When the regular Mercedes-Benz E-Class doesn't do it for you, the AMG-tuned E53 fills the void with increased performance and edgier styling.
For its 2020 model year, Mercedes-AMG has given the E53 a mild makeover, which includes redesigned front and rear ends, a new steering-wheel design, an enhanced infotainment system, the latest driver assists and an updated hybrid powertrain.
A unique grille and exclusive exterior details help separate the E53 saloon and estate body styles from their more pedestrian counterparts. A two-door coupe and a rag-top cabriolet are expected to follow later.
The 2020 E53 saloon and estate will go on sale in the UK in May, with first deliveries expected late summer. However, no UK pricing details have yet been released.
Every E53 is powered by an AMG-tuned turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers 429hp and 520Nm of torque. It is paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, sending drive to both axles via Mercedes’ 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. The E53 rides on standard 19-inch wheels or optional 20-inchers.
The 2020 E53’s interior isn't much different from before, with two 12.3-inch screens tucked into the dashboard and a wealth of curves and expensive materials everywhere else. The E53 variant takes things to another level over the regular E-Class, with microfiber AMG seats, red contrast stitching, AMG badges and a steering wheel that looks like it was plucked out of a cyberpunk graphic novel. That wheel also houses capacitive sensors that can tell when a driver takes their hands off the wheel.
New tech abounds and Mercedes-Benz's latest infotainment system, MBUX, is now standard equipment. In addition to standard kit like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, ‘natural-language’ voice recognition and navigation, the MBUX also houses some AMG-specific kit: Race timers can be displayed, in addition to expanded engine data, plus AMG Track Pace software that can track your laps and offer up ideal race lines through augmented reality.