It sits right in the middle of MB’s saloon car offerings but don’t expect just a plain middle of the road car. This is more of just a mid-life update as opposed to a completely new design. However, the changes made especially to the exterior are quite significant. I find it way more attractive than the previous iteration. It’s now more aggressive and less soft looking and falls in line with the new Mercedes-Benz design language. The E53 AMG version pictured here look fantastically aggressive but not over the top. With the new headlight design, they are also full LED as standard with multibeam versions as an option. The taillights have also been redesigned and feature LEDs.
There is a host of petrol and diesel engines with clever 48v power systems and electric helper motors. The one I am interested in is the E53 AMG, with its 3.0l straight-six. This creamy 6-pot coupled with the EQ boost Starter motor pushes out 320kw and 520nm. These figures are without the additional 16kw and 250nm provided by the EQ boost motor. The power is sent to all four wheels via the steller AMG 9G Speedshift dual-clutch and the 4matic 4WD system. This allows the E53 to hit 100kmh in 4.5s which is pretty decent if you ask me. Its also good to note that this is not the full-fat E63 AMG.
Well, the inside is pretty much the same in terms of design as the current models save for some slight touches. The most notable thing is the newly designed steering wheel(not on all models) which I think looks fantastic. As usual, the dash is dominated by the two large screens which are either 10.25″ each or 12.3″ items. The system comprises of the MBUX software with voice activation using the “Hey Mercedes” phrase. It is also a touch screen and can be controlled using the control pad in the centre console. Being an AMG model there is also a couple of additions to the system including unique displays and settings. There is also a raft of safety and luxury kit things like Distronic active cruise control, “Energising” massaging seats. As with pretty much all Mercedes-Benz products, this will a comfortable and solidly built piece of kit. Not sure when it will be available with the whole Covid-19 situation but let’s hope all efforts made to contain it works out.