2021 Mercedes-Benz E 53 AMG

The Chase, The Face, The Grace

Article By: Arnav Kulkarni

Mercedes too, dropped their mid-cycle refreshed mid-sized luxury sedan for the model year 2021. Boasting quite some slight changes over the previous gen E-53, a newer, more advanced safety system, styling changes, and a first timer plug-in mild hybrid powertrain option paired with the classic MB engine. This refresh is to keep the model up with the expected updates of its direct rivals; BMW M5, Audi [R]S6 and Genesis G80(international markets)

DESIGN

General Exterior

The fascia on the new E-53 hosts’ newer, sleeker headlamps with new full-LED’s as standard, a newly designed downward sloping grill with vertical slits over the covered, star-studded design on the outgoing model. The rear is updated with smaller taillights with a more distinct design to unify the design language with its younger siblings, the A-Class and the CLA. The E-53 keeps its elegant, passive-aggressive design that looks good on the harbor as well as the track. The side profile remains untouched

Interior

While the ‘design’ stays the same, a newer variety of upholstery is offered, the Infotainment gets a newer touchpad to accentuate the newer 12.3 inch MBUX central touchscreen, similar to the 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster. The interiors do offer the same, or slightly improved levels of comfort and plush escape.

SAFETY SYSTEMS

The E-53 gets the new Active Steering Assist with Hands-Off-Detection, newer 360ocamera, auto blind-spot assist, extended side mirrors and an updated highway assist where the car detects reduced human response in situations and slows the car down.

PERFORMANCE

As far as engines go, the E450 model drops its old twin-turbo V6 for Mercedes-Benz's latest turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with EQ Boost. Power remains stagnant at 362 horsepower and 500 Newton Metres of Torque as it does in the E53 AMG. With the same inline-six, the E53 AMG produces 429 horsepower and 520 Nm Torque as it did last year. The base E350 rear-wheel-drive and E350 4Matic models, meanwhile, use a turbocharged inline-four engine pumping for 255 horsepower and 370 Nm Torque. And for the first time, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets a plug-in hybrid option. Dubbed the E350e, which, to be fair, sounds kinda complicated and confusing. The electrified E-Class pairs a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with a 90-kilowatt-hour electric motor. Total output for the powertrain is 315 combined horsepower (234 kW) and 700 Nm of torque, but the electric motor on its own is capable of 121 horsepower (90 kW) and 440 Nm