmaster’s program, puts its overall focus on the engine department with a hefty upgrade of its own. Then there’s Revozport, which has a rounded kit that provides all-around improvements to the AMG E63.

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Chinese firm BAIC to revive old Mercedes platform for new vehicles

Chinese firm BAIC to revive old Mercedes platform for new vehicles

Upcoming sedan and SUV to use old E-Class parts

Chinese company BAIC Motor Group will recycle an old Mercedes-Benz platform to develop new cars. According to a media report, BAIC received approval from partner Daimler to use a previous E-Class architecture for a brand-new car, which is said to hit the domestic market in 2018 as a midsize sedan. BAIC will also launch SUV and MPV models using the same platform.

There’s no word as to which E-Class platform BAIC is planning to use, but the upcoming vehicles are likely to use parts from the W212 architecture, which was recently discontinued to make way for the new, W213-generation E-Class. On the other hand, Automotive News says, citing Beijing-based website Internet Info Agency, that the upcoming sedan and SUV will be sold under BAIC’s Senova brand, while the MPV will get a Weiwang badge. The former is a brand that BAIC launched in 2012, while the latter is a subsidiary that builds vans.

The report also adds that BAIC is also borrowing two gasoline engines and a transmission from Mercedes-Benz. Units will include a turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-pot and a naturally aspirated, 3.0-liter V-6, while the gearbox will be a six-speed automatic. Both engines were offered with the previous-generation E-Class.

Established in 1958, BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding) is a state-owned company that operates passenger vehicle and truck joint-ventures with Daimler. It is among the most-productive Chinese automakers, making more than two million vehicles per year. The group includes BAIC Motor (passenger cars and vans), BAW (light off-road vehicles, trucks, and military vehicles), and Foton Motor (trucks, buses, and agricultural machinery). It has joint-ventures with both Daimler and Hyundai.

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2018 Mercedes AMG E63 Black Series

2018 Mercedes AMG E63 Black Series

It looks like there is another Black Series model on the way

It’s been two months since we got the last round of spy shots of the E63 wagon tearing loose on the Nürburgring. If you glance at the image above, you might think we just got some more shots of the E63 Wagon, but that’s not that case at all. What you’re actually looking at is what we believe to be the Mercedes-AMG E63 Black Series in wagon form. Considering it’s been a few years since we’ve seen an official Black Series model, this is exciting news, to say the least.

While all official details are still kept deep within the Mercedes-AMG vault of non-disclosure, if this thing really is a Black Series model, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Things like an aggressive body kit, enhanced brake system, performance suspension, and lots of other goodies will surely show themselves by the time prototype testing is done. But, until then, let’s take a look at these spy shots and talk about what we can make out and what might be coming to dealers in the near future.

Updated 08/18/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes-AMG E63 AMG out for a new testing session, this time close to its test center at the Nürburgring.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition

Polished, practical, and maybe even a little sexy

At this point, it should be more than obvious that if you want a car with utility and space for at least five people, but don’t wanna join the crowd of crossovers you see crammed onto the roads, your best option is to get your hands on a wagon. Once a steadfast bastion of the practical, wagons have seen a sharp decline in popularity over the last few decades, the result of an all-out assault from the tall-bodied insanity of the current SUV craze. But fear not – the wagon hasn’t gone gently into that good night, at least not yet, and we’ve assembled five top-shelf options right here for your perusal and approval.

Rather than limiting ourselves to what’s currently available, we decided to look ahead in anticipation of what’ll be in dealers in the next year or so, including both existing offerings and those that have yet to be released. As it turns out, there are a few very strong entries barreling down the pipeline right now, which means buyers will have a nice selection of premium wagons when shopping in 2017.

So what’s topping the menu? Read on to find out.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

"The most intelligent wagon that Mercedes-Benz has ever built"

Under development for more than three years, the current-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Sporting a new exterior based on the brand’s recent design language and an interior inspired by the S-Class, the new midsize is a massive improvement over what BMW and Audi had to offer until 2017. Although many have criticized its styling for being to similar to the C-Class and S-Class, the E-Class is downright impressive when it comes to safety and comfort features, offering numerous innovative technologies.

Once the E-Class sedan arrived in dealerships, Mercedes-Benz prepared three more versions of the midsize. One of them is the station wagon and it broke cover at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Having already seen the sedan back in January 2016, the grocery getter wasn’t much of a mystery in terms of design, despite Mercedes’ efforts to keep the vehicle under wraps during on-the-road testing. With the first official photos already online, we received confirmation that the wagon borrows more than 75-percent of its exterior design from the four-door and looks like a larger C-Class Wagon.

