Mercedes-Benz is putting the old E43 out to pasture, and its 3.0-liter biturbo V6 as well.
Back in January, we covered news of the revised CLS 53, E 53 coupe and E 53 cabriolet. Now, Mercedes-Benz has added the new E 53 sedan to the lineup. Slated to replace the E 43, the new sedan will be available later this year as a 2019 model. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E 53 also loses the biturbo V6 engine. Instead, Mercedes is fitting a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine.
While the engine configuration may change, don’t think that means the E 53 will be hurting for power. Far from it, in fact, as the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E 53 gets a horsepower boost – up to 429 from 396 in the outgoing E 43. However, torque remains the same, at 384 lb-ft. That power is still sent to all four-wheels – specifically, AMG’s Performance 4MATIC+ system – through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The E 53 also features “EQ Boost”, Mercedes’ 48 volt mild hybrid system. EQ Boost also adds brief bursts of 21 additional horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque to help offset turbo lag.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E 53 rides atop AMG-tuned air suspension and sprints from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. That’s 0.1 seconds faster than the E 43’s time. However, the top speed is still electronically limited to 130 mph, just as it was before.
Mercedes hasn’t announced pricing for the new E 53 yet, but we’re expecting to hear more closer to launch. We’d also expect the E 53 to cost at least more than its predecessor, at least marginally. Check back to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more Mercedes news, views, and real-world reviews.
In memory of the outgoing model, check out our video below where we pitch the E 43 sedan against the C 43 coupe: