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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan.

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    Nine-Speed AMG
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    435
  • Torque @ RPM:
    384
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
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Exterior

- * Diamond radiator grille
- * Revised front bumper
- * New wheels
- * Chrome trim
- * Carbon-fiber spoiler
- * "AMG E53" badges
- * Not as aggressive as the AMG E63

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While not as aggressive as the E63, the E53 is not as mundane as the non-AMG models either

The E53 badge not only bridges the gap between the most powerful non-AMG model and the E63 output-wise but it also slots between the two in terms of design. While not as aggressive as the E63, the E53 is not as mundane as the non-AMG models either. But surprisingly enough, the sedan version isn’t identical to the coupe up front. While the two-door model has a grille with a black lattice pattern and horizontal blades with black inserts, the sedan sports the more familiar diamond grille with thinner chrome blades. This design element is usually offered on V-8 cars, so it’s a bit surprising to see it on a six-cylinder model.

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A body-colored (or carbon-fiber) spoiler rounds off the rear end

The bumper was also revised into a sportier design with a splitter in silver chrome. The side intakes also have two horizontal fins in silver chrome, a feature that’s also present on the coupe and convertible models. The engine hood has a unique design with two power domes. Onto the sides, we can see revised side skirts have a slightly sportier design, front fender badges with the "E53" designation, and new wheels. Mercedes also offers optional 20-inch AMG rims in a five-spoke design. Around back, the E53 boasts a slightly sportier diffuser and a twin tailpipe layout with high-gloss chrome trip (or black chrome with the Night Package). A body-colored spoiler rounds off the rear end. The aerodynamic element can also be ordered in carbon-fiber.

Interior

- * 12.3-inch Displays
- * AMG Steering Wheel
- * Carbon-Fiber Trim
- * Sports Seats
- * Nappa Leather Upholstery
- * New Color Options

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The sedan comes with the big 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment and instrument cluster as standard

The E53 might not have as many extra features as the E63 version, but it gets enough extra standard equipment to stand out compared to the non-AMG E-Class.

For starters, it comes with the big 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment and instrument cluster as standard. The two displays share the same glass cover, making it look like a really wide screen that stretches from behind the steering wheel toward the passenger side of the dashboard.

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While the sports seats keep you comfy
The AMG badge also adds AMG Performance seats, specific upholstery, and an AMG Performance steering wheel

The AMG badge also adds AMG Performance seats, specific upholstery, and an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in black Nappa leather and with a red 12 o’clock marking. Customers who want a classier look can opt for Black Piano Lacquer trim. The steering wheel also comes with touch-sensitive buttons that respond to swiping motions for easier communication with the infotainment system. Speaking of which, voice control has been extended to include vehicle functions such as air conditioning and seat heating and ventilation, interior lights, and more.

AMG-specific sporty elements also include red seat belts, and trim elements in either carbon-fiber, glass fiber, or matte silver. Much like in the coupe, the AMG package should also bring new upholstery options like black/saddle brown, black/white, black/classic red, Designo titian red/macchiato beige, and Designo titanium grey/black.

Drivetrain

- * 3.0-Liter Inline-Six Engine
- * EQ Boost Hybrid System
- * 435 Horsepower
- * 384 Pound-Feet
- * EQ Boost Adds 22 Horses And 184 Pound-Feet
- * Nine-Speed AMG Transmission
- * 0 To 62 Mph In 4.4 Seconds
- * Top speed of only 130 mph

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We’re talking 435HP and 384 LB-FT
An EQ Boost starter-alternator fitted between the engine and the transmission turns the E53 into a mild hybrid

Just like the coupe and convertible models released earlier in 2018, the AMG E53 Sedan uses a version of the twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine that was introduced with the Mercedes-Benz CLS. An EQ Boost starter-alternator that combines a starter motor and alternator in an electric unit is fitted between the engine and the transmission, which turns the E53 into a mild hybrid.

The electric auxiliary compressor builds up a high charge pressure without any delay, which provides a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large exhaust gas turbocharger kicks in. As a result, the engine provides a more dynamic response and eliminates the lag usually associated with turbocharged engines. The hybrid system will also return better fuel economy compared to gasoline-only drivetrains.

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or the chrome tailpipe trim
Total output is rated at an impressive 457 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque

The 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine generates 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, significantly more than the E400, which is rated at 329 horsepower. That’s also an extra 39 horses over the AMG E43 model that this mild hybrid replaces. The EQ Boost provides an additional 22 horses and 184 pound-feet, taking total output to an impressive 457 horsepower and 568 pound-feet. Granted, the E53 is nowhere near as powerful as the V-8 E63 model, which delivers 603 horsepower, but it’s powerful enough to cover the 0 to 60 sprint in 4.4 seconds, a half-second quicker than the E400 version.

