Mercedes-Benz E 450 gets engine update, E 43 becomes E 53

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Mercedes is making changes in the E-Class family. The E 43 is being replaced by the more powerful E 53 of 429 horsepower, up from 396. The extra output is provided by a 48 V system. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz E 450 comes to sit in the place held warm by the E 400.

The Mercedes-Benz E 450 receives a 3.0liter V6 with 362 horsepower, 33 horsepower up from the current E 400. The sedan, the wagon, the coupe and the cabriolet variants are all receiving the new power unit. The engine will also be available with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. It will arrive in dealerships across the world this fall and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.

The base E 300 keeps its output of 241 horsepower, delivered by the 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Mercedes-AMG is also replacing the company’s 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, that has been operating under the hood of the E43 with a more potent 396-horsepower inline 6-cylinder 3.0-liter twin turbo unit, able to provide the driver with 429 horsepower. The model also changes name, being known as the Mercedes-AMG E 53 starting next year.

The extra power is brought to the model by a 48-volt hybrid system and converts the sedan and all its derivates into performance cars, as they hit 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds. The V8-powered C 63 AMG of ten years ago was just as fast. The new engine may sound familiar, as the new CLS range received it as well and so did the AMG GT family.

The 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the sport exhaust system, the AMG air suspension and the 19-inch alloy wheels are standard equipment for the E 53 family.