Similarities aside, the new E-Class estate is quite the pretty and innovative hauler. Described as "the most intelligent wagon that Mercedes-Benz has ever built," it’s the only semi-autonomous grocery getter on the market and arguably the most advanced and luxurious five-door you can buy for the 2017 model year. How does it compare with its most important competitors? Keep reading to find out.

Update 07/25/2016: Mercedes has announced pricing for the new E-Class Estate in the U.K. Check out the Prices section below to learn all about it.

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Why is the new E-Class showing "Qibla" on its new Compass? Because Middle-East...

Why is the new E-Class showing "Qibla" on its new Compass? Because Middle-East...

Not "Because Racecar."

Mercedes has, on more than one occasion, boasted its relentless strategy for growth. Markets like China, Germany, and the U.S., taking up a big portion of the brand’s motivation to grow. It might sound surprising to some, but the Middle East is also a key market for the German manufacturer.

This fact was made evident years ago. In fact, in a conversation with Gulf Business back in 2013, Matthias Luhrs – the VP of global sales at Mercedes-Benz – said, “The Middle East is one of our defined core markets for our 2020 strategy and forms a major or very important part in this growth path.” He continued, “The implication is if you do a region strategy, you’d only do that if it’s an important region or market. Besides markets [such as] China, Germany, U.S., Canada, there’s other growing markets than these three big and one of the major focused markets for us is the Middle East.”

So, how important is the Middle East to Mercedes? It’s important enough that the onboard compass on the Mercedes E-Class actually has an option to turn on a Qibla marker. That’s right; Mercedes sees the Middle East as such an important market that it went out of its way to add a special feature that indicates exactly which direct anyone of Muslim faith should face when praying.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG E63 RS850+ By Posaidon

2016 Mercedes-AMG E63 RS850+ By Posaidon

German tuner proves that even an AMG E 63 is capable of getting supercar-like power and performance

The Mercedes-AMG E63 has been the subject of numerous tuning jobs, as has been the case since the four-door saloon was unveiled in 2013. Tuners like Brabus, Wheelsandmore, and Performmaster have taken stabs at building programs for the AMG E63 and most of them have succeeded in their own right. Now it’s the turn of Posaidon, a German tuner that specializes in Mercedes and Maybach vehicles. It may not be as known as Brabus or Wheelsandmore, but Poseidon sure knows how to get one’s attention, thanks in large part to an engine upgrade program that helps raise the car’s output to a silly 1,020 horsepower and 1,032 pound-feet of torque.

Beyond the absurd increase in power, Poseidon’s program, called the RS850+, also has upgrades on the exterior and interior, in addition to modifications to the suspension, and a new set of wheels. There are plenty of details to go by here, but the real interesting part about this kit is the way each section was modified to work in concert with the other sections to create a full-blown tuning experience that might actually be a little better than what a world class tuner like Brabus has to offer.

That’s of course subject to interpretation but nobody can deny that Posaidon’s work on the AMG E63 is the kind of tuning wizardry that turns a high-performance, four-door sedan into a world-beating machine on four wheels. Think that’s not the case? Well, 1,020 horsepower coming out of a heavily tuned 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine would beg to disagree. Oh, and by the way, this program is completely streel-legal. Wow!

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Swank Wagon Tech Showdown – Mercedes E-Class vs. Volvo V90

Swank Wagon Tech Showdown – Mercedes E-Class vs. Volvo V90

Luxury-laden, cutting-edge, and ready to haul

When it comes to choosing a vehicle that’s comfortable, loaded with cutting-edge technology, and capable of moving vast quantities of stuff, the possibilities are practically endless. However, if you want all that in a package that’s not some high-stance SUV or crossover, the list of options narrows significantly. But don’t fret, as both Mercedes and Volvo make wagons that fit the bill. Both offer opulence, the latest gadgets, and tons of space. But the question is – which is better?

When it comes to matching luxury with technology, Mercedes has traditionally been the marque of choice. But now, as car tech shifts towards autonomy and the promise of greater safety, Volvo is looking to expand into Merc’s territory.

The Swedish challenge comes from Volvo’s new V90, a more practical take on the S90 sedan. Volvo’s been in the wagon game for some time now, and with new underpinnings, a new look, and the latest in safety tech, the V90 makes a very strong case for segment superiority.

But Mercedes isn’t taking it lying down. The German automaker just redesigned the E-Class for the 2017 model year, including the five-door, and it too gets a restyle and some very impressive new gear.

