The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Sedan Packs a 429-HP Inline-Six

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For the past few years, the Mercedes-AMG E 43 has been the car you buy when the regular E 300 won’t do and the E 63 S is a little too much. With a twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, and a quick-shifting nine-speed transmission, the E 43 offered more performance than most people would use, as well as surprisingly agile handling. But soon, the E 43 will be phased out in favor of a new model: the Mercedes-AMG E 53.

Mercedes already showed off the E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet at the Detroit auto show, but now it’s giving the sedan the same AMG-lite treatment. Inside, it’s still your typical E-Class cabin, but Mercedes did update some of the E 53’s exterior styling. The hood, for example, gets two power bulges, and around back, the bumper and diffuser have been restyled.

As the name suggests, the biggest changes are under the hood. Like the CLS 53, the E 53’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six is good for 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A 48-volt mild-hybrid system can supplement the engine’s power thanks to an electric motor that makes 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes also added an electric auxiliary compressor that works with the exhaust-driven turbocharger to minimize turbo lag.

A nine-speed AMG transmission still sends power to all four wheels, and according to Mercedes’ estimates, the E 53 sedan hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. That’s only slightly quicker than the current E 43, although fuel economy should also improve. Mercedes expects the coupe version to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, with the cabriolet matching the sedan’s time. All three top out at an electronically limited 130 mph. Optional 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels are available, with 14.2-inch brake discs included on all four corners.

Pricing isn’t available at the moment, but Mercedes says the E 53 sedan will go on sale in the U.S. toward the end of this year.

Source: Mercedes

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By now, you’ve probably heard Ford is axing most of its cars here in the U.S. in favor of SUVs and trucks. Ford will offer a Focus Activ crossover hatchback, but the Mustang is the only true traditional car that will survive. Now the automaker is focused on capitalizing on the Mustang’s brand value by introducing an electric SUV that will borrow styling cues from the pony car. And while Ford hasn’t released many details on this vehicle, Autocar may have unearthed a few nuggets of information about the model’s underpinnings.

According to Autocar, the crossover will sit on Ford’s C2 platform that underpins the new Focus. Because it’s based on the front-wheel-drive C2 platform, it’s likely the new model will be hatchback-like with a slightly raised driving position, the U.K. publication says. Autocar does not cite sources for its info, so take this report with a grain of salt.

It’s unclear exactly what Ford will call this new model, but it teased the name Mach 1 at the Detroit auto show back in January. For now, its codename is CX430 and it is a globally engineered model. The crossover will debut next year, Autocar says. Ford hasn’t announced powertrain specs, but the model is being dubbed a performance SUV. Expect range to exceed 300 miles on a single charge.

The new vehicle is part of Ford’s plan to introduce 16 battery-electric vehicles by 2022. Eventually, Ford will have hybrids or plug-in versions of just about every vehicle in its lineup. By 2021, Ford hopes to be the number one producer of hybrids.

Source: Autocar

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