Fresh, sporty, and extensively updated: The new Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+

Mercedes-AMG has performed extensive measures to make the E 53 4MATIC+ Sedan and Wagon even more attractive. The AMG-specific radiator grille with its A-shaped contour, the completely restyled front apron and the new rear apron featuring two-piece tail lights and new diffuser insert enhance the new E 53 models and give them an even more distinct positioning. The interior benefits from sporty appointments, larger displays, the new AMG Performance steering wheel, and AMG-specific MBUX functions. The electrified 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine delivers 439 hp and produces 384 lb-ft of torque. Its EQ Boost starter-alternator briefly provides an additional power output of 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Together with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system, the new E 53 4MATIC+ combines agile driving dynamics with long-distance comfort.

"Our new E 53 4MATIC+ Sedan and Wagon are now extensively enhanced. The visual update offers our customers real added value, which is impressively underscored by our hallmark AMG grille. With the electrified 3.0-litre engine, we have retained the proven drivetrain. The revised suspension now offers even more of a range between long-distance comfort and precise dynamism", says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The new features at a glance:

  • Restyled front section with AMG-specific radiator grille and flat LED headlamps
  • Front apron in A-wing design with five vertical struts in the centre section
  • Two-piece all-LED tail lights on the Sedan and interior design of the tail lights on the Wagon adapted accordingly
  • Revised rear apron on the Sedan and new diffuser insert on Sedan and Wagon
  • 19-inch light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimized 5-twin-spoke design for the first time
  • 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design also aerodynamically optimized
  • Extended range of paint colours with graphite grey metallic, mojave silver metallic, and high-tech silver metallic
  • MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions, instrument cluster displays, and media display (touchscreen), intuitive voice control, and optional MBUX Interior Assist
  • New AMG Performance steering wheel with three rounded twin spokes, seamlessly integrated buttons, and two  optionally available round AMG DRIVE UNIT steering wheel buttons
  • Silver grey/pearl nappa leather with red contrasting topstitching as optional upholstery offering

Restyled, expressive exterior

The exterior of the E 53 4MATIC+ is considerably more expressive, and even more strongly identifies the new model as a member of the Mercedes-AMG family. A hood featuring two distinct power domes, a new front splitter in silver chrome, large outer air inlets with cross louvres, and flics in high-gloss black not only improve aerodynamics, but also enhance the vehicle’s visual appeal.

Round twin tailpipe trim elements, which are available in high-gloss chrome or high-gloss black (as part of the Night Package) and two-piece all-LED tail lights (on the Sedan) add sporty dynamism to the rear.

The dynamic appearance is rounded off by restyled 19-inch light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimized 5-twin-spoke design. Aerodynamically optimized 20-inch light-alloy wheels featuring a wider rim edge, and painted in a choice of matte black or high-gloss titanium grey are available as an option.

With the optional AMG Night Package, the new E 53 models can take on an even sportier appearance. The front splitter, mirror caps, disc frame, longitudinal member inserts, trim strip in the rear apron and tailpipe trim elements are styled in high-gloss black here.

Interior with innovative MBUX infotainment system

The interior of the new E 53 4MATIC+ Sedan and Wagon feature AMG-specific appointments, luxurious materials and the latest-generation MBUX infotainment system.

Visually, the two displays for the instrument cluster and multimedia displays blend beneath a shared glass cover to form the Widescreen Cockpit. Customers can choose between the three AMG display styles of "Modern Classic", "Sport" and "Supersport" for the instrument cluster. "Supersport" mode is particularly striking, and features a central, round rev counter and additional information presented in the form of bars to the left. Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special displays such as Engine Data, gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-up, G-Meter and RACETIMER.

The virtual race engineer, AMG TRACK PACE, is available as an option. The software is part of the MBUX infotainment system, and continuously monitors more than 80 vehicle-specific sets of data in real time (e.g. speed, acceleration) when navigating a race circuit. In addition, AMG TRACK PACE displays lap and sector times, as well as the respective difference from a reference time. When paired with AMG TRACK PACE, the MBUX Augmented Reality function will display the ideal race line of a stored track, allowing the driver to improve lap times with a virtual instructor on board.

New AMG Performance steering wheel as standard

With a fresh design and seamlessly integrated buttons, the new AMG Performance steering wheel creates an even closer link between human and machine. The three rounded twin spokes combine stability with lightness, and the steering wheel rim is a hallmark motorsport feature. The cover is available in leather; in DINAMICA microfibre or as a combination of leather and microfibre – with standard steering wheel heating.

