Mercedes-Benz India unveiled the updated AMG E 53 4Matic+ and E 63 S 4Matic+ in the Indian market today. Mercedes-AMG has priced the E 53 4Matic+ at 1.02 crore and the E 63 S 4Matic+ at 1.70 crore. All prices are in Indian rupees and are ex-showroom. Both models are part of the German brand’s 15-model launch plan in the United States this year. Both AMGs are essentially performance variants of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class family. They are based on the facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class standard wheelbase that is available in global markets, but not in India, where the executive luxury sedan is only available in the long wheelbase (LWB) configuration.
It’s self-evident that the shorter wheelbase and other sporty design elements lend both AMGs a sportier demeanour, which begins with the signature AMG panamericana grille with vertical slats up front, which is shared by both models, as are numerous other design elements. Thus, both models will feature a sharper bumper with larger air curtains and glossy black elements, sleek LED taillights sourced from the E-Class, and a quad exhaust system with a glossy black diffuser. Nonetheless, the E 53 features round tips, whereas the E 63 S features a squarish design. Both models come standard with a contrast lip spoiler and 19-inch alloy wheels, with the option of upgrading to 20-inch wheels. Naturally, you get LED headlights as well as daytime running lights (DRLs).
Both AMGs are also very similar on the inside. Both models will feature Mercedes’ trademark single unit display with dual digital touchscreens for infotainment and instrumentation. The extensive feature list also includes the MBUX system, a flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel in the AMG style, 64-color ambient lighting, and ventilated seats. Carbon fibre has been liberally used on the dashboard and centre console, enhancing the car’s aggressive character, while contrast stitching on the steering wheel and seats emphasises it even more. While the AMG E 63 S features Nappa leather seats, the AMG E 53 features ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre seats with an AMG design, red contrasting topstitching, and AMG badging.
Having said that, the primary distinction between the two models is found beneath their hoods. The Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine and an EQ Boost starter-alternator. It’s the same engine that powers the AMG GLE 53 and has been tuned to deliver the same 435 horsepower and 520 Newton metres of peak torque. Its EQ Boost starter-alternator provides an instantaneous boost of 21 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque while also powering the 48 V onboard electrical system. The engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system with fully variable torque distribution.
Mercedes-AMG offers the E 63 S 4Matic+ performance sedan with a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. The top-of-the-line S is the only variant available in India, and it is tuned to produce 607 bhp and a whopping 850 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which provides the car with enough punch to reach triple digits in 3.4 seconds and compete with the BMW M5 Performance and Audi RS7, which are the car’s primary rivals in our market.
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