The faster and the fastest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been launched. The Mercedes-AMG E 63S gets launched as a facelift version, while the Mercedes-AMG E 53 makes its India debut.
While the Mercedes-AMG E 63S has been launched as a facelift version in India, the Mercedes-AMG E 53 has made its India debut. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63S has been launched for Rs 1.7 crore (ex-showroom). The debutant Mercedes-AMG E 53 demands Rs 1.02 crore (ex-showroom). Mercedes-Benz is also offering a service package for both cars. The service packages start at Rs 1.19 lakh for the E 53 and at Rs 1.35 lakh for the E 63S.
The cosmetic updates for the 2021 E 63S include a more imposing grille with vertical slats, with the Mercedes-Benz’s three-pointer at the centre. The exterior gets more AMG-specific bits over the standard E-Class, which include more aggressively designed bumpers on both ends, larger alloy wheels, reshaped apron – to enhance aerodynamics – and a restyle rear-end.
Similar design elements can be noticed on the E 53 as well; however, there are subtle changes that differentiate between the two. Both the E 63S and E 53 get Mercedes’ two-screen layout on the dashboard. One for the infotainment, and the other for the instrumentation. The multimedia system will feature the brand’s MBUX system with the most recent updates.
One of the biggest differences between the E 63S and the E 53 is the engine with which they are offered. The Mercedes-AMG E 63S gets the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine as the predecessor. The power is rated 603bhp and 850Nm, which is forwarded to all the four wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox coupled with Mercedes’ 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system.
A 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine, mated to a 48V mild-hybrid system, powers the E 53. The EQ BOOST adds 21.5bhp and 250Nm to the overall power output of 435bhp and 520Nm. The E 53 also gets the same nine-speed automatic gearbox, which is mated to a 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system.
The specs and pricing position the E 63S alongside the recently launched BMW M5 Competition, which costs Rs 1.62 crore (ex-showroom). The Mercedes-AMG E 53 sits in a segment of its own, as there are no other cars to challenge it at the moment.