The steering wheel rim has within it a capacitive sensor mat to recognize "hands-on". If the system detects that the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain time, a warning is initiated, which finally activates Emergency Brake Assist if the driver continues to be inactive.

The capacitive switches which are seamlessly integrated into the surfaces of the horizontal twin spokes are new and sport a very elegant look. Haptic sensing aids in the area of the symbols make control easier. The instrument cluster can be operated via the left-hand sensor on the upper steering wheel spokes, whereas the media display can be controlled via the right-hand sensor surface.

The lower spokes contain the controls for the cruise control/DISTRONIC (left) and telephone/hands-free system/volume control (right). The optional AMG DRIVE UNIT steering wheel buttons for actuating the drive programs include even more brilliant displays and are now both round.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission can be manually operated via the metal shift paddles located on the left and right hand sides behind the steering wheel rim. The restyled paddles are ergonomically adapted to the new AMG Performance steering wheel, slightly larger than previous, and positioned further down.

Six-cylinder in-line engine with EQ Boost starter-alternator

The 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine of the E 53 models is characterized by top performance and intelligent electrification. Fitted between the engine and transmission, the EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor. It is not only used as an electric alternator, but it also performs hybrid functions. These include boost with 21 hp of output and 184 lb-ft of torque, recuperation, shifting of the load point, gliding mode, and the virtually imperceptible restarting of the engine through the start/stop function.

This innovation, in combination with the intelligent charging via an electric additional compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger, all enhance the hallmark AMG performance and driving dynamics, whilst reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The starter-alternator provides support with its boost when ‘moving off’, and the additional electric compressor builds up a high charge pressure without any delay, for a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large exhaust gas turbocharger is deployed. As a result, the 3.0-litre engine reacts spontaneously, and provides a highly dynamic response without turbo lag.

Agile AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission

Coupled with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, the new 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine impresses with extremely short shift times, fast response to shift paddle commands, a double-declutching function, and multiple downshifts. Whether automatic or manually controlled by the driver using the steering wheel shift paddles, upshifts or downshifts are implemented instantly. Especially in the "Sport+" drive program and in manual mode, the transmission is very responsive.

Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs of "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+" and "Individual", the characteristics of the new 53-series models can be adjusted by the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. The various modes modify key parameters like engine response, transmission, suspension, and steering. Independent of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of switching to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed the steering wheel shift paddles. The suspension set-ups can also be specifically selected as needed.

The AMG DYNAMICS vehicle dynamics control is integrated into the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program. In the "Basic", "Advanced" and "Pro" levels, it influences the control strategies of the ESP ® (Electronic Stability Program) or the all-wheel drive. The intelligent pilot control anticipates the desired vehicle behaviour based on the driver's actions and the sensor data. The spectrum ranges from extremely stable to highly dynamic. AMG DYNAMICS functions can also be individually selected via the AMG steering wheel buttons.

Independent AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension

More agility, neutral cornering performance, and greater traction come courtesy of the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension. Developed in Affalterbach, the multi-chamber air suspension with a particularly sporty spring/damper set-up and continuously adjustable damping ADS+ (Adaptive Damping System), combines outstanding driving dynamics with high ride comfort. For example, a harder spring rate, when cornering and braking, effectively reduces body roll.

The damping at each wheel is adjusted to suit the current road conditions and driving situations. This is done rapidly and precisely, using two separate valves for the rebound and compression forces in the dampers. The damping characteristics can also be preselected in three modes, "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+", allowing a significantly more noticeable difference between excellent long-distance comfort and sporty, dynamic driving.

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive featured in the E 53 4MATIC+ combines optimal traction for dynamic driving fun with a high level of driving safety in all conditions: in the dry, in the wet or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, as the intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.

Technical data at a glance


Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Sedan

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+


3.0-litre 6-cylinder inline engine with exhaust gas turbocharger and electric additional compressor

3.0-litre 6-cylinder inline engine with exhaust gas turbocharger and electric additional compressor


2999 cc

2999 cc


429 hp at 6,100 rpm

429 hp at 6,100 rpm

Add. output with EQ Boost

21 hp

21 hp

Peak torque

384 lb-ft at 1,800 – 5,800 rpm

384 lb-ft at 1,800 – 5,800 rpm

Add. torque with EQ Boost

184 lb-ft

184 lb-ft


AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution




Acceleration 0-100 km/h

4.5 s

4.6 s

Top speed

210 km/h (250 km/h with ADP)*

210 km/h (250 km/h with ADP)*

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*electronically limited

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