A nine-speed AMG Speedshift transmission and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system route the power to the wheels, enabling the E53 Coupe to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 4.4 seconds, almost a full second quicker than the E400 4Matic. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph, surprisingly low for an AMG model, which usually come with 155-mph ratings. Other upgrades compared to the regular model include five Dynamic Select drive modes, independent AMG Ride Control+ suspension, AMG speed-sensitive steering, and a compound braking system.

Engine AMG-enhanced 3.0L I6 Turbo Engine with EQ Boost
Displacement 2,999 cc
Power output hp 429 @ 6,100 rpm
Add. Output with EQ Boost 21 hp
Peak torque 384 lb-ft @ 1,800 – 5,800
Add. torque with EQ Boost 184 lb-ft
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.4 s (est)
Top Speed 130 mph

Prices

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Don’t forget the new AMG E53 badges

Pricing information for the AMG E53 is not yet available, but given that it will replace the AMG E43 for the 2019 model year, it should have a similar. Of course, the newer technology and the EQ system will drive the price up a bit, but it shouldn’t cost more than $76,000 before options. For reference, the outgoing AMG E43 Sedan retails from $71,600.

Competition

BMW M550i xDrive

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The AMG E53 is obviously not powerful enough for the full-blown BMW M5, but it’s a good match for the M550i xDrive. Much like the E53, the M550i is not as menacing as the range-topping model, but it’s equipped with plenty of M parts inside and out. Unlike the Merc, it comes with a big, 4.4-liter V-8 engine under the hood. It doesn’t have too much in common with the mill in the M5, but the N63 engine cranks out a solid 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s just as much horsepower as the E53’s hybrid drivetrain, but the AMG wins the torque battle thanks to an extra 88 pound-feet. But while it doesn’t have as much torque, the M550 xDrive is actually quicker from 0 to 60 mph, needing only four seconds to complete the sprint. Its top speed is also superior at 155 mph. Pricing for the M550i xDrive starts from $73,900.

Read our full story on the 2018 BMW 5 Series.

Audi S6

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Audi has yet to launch an S6 version of the new A6 sedan, but it should arrive just in time for the 2019 model year and the AMG E53. The new A6 features a sportier, more angular design on the outside and a completely revamped interior with a fresh, more premium look. Almost every surface is wrapped in leather, complemented by Alcantara inserts and aluminum trim. Carbon-fiber could be an option in this model too. The S6 could get its juice from a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6, which already made its debut in the RS5. Output could sit at around 470 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which would be enough to give the AMG E53 a run for its money. The outgoing model uses a V-8, but Audi will likely drop that unit for this model. Expect the new S6 to need around 4.2 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. With the old model priced from $71,900, the redesigned sedan should start from around $73,000, if not a bit more.

Read our speculative review on the upcoming 2017 Audi S6.

Conclusion

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The AMG E53 Sedan is part of Mercedes-Benz recent effort to replace the E43 lineup and to introduce electrification to the AMG family. The sedan is the third E-Class to benefit from the EQ upgrade and the four Merc alongside the CLS E53. The cool thing about the AMG E53 is that it almost looks like a full-fledged AMG. I also like the fact that it delivers significantly more torque than the competition while returning better fuel economy. On the other hand, the fact that it’s almost a half-second slower than the BMW M550i xDrive and its top speed is limited to only 130 mph is a bit disappointing.

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    • Slower than the competition
    • Top speed limited to 130 mph

References

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes E-Class.

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0-to-to in as fast as 4.4 seconds

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe.

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet.

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43.

2014 Mercedes E63 AMG High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63.

Press release

New engine, 48V electrical system, fully variable all-wheel drive, larger brakes, and more equipment features: the Mercedes-AMG E 53 Sedan. The centerpiece of the new E 53 Sedan is the electrified AMG- enhanced 3.0L in-line 6 Turbo Engine with EQ Boost featuring an electric auxiliary compressor. The in-line 6-cylinder engine generates an output of 429 hp and delivers a peak torque of 384 lb-ft which is supplemented with an electric EQ Boost starter generator. Other technical highlights include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the fully variable all-wheel drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+.

The new Mercedes-AMG E 53 Sedan joins the new AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet models, and replaces the previous AMG E 43 Sedan model. The AMG E 53 Sedan will be available as a 2019 model year in the U.S. by late 2018.

The now fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive combines optimal traction for dynamic driving fun with a high level of driving safety in all conditions: in the dry, in the wet or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, as intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.

Higher top speed, larger brakes

The AMG Driver’s Package for the first time allows increasing the electronically limited top speed in the new E 53 models to 130 mph. The standard AMG Sport Braking system was adapted to the added power and performance: The front axle features cross-drilled and vented 14.2" brake discs with four-piston fixed callipers and AMG lettering, the rear axle is fitted with 14.2" discs with single-piston floating callipers.

