NEW Mercedes-AMG performance models, new engines, and a host of added features are among the highlights of a wide-ranging update for the acclaimed Mercedes-Benz E-Class range.
A new turbo diesel inline six-cylinder engine for the E 350 d saloon lifts power from 190kW to 210kW, while both power and torque are boosted in the petrol-powered six-cylinder E 450 4MATIC saloon, coupé and cabriolet models to 270kW and 500Nm.
All models in the range will now also be fitted with the Driver Assistance Package PLUS, which includes enhanced traffic sign assist, while a new-generation steering wheel with touch controls is now standard.
Adaptive high beam assist has been added to the E 200 and E 220 d saloon models, while the wellness-focused ENERGIZING comfort control function that made its debut earlier this year is now standard on the Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupé/Cabriolet models.
Mercedes-Benz has also added a Sport Edition package, available for a very limited time on the E 200 and 220 d saloon models.
Costing an additional $10,500, it includes a panoramic sunroof, HUD, Burmester sound, AMG body styling, 20-inch AMG alloys, leather upholstery, heated front seats and metallic paint.
Joining the E-Class family for the first time is the performance-focused Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ range, which includes saloon, coupé and cabriolet variants. It’s powered by a 3.0-litre, 320kW inline six-cylinder petrol engine.
Fitted with an EQ Boost starter-generator and hooked to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, the new AMG models push out 520Nm of torque, and feature fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive.
A switchable AMG Performance exhaust system is also standard for all variants, as are 20-inch, five twin-spoke alloy wheels. Other standard equipment across the AMG E 53 range includes a Burmester surround sound system, and nappa leather upholstery.
The range also features front sports seats and sports steering wheel, and AMG exterior styling including a spoiler lip on the boot lid. A panoramic glass sunroof is fitted to the saloon and coupé variants.
The cabriolet receives an acoustic soft-top, AIRCAP automatic draught stop, and AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the front seats. Available now, the new range starts at $91,900 plus on-roads for the E 200 saloon.
Some 16 model variants, including an all-terrain option are available, with the new Mercedes-AMG E 53 priced at $167,129 plus on-roads for the saloon, $172,729 plus on-roads for the coupe, and $181,329 plus on-roads for the cabriolet.
The pinnacle performance model, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ saloon, hits the tarmac at $239,529 plus on-roads.