New Mercedes-AMG E 53 revealed with 612hp hybrid powertrain

2024 Mercedes-AMG E 53

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 has been revived as a hot plug-in hybrid with an aggressive new look, a wide-reaching chassis makeover and as much power as the old V8-powered E 63. The hot four-wheel-drive E-Class, introduced in 2016 to sit below the range-topping E 63 super-sedan, keeps its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six, but receives a chunky power boost from a new EV motor, giving it up to 612hp.

  1. New E 53 gets 449hp 6-cyl engine and a 163hp electric motor totalling 585hp
  2. AMG Dynamic Plus package adds more power; combined output is 612hp
  3. Has electric-only range of 100km from a 21.2kWh battery

New Mercedes-AMG E 53: powertrain

On its own, the engine produces 449hp – tweaked to give nearly 20hp more than before – with up to 163hp coming from the electric motor, which is integrated into the 9-speed torque converter gearbox. That gives a combined output, in normal running, of 585hp and 750Nm, giving a claimed 0-100kph time of 4 seconds for the sedan and 4.1 seconds for the estate.

2024 Mercedes-AMG E 53 estate

The optional ‘AMG Dynamic Plus package’ liberates the full whack of 612hp when the driver engages 'race start', which optimises off-the-line performance and trims the 0-100kph time to 3.8 seconds for the sedan; the estate is, again, just 0.1 second slower. It also removes the 250kph speed limiter and lets the E 53 continue on to its natural 280kph maximum.

The PHEV is equipped with a 21.2kWh battery (usable), which claims an electric-only range of up to 100km and can be topped up from an 11kW domestic charger in around 6 hours. A 60kW fast charger comes as an optional extra to get it from 10-80 percent in 20 minutes.

2024 Mercedes-AMG E 53 engine

The battery can be topped up at rates of up to 120kW by the car's regenerative braking system – 32kW more than the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Recuperation levels can be changed via paddles behind the steering wheel when in hybrid mode.

Electric-only driving is possible at speeds below 140kph, and there is a battery hold mode – one of seven different drive settings – which can be used to ensure there is enough juice for engine-off driving through upcoming low-emission zones, for example.

New Mercedes-AMG E 53: brakes, suspension

The E-Class’s chassis has been given the full AMG treatment, too, bringing additional bracing on the front and rear axle for extra stiffness, a front track width that’s increased by 11mm, and new twin-chamber suspension dampers that are said to have “clearly noticeable” changes in their various settings: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. The braking system is also said to have been optimised to work with the hybrid powertrain’s energy recuperation.

New Mercedes-AMG E 53: interior, exterior

Styling changes over the standard E-Class include an illuminated AMG-specific grille, flared front wheel arches to accommodate the wider track, larger air intakes, a prominent rear diffuser, ducktail spoiler and circular quad exhausts. To signal its extra grunt, the AMG Dynamic Plus package adds various performance-flavoured cues including red callipers for its beefier brakes and a microfibre-wrapped steering wheel.

2024 Mercedes-AMG E 53 interior

Inside, the E 53 gets body-hugging performance seats trimmed in synthetic leather as standard, as well as bespoke wood trim and an AMG steering wheel, with a 12.3-inch driver's display and 14.4-inch infotainment screen. Mercedes' full-width Superscreen is available as an option, giving the front passenger their own infotainment interface with access to games, streaming services and various in-car settings.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 India details

In India, we have the previous Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ Cabriolet currently on sale at Rs 1.3 crore (ex-showroom, India); the sedan version was also launched in India in 2021, though it is no longer available. While the new E 53 may come to India in sedan form like its predecessor did, the estate version is unlikely to make its way here.

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