The new E43 benefits from AMG’s mild hybrid tech that first debuted on the new CLS.
Mercedes-AMG has discontinued the E43 saloon and replaced it with the new E53. The E43 went on sale a few years ago and was positioned as an affordable, friendlier alternative to the E63.
However, the lower-spec E-Class super saloon now gets enhanced mechanicals and benefits from the same technology that was recently introduced in the all-new CLS53. At its heart lies a new electrified 3.0-litre engine featuring twin-turbocharging. This 6-cylinder, inline motor generates 429bhp and delivers maximum torque of 520Nm. For comparison, the E43 had a 3.0-litre V6 with 390bhp and the same torque output.
The bigger news is the addition of Merc’s EQ Boost starter-alternator that momentarily provides an additional output of ~21.45bhp plus 250Nm of torque and, furthermore, feeds the 48V on-board electrical system. However, the EQ Boost tech cannot power the car on its own. Other technical highlights include 9-speed automatic transmission and the fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system.
Aesthetically, distinguishing features, which are common to all 53-series AMG models, comprise twin-blade radiator grille, front apron in A-wing design, AMG-specific side sill panels, rear apron with diffuser insert and the round exhaust tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome.
We don't know if E53 will make it to India because its predecessor wasn’t sold here in the first place. However, Merc has decided to launch the full-fat E63 S in India very soon. You can read all about it here.