2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan Adds Upgraded Looks, Keeps Mild Hybrid Inline-Six Engine
Mercedes’ (arguably) most interesting AMG model gets some minor changes.
As part of Mercedes-Benz's nip/tuck of its venerable E-Class family, the entry-level AMG E-Class—the E53—gets some love in the form of exterior and interior aesthetic upgrades for the 2021 model year. Changes are mostly minor, so if you liked the previous version, this revised model should be right up your alley.
Visually, the E53 now incorporates the Panamericana-style front grille that's proliferated across almost the entire AMG family tree, first debuting on the AMG GT C a few years back. Redesigned headlights sandwich the new grille, complemented by a new rear bumper and redesigned taillights. Nineteen-inch five-spoke wheels are standard, but optional 20-inch wheels add more aggression and visual bling, as do three new paint colors—Graphite Grey Metallic, Mojave Silver, and Cirrus Silver—shared with the regular 2021 E-Class.
Inside, a new split-spoke AMG steering wheel is new, as are MBUX touch controls on the center console for the dual 12.3-inch gauge-and-infotainment cluster. The previous interior trim and upholstery returns in the new car, though a new gray/black two-tone option is available.
Don't worry, the same alluring 3.0-liter mild-hybrid turbocharged inline-six stays as well, routing 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque to all-four-wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Short bursts of an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft are on-tap from the EQ Boost hybrid system sandwiched between the engine and transmission. Performance remains strong, with 0-60 mph handled in 4.4 seconds.
Like the rest of the 2021 E-Class variants, Mercedes will announce pricing closer to the car's arrival at dealers late this year.