For this comparison, we’ll take a hard look at what’s offered in terms of technology, as well as the comfort and luxury, style and aesthetics, performance, practicality, and finally, pricing and value. We’ll also toss in a few alternative models if these two don’t tickle your fancy.

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Don't Like The Porsche Panamera? You've Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Don’t Like The Porsche Panamera? You’ve Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Take a look at a couple German cars and one American that I think are better than the Panamera

So the new Porsche Panamera has finally been unveiled, and everybody from Porsche itself to official media outlets, are treating the car like it’s the best thing to come since the invention of toilet paper. In all reality, the car is pretty sweet in its own regard. It’s a fair evolution of the previous model, comes with a great sound system and that sweet retractable spoiler. Plus, who can argue with a 440-horsepower V-6 or a 550-horsepower V-8 or the fact that the car emerged dominate on the Nürburgring? Well, the fact’s may be there, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Panamera, in my opinion, looks like someone drove one Porsche 911 up the ass of another and called in a Panamera.

That might sound a little harsh, but take a look at the car as a whole. The rear end, minus a few little details here and there – like the overall shape of the fascia and the location of the exhaust outlets – looks like the rear end of a 911. So, I look at the Panamera like a four-door 911. I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that feels this way.

The new Panamera starts out at $99,900 for the 4S and $146,900 for the Turbo, which, for the “fastest luxury sedan on earth” doesn’t seem like a bad price. But, what if you’re like me and don’t want to spend your $100,000 or $150,000 on a car like the Panamera? There are certainly other options out there, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Comes with S-Class-inspired interior and semi-autonomous technology

Mercedes-Benz began revamping its sedan lineup in 2013, when the current-generation S-Class went on sale. In early 2014, the new C-Class went in production as a shrunken S-Class, with a stylish yet sporty exterior and numerous cues borrowed from Stuttgart’s full-size limo. After more than a year of speculation and months of teasers, the brand-new, tenth-generation E-Class has finally been unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the E-Class was also redesigned around the same styling language that debuted on the current S-Class. Granted, the midsize does have a few unique features of its own, but ignore the tiny details and it seems that Mercedes-Benz adopted Audi’s "same sausage, different lengths" way of doing things. This is obviously part of Mercedes’ plan of providing its sedan lineup with a more cohesive appearance than before, but it remains to be seen whether customers will appreciate it or not. One thing is certain, this has happened before, as the three sedans were quite similar in appearance back in the 1980s.

Styling aside, the new E-Class can brag about a new platform, a redesigned interior that is gorgeous to look at, and a new lineup of powerplants, including both a turbocharged four-cylinder and a brand-new four-pot diesel. As usual, not all engines will be available in the U.S., but more about that in our review below.

Updated 06/17/2016: Mercedes dropped U.S. prices for the E300, standard and 4Matic versions which are now available at dealers nationwide. Prices for all the other versions, including the AMG one will be announced closer to fall market launch. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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New Mercedes E-Class Caught On The Streets Of France

New Mercedes E-Class Caught On The Streets Of France

The new E-Class is exploring France before is U.S. debut later this summer

Mercedes isn’t putting its new E-Class Sedan into showrooms in the U.S. until sometime later this summer. But, before that happens, the E-Class – in 220d form – took itself a little drive on the streets of France. It might have been taking a nice French vacation before its big debut here in the States, but we managed to get it, and its driver, to allow us to snap some good shots of the interior and exterior before it went off for a night on the town.

As you can see from the images in our photo gallery, this E-Class is every bit a 2017 model. It’s got the revised headlamp lenses, the subtle exterior design cues that are borrowed from the C-Class or S-Class models, and that beautifully redesigned passenger cabin that is also based on that from the S-Class with an all-new instrument cluster. Since the car is a 220d, it’s rocking a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that delivers 194 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That might not sound like much, but this baby is all about luxury and economy. The luxury speaks for itself, but fuel economy is rated at 4.2-liters per 100 km, which translates to roughly 56 mpg – not bad for a large sedan.

