Mercedes-AMG E 53 on sale now

New performance E-Class with 3.0-litre mild-hybrid power replaces E 43

Mercedes has announced details and prices of its latest performance-focused E-Class, the E 53. Available in both saloon and estate bodystyles, the new car uses an electrified 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that produces 429bhp, with an extra 21bhp thanks to its mild-hybrid system, named ‘EQ Boost’ by Mercedes. The E 53 replaces the E 43 in the range, but still sits below the V8-powered E 63.

Performance is strong for both saloon and estate versions; 0-62mph takes just 4.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Claimed average fuel economy is 32.5mpg, while CO2 emissions are 200g/km. The E 53 comes as standard with the AMG Speedshift 9G nine-speed automatic gearbox and Mercedes’ 4MATIC+ four-wheel-drive system. The former offers features quick gearchanges, a double-declutching feature and is capable of multiple downshifts if required.

The E 53 comes as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, a performance exhaust, AMG ride control air suspension, selectable driving modes, an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, a 12.3-inch screen in place of traditional dials, nappa leather upholstery, a 360-degree parking camera system, power-adjustable memory front seats and steering column and adaptive LED headlights.

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Optional equipment includes the Premium Plus pack (£2,595), which brings a Burmester stereo, keyless entry and start, plus a panoramic sunroof. The Comfort pack (£395) adds a sophisticated ‘Air Balance and Energising Comfort Control’ system, which adjusts the interior to the driver’s tastes using ambient lighting, music and fragrance.

Safety can be maximised through the addition of the Driving Assistance Plus package (£1,695), which adds a suite of active driver assistance and safety features, including (but not limited to) adaptive cruise control, active lane-keeping assistance and a host of pre-accident warning systems that can move occupants towards the centre of the car in the case of a side-on impact. It can also prepare their ears for the loud noise of a crash by emitting an audio interference signal to trigger something called the 'stapedius reflex' – a natural muscular contraction that helps minimise hearing damage.

The new E 53 4MATIC+ is on sale now, priced from £61,835 for the saloon. First UK deliveries are expected in July.

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