By on April 27, 2018

Mercedes-Benz is improving the E-Class lineup with a new driver assistance package that delivers the semi-autonomous capabilities already available on the S-Class. Among them is advanced steering assist and Mercedes’ latest version of adaptive cruise control. Dubbed “Active Distance Assist Distronic” by the brand, the tech allows the vehicle to maintain a comfortable following distance with the traffic ahead and is capable of coming to a complete stop in traffic jams. But, unlike some other systems, it can also resume speed once the road ahead is clear.

There’s also a new SportsStyle Package for the 2019 model year — adding chrome accents to the exterior, tailpipe finishers, special badging, and an upgraded interior featuring stainless steel sport pedals, ash wood center console, new headliner, and unique floor mats.

However, most interesting change comes via AMG. Mercedes has ditched the E43 model for the all new E53 4Matic+. Coming in both wagon and sedan bodystyles, the E53 dumps the E43’s biturbo V6 for an inline unit hosting the same number of cylinders, turbochargers, and adds a mild hybrid application. 

The 48-volt setup is quickly becoming a staple at Mercedes, which is fine, as nobody can accuse those motors of underdelivering. For the AMG E-Class, the inline 3.0-liter makes use of a electric drive supercharger to eliminate turbo lag. Peaking at 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, the engine mates to an AMG Speedshift nine-speed transmission that sends power to a variable all-wheel drive setup.

While those numbers may not sound radical compared to the E43’s specifications, they are an improvement in terms of horsepower. Also, by eliminating turbo lag, the E53 should be able to tap into that uptick in power more quickly and improve on the old car’s zero-to-sixty time of 4.5 seconds (though it’s capable of better with the right set of tires).

The new engine will also make its way to the E53 coupe and cabriolet, both of which should be available in North America. However, Mercedes said it will retain the wagon for European use. As infuriating as that makes a small subset of motorists, don’t forget that the completely insane E63 wagon is available in the United States and Canada. Its 603-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 is enough to embarrass practically anything else you’d encounter off the racetrack, provided you have the money to purchase one.

Frankly, we’re glad to see the SportsStyle appearance package. The chrome additions are wildly tasteful and the interior gets some genuine attention, as well. Lately, it seems a lot of automakers are charging more for the elimination of chrome detailing and not always in ways that add to a vehicle’s appearance. While we like giving customers options, charging them more for a car that looks decidedly less expensive doesn’t make much sense to us. Some brands, like Jaguar, have been able to do the stripped-down look significantly better.

In addition to the package, Mercedes-Benz is also adding new options for the E-Class’ interior trim materials, seats, and wheels. Official North American pricing and specs will be announced at a later date, but European prices have already been listed. Doing some currency conversion shows Mercedes is asking roughly $1,500 (USD) for the SportsStyle package, while the 2019 AMG E53 4MATIC+ sedan carries an MSRP of around $85,200.

If that number sticks when it arrives on the domestic market, it’ll represent a $12,600 premium over the outgoing E43. While the majority of that can be attributed to the vehicle’s advanced powertrain, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a sizable chunk of change — even for someone who can afford it.

[Images: Mercedes-Benz]

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8 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz Announces E-Class Enhancement, AMG E53 4Matic+ Sedan and Wagon...”


  • avatar
    turbo_awd

    Wonder if this means any good deals on ’18 E43s?

    • 0 avatar
      Serpens

      @Matt Posky

      1. It is unwise to do price conversions in the manner that you did above. For several reasons the price in other markets does not translate to what we pay for the same vehicle over here.

      2. Package names vary from market to market, so do not expect a “sport style” package to come over here. I can guarantee that you won’t, particularly since in our market sport appearance packages delete chrome.

  • avatar
    derekson

    You missed the fact that the hybrid motor between the engine and transmission can briefly boost HP and torque beyond those figures. Not sure how long “briefly” is though.

  • avatar
    ex007

    I so want to like this, but given my last experience with an E class, there’s no way I’m buying one.

    In less than 3 yrs on a brand new E550 4Matic, the following had to be replaced:
    air shocks
    brakes
    rotors
    front suspension
    wood interior
    front seats

    And despite having the car serviced at the dealer at least 10x, they could never eliminate the front “shimmying” when the brakes were applied.

    So pass…

    • 0 avatar
      RSF

      This is the reason to NEVER own a Benz, BMW, Jag, Land Rover, Maserati, etc out of its factory warranty period.

    • 0 avatar
      DearS

      Lol, reminds me of my bimmers. Still, Honda does not make RWD cars.

      Man, I love the way my Honda has 15 years and 160k miles on all original engine and suspension parts. I expect a total of $2500 over the next 5 years in possible repairs if I keep it and everything some how brakes.

  • avatar
    jalop1991

    “Mercedes-Benz Announces ED-Class Enhancement…”

    Fixed that for you.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Very curious to drive a *53 with this I6/mild hybrid powertrain. Really seems like it could be the best of all worlds.

    Too spendy for me for at least a few years, though. And I’d have to remove all AMG badges because real AMGs sound like Dr. Z making an impression of a cammer 427 stock car.


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