It is quite fun to look at such a new model on the streets in the metal, but this is also the first time we’re getting a look at some of the internal settings menus like the exterior ambient light settings, drive mode settings and general vehicle settings. As you can see, the exterior ambient lighting can be changed to one of 64 shades and with a touch of the screen, the car can be put into Eco or Comfort modes. The cabin is luxurious and roomy, and the car just begs to be used for the next long road trip.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate

On sale this September with a luxurious interior and 400 horsepower

Mercedes has finally released the estate version of its tenth-generation E-Class, and to go with it, the AMG E43 4Matic variant. In typical Mercedes fashion, the new E43 Estate features a more aggressive front end with the standard AMG grille, a set of stylish wheels on the side, and a nice diffuser element with revised exhaust outlets in the rear. Inside, you’ll find a black interior with red accents, sport seats, lots of leather, and a multifunction configurable double color display that features its own AMG graphics. Under the hood, you’ll find AMG’s 3.0-liter Biturbo engine with a significant increase in horsepower and torque over the standard model, plus a nine-speed automatic transmission that feeds power to all four wheels.

Tobias Moers, the Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said, “In recent months we have considerably expanded our model range for performance-oriented customers with our new 43 models, creating numerous new ways of entering the world of Mercedes-AMG. The new E43 4Matic Estate adds a particularly versatile alternative for business and recreation to this portfolio.”

It’s no secret that the station wagon segment has seen better days, with the current market only offering a handful of wagon or estate models to choose from. Be that as it may, brands like Audi, Subaru, and in this case, Mercedes, have all managed to continuously give a breath of life into the estate market. The announcement of the E-Class wagon was a pretty big deal, bringing yet another model to the E-Class lineup, but now that Mercedes has also announced the E43 Estate, the lineup gets even better with a new performance wagon for a pretty bland market. So, let’s take a good look at the new Mercedes-AMG E43 Wagon and how it breathes new life into the market.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L

Mercedes caters to China with this mini Maybach

Mercedes-Benz is appealing to the growing market of luxury sedans in the Chinese market with this stretched version of the E-Class. The car, called the E-Class L, is built in China and is exclusively sold there, meaning no other markets see this E-Class limousine.

The car shares the same basic design and structure of the standard E-Class, but is lengthened by 5.5 inches for a wheelbase that measures 121.2 inches – 1.7 inches longer than the standard S-Class. This directly adds 5.3 inches of extra legroom for the rear seats, basically making the E-Class L a miniature Maybach.

The Benz also comes with a slew of luxury amenities and comforts, including a folding center armrest for the rear seats that offers wireless phone charging, heated leather, a USB port, and an integrated touch screen controller. Comforts are not lost on front seat occupants either. The driver has use of the dual 12.3-inch display screens, new touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel, and the infotainment system controller on the center console that recognizes handwriting and characters.

Mercedes has only confirmed a single powertrain for the Chinese E-Class L – the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This means the car’s designation will be the E200 L.

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Top Gear Magazine Drag Races Two High-Powered Wagons: Video

Top Gear Magazine Drag Races Two High-Powered Wagons: Video

Autobahn thrust in a grocery-getter package

I love it when a vehicle does something unexpected. Just a few examples might include a school bus that does a wheelstand all the way down the 1320, or a mud-eating Smart Fortwo that crushes off-road, or a wagon with enough power to smoke a sports car. Unfortunately, those first two take a little extra wrench time, but if it’s a cargo-hauling five-door speed machine you’re after, ze Germans have the answer – several, in fact. Top Gear Magazine recently got its hands on two of them for a straight-line runway showdown, and the result is this two-and-a-half minute video.

In the red corner, we have the Audi RS6 Avant, which comes loaded with a 4.0-liter V-8 boosted by two turbos for 552 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, all of which gets routed to the pavement via the Four Ring’s quattro AWD system. In the black corner is the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate, which also gets a twin-turbo V-8, but ups displacement to 5.5-liters and increases output to 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Only the rear axle provides the traction.

Clearly, the Audi has the advantage off the line, as the Merc will no doubt scramble to put down all that muscle from a standstill. Once in motion, however, the Audi will start to lose ground to the more powerful AMG missile.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43

A more affordable alternative to the AMG E63

It’s been only two months since the brand-new E-Class made its official debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, and Mercedes-Benz is already rolling out the first performance version of its midsize sedan. It’s called the AMG E43 and it will slot under the upcoming and highly anticipated AMG E63.

Set to make its global debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the souped-up sedan is the third new Mercedes-Benz to sport the "43" badge, joining the AMG C43 Coupe (also available as a convertible) and the smaller AMG SLC 43. Much like its stablemates, the AMG E43 sports a turbocharged V-6 engine instead of the traditional V-8 and bridges the gap between the range-topping model of the standard lineup and the bonkers AMG E63.

While it might not be as hot as the upcoming E63, the E43 enables Mercedes access to a new niche and provides the perfect tool against the already popular S6. What’s more, it gives AMG enthusiasts a more affordable proposition to the high-priced E63, as well as a more fuel efficient performance sedan. But does it have what it takes to compete against the Audi S6 and BMW 550i? Find out in our review below.