Power bulges and round twin tailpipe embellishers

The E 53 Sedan is easily distinguished by a new hood featuring two, striking power domes while the round twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome (in black chrome with Night package) stand out. The rear bumper is characterized by a new and sportier diffuser look. The dynamic appearance is rounded off by new optional 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimized twin five-spoke design.

Interior with innovative control and display concept

The interior of the new AMG E 53 Sedan welcomes passengers with model- specific equipment features, luxurious materials and the innovative control and display concept of the E-Class. The synthesis of exclusivity and sportiness is also emphasized by the available AMG Performance Seats with an AMG- specific upholstery layout, and available AMG Carbon Fiber trim.

The standard Widescreen Cockpit includes a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver that serves as the instrument cluster, as well as a 12.3" central display above the center console for the infotainment system. Visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a Widescreen Cockpit and consequently emphasize the horizontal orientation of the interior design.

New AMG Performance steering wheel

The new, standard-fit AMG Performance steering wheel in black Nappa leather with red 12 o’clock marking offers extensive individualization options such as DINAMICA or Black Piano Lacquer trim. Many functions such as Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC can be activated with the controls in the horizontal steering wheel spokes. The touch-sensitive Touch Control buttons respond to swiping motions and enable the driver to control the entire infotainment system without having to take his/her hands off the steering wheel.

The infotainment system can also be operated via the touchpad with Controller in the center console and by voice control. Voice control has been extended to include vehicle functions. It now also controls the air conditioning and seat heating/ventilation, interior lights and more.

Six-cylinder in-line engine with EQ Boost starter generator

The new AMG-enhanced 3.0L I6 Turbo Engine with EQ Boost engine of the E 53 models is characterized by top performance and intelligent electrification. The EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor and is fitted between the engine and transmission. This innovation, as well as the intelligent charging via an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger, all have the same goal: to enhance driving dynamics, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

High torque without lag

Supported by the EQ Boost starter-alternator, the electric auxiliary compressor builds up a high charge pressure, without any delay, for a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large exhaust gas turbocharger is deployed. As a result, the 3.0-liter engine reacts extremely spontaneously and provides an immediate response without turbo lag. An additional bonus is the high level of refinement of the six-cylinder in-line engine.

Paving the way for hybrid functions: 48V on-board electrical system

The power for the 48V on-board electrical system is generated by the EQ Boost starter generator. The conventional 12V electrical system is likewise supplied from the new network – by means of a DC/DC converter. The 48V battery increases the overall battery capacity in the vehicle, which allows supplying more electrical energy. The existing 12V system supplies power to accessories such as lights, cockpit, infotainment displays and control units.

Hybrid functions thanks to EQ Boost starter-alternator

The EQ Boost starter generator is a key component of the 48V system and not only serves as an alternator, but is also responsible for hybrid functions. This allows fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology. For the first time, the EQ Boost starter-alternator is also responsible for idle speed control.

The hybrid functions include boost with up to 21 hp of output and 184 lb-ft of torque, energy recovery, shifting of the load point, gliding mode and the virtually imperceptible restarting of the engine with the start/stop function.

Short shift times, high efficiency: AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission

The new 3.0-liter in-line engine is coupled with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, which impresses with extremely short shift times, fast response to shift paddle commands, a double-declutching function and multiple downshifts. Whether automatic or initiated by the driver using the steering wheel shift paddles, upshifts or downshifts are implemented instantly. Especially in the "Sport+" and in manual driving modes, the transmission is very responsive.

Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes "Eco," "Comfort," "Sport," "Sport+" and "Individual," the driver can tailor the characteristics of the new 53-series models even further to suit personal preferences at the press of a button. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering. Independently of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes, the driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The suspension set-ups can also be selected specifically as needed.

Independent AMG Sport Suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROL

Increased agility, neutral cornering performance and greater traction come courtesy of the AMG Sport Suspension based on AIR BODY CONTROLdeveloped in Affalterbach. The multi-chamber air suspension with particularly sporty spring/damper set-up and continuously adjustable damping ADS+ (Adaptive Damping System) combines outstanding driving dynamics with high ride comfort. A harder spring rate, for example, when cornering and braking, effectively reduces body roll.

The damping at each wheel is adjusted to suit the current driving situation and the condition of the road. This is done rapidly and precisely, using two separate valves for the rebound and compression forces in the dampers. The damping characteristics can also be preselected in three modes, "Comfort," "Sport" and "Sport+," allowing a significantly more noticeable differentiation between excellent long-distance comfort and sporty driving dynamics.

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