Mercedes-AMG Reveals Straight-Six Powered E53 Sedan and Wagon
Car and Driver loved the supple, rapid Mercedes-AMG E43 enough to name it to our 2018 10Best Cars list. They recently drove the brand-new CLS53, based on the E’s platform, and found it even more enjoyable than the E43. Part of it was the CLS53’s chassis tuning, which seemed to be pleasantly sharper than the E43’s without sacrificing comfort, but the other major factor was Daimler’s return to a straight-six powerplant, an engine configuration with a long and storied connection to the Mercedes marque.
The new six, which is turbocharged and has a 48-volt hybrid system, has already been installed in S-classes elsewhere in the world and is the base engine in the new AMG GT 4-Door. Since it also has been announced for the AMG versions of the E-class coupe and cabriolet, the fact that it soon will make its home in the rest of the E-class lineup is hardly news. Mercedes-AMG has now announced both the E53 sedan and wagon, although only the three-box E is certain to make the trip to the U.S. of A. The current word from Mercedes regarding American E53 wagon sales is “no plans at this time.” (Both E53 models will be replacing the E43, which currently uses a twin-turbo V-6.)
That’s a damn dirty shame, as the AMG variant of the inline-six, with its additional electric supercharger, is an absolute gem of an engine—one that’d be right at home in the E-class wagon. While it might not carry the upside-the-skull wallop of the E63’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, the 429-hp turbo-hybrid 53 powertrain would’ve been considered an abject scorcher in its own right not that long ago, and it’s still a potent agglomeration of components.
If you’ve gotta get your mitts on an AMG 53 model, the E-class sedan, E-class coupe, E-class cabriolet, CLS, and AMG GT 4-Door seem to be your only choices, chum. Sorry, pretty-hot German wagon aficionados. Your princesses are still all on another continent. At least you can get one with a V-8?