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Mercedes Unveils 2017 AMG E 43 4Matic

Mercedes Unveils 2017 AMG E 43 4Matic

Four doors, three letters, two turbos

Mercedes just dropped details on the first high-performance variant of the new E-Class, blessing the mid-size sedan with a little extra excitement. Let’s start with the engine, which is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 producing 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Those figures come courtesy of new turbos, which stuff the cylinders with nearly 16 psi of boost. The turbos are also placed closer to the engine for sharper throttle response. A run from standstill to 62 mph takes 4.6 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph.

Combined fuel economy is rated 8.3 liters/100 km, helped along by a start/stop function activated by the “Eco” drive mode. Speaking of drive modes, the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission offers several, including “Sport,” “Sport Plus,” and “Comfort.” There’s also a “Manual” shift mode to take full advantage of the paddles behind the steering wheel. Power is routed to the ground via a standard rear-biased AWD system.

AMG also retuned the multi-chamber air suspension, which uses adaptive damping for either leisurely cruising or aggressive cornering. The speed-sensitive steering now comes with a quicker ratio. Stopping the 3,900-pound vehicle are four-piston calipers in front, single-piston calipers in back, and 14-inch discs all around.

Visual upgrades include a new front bumper with large intakes, plus a diamond grille, high-gloss black trim, and a few AMG badges. In back is a quad exhaust with chrome tips and a spoiler. Standard rollers are 19-inch alloys, while 20-inchers are available.

Inside is microfiber and artificial leather upholstery, finished in black with red contrast stitching. There are exclusive sport pedals, plus red seat belts. The multifunction flat-bottom steering wheel is wrapped in black Nappa leather, and there’s a 4.5-inch multifunction color display in the gauge cluster. Sport seats are standard, but you can get more support with optional AMG units.

The 2017 AMG E 43 4Matic is slated to debut later this month at the New York International Auto Show. Look for complete coverage right here at TopSpeed.

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Watch The Live Unveiling Of The Mercedes E-Class Here

Watch The Live Unveiling Of The Mercedes E-Class Here

The North American International Auto Show is upon us and automakers are preparing their vehicles for the masses. We know of several well-anticipated debuts, including the all-new 2017 E-Class from Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes has provided a link to watch the unveiling of the E-Class in Detroit, scheduled to take place January 11, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. EST. For those of you not attending NAIAS, you’ll be able to catch all of Mercedes’ action here on [TopSpeed.

If you’re unfamiliar, the new E-Class is already understood to be a quantum leap ahead of the last generation car. The new full size luxury sedan takes after its big brother, the S-Class in many ways, not the least of which is an immaculate and stunning interior. Better panel fitment and materials, along with a swooping design inject some much needed class and affluence into the sedan’s accommodations.

The E-Class will receive new powerplants as well, forgoing the current V-6 for a new turbocharged, inline six-cylinder displacing three liters. A new 2.9-liter I-6 turbodiesel will also be offered.

For the full details, however, be sure to catch the livestream cast.

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Mercedes-Benz Highlights The E-Class' New Infotainment System, Touts "Mercedes Me"

Mercedes-Benz Highlights The E-Class’ New Infotainment System, Touts "Mercedes Me"

Mercedes-Benz has always been considered an industry leader when it comes to technological advances. The German automaker certainly proved its worth at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show when it dropped a boatload of new tech features designed to combine modern mobility with the continued evolution of the digital world.

The all-new Mercedes E-Class, or should I say, the interior of the all-new E-Class, is one of Mercedes’ main showcases at CES. Ahead of the sedan’s world premier at the 2016 North American International Auto Show later next week, the revolutionary cockpit of the new E-Class was displayed for all the world to see, including its new infotainment system that Merc promises will usher in a new era of networking and digitization. Among the highlights of this new system is a touch control on the multifunction steering wheel made up of a pair of panels that function the same way as the surface of a smartphone. Just like how we use swiping movements to navigate the interface of our phones, these two panels work the same way, allowing drivers to scroll through the menus of the instrument cluster and the central display without their hands leaving the steering wheel.

Mercedes says it’s the first automaker to offer a system of that sort in a car, and with the company’s reputation for ingenious creations like this, I’m inclined to believe it. Also, from a presentation standpoint, the new E-Class will also benefit from having a digital instrument cluster that has a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. Even better, the screen design can be customized with three different designs - Classic, Sport, or Progressive - depending on the preference of the driver.

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