The 2019 Mercedes CLS53 and E53 Bring Straight-Sixes Back to AMG

The 2019 Mercedes CLS53 and E53 Bring Straight-Sixes Back to AMG

M - Mercedes' high-performance AMG division has released details of an interesting new variant on a few of the company's performance cars. Dubbed the AMG 53-Series, the new drivetrain debuted on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe, AMG E 53 Cabriolet, and AMG CLS 53 four-door.

All three 53-series cars are fitted with a '4Matic+' variable all-wheel drive system and AMG-tuned air suspension.

Distinguishing design features shared among the new 53 models include a twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, an A-wing front bumper design, AMG-specific side sill panels, a rear bumper with diffuser insert and round exhaust tailpipe trim in high-gloss chrome. The model features copper-coloured trim throughout its interior, plus black Nappa leather, 64-colour ambient lighting, Mercedes" "Memory and Mirror' package and the inclusion of a dashboard clock made by Swiss watch manufacturer IWC. In addition to black with red or gray stitching, the E-Class models get the option of black and saddle brown, black and white, black and red, Designo red and macchiato beige, and Designo titanium gray and black.

This is where the new 53-series gets interesting.

The highlight of the new models is of course their powertrain, which is comprised of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine with 435hp and 383lb-ft (520Nm) of torque paired to an EQ Boost starter-alternator that can momentarily provide an additional 21hp (16kW) and 184lb-ft (250Nm) of torque. Since there's no 12-volt alternator, and the auto uses electricity for air conditioning, power steering and even the water pump, there are no drive belts affixed to the front of the 6-cylinder engine, shortening it considerably. This "EQ Boost" system helps improve performance dramatically, with the company citing the new CLS53's estimated zero-to-60-mph time of just 4.4 seconds, with far more immediate throttle response.

The 2019 Mercedes CLS53 and E53 Bring Straight-Sixes Back to AMG

The new engine, which has a 48-volt electrical system, generates 429 horsepower and 384 foot-pounds of torque from 1,800-5,800-rpm. This mild hybrid function also allows for a boost of 16 kW (21.5 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. The benefit of the system is the delivery of a performance vehicle with improved emissions and efficiency without any loss in sporty abilities.

The engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The result is 429bhp and, Mercedes says, a more responsive engine.

A pair of 12.3-inch infotainment screens can be specified on all 53 models to create what Mercedes calls a "Widescreen Cockpit"; this displays everything from driver information to sat-nav directions and infotainment, as well as being used to change driving modes and other settings. These cars also borrow the excellent driver assist technology from the flagship S-Class.

Mercedes-AMG says to expect the CLS53, E53 Coupe and E53 Cabriolet to go on sale in the USA later in 2018.

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