2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Series First Look | Edmunds

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Series First Look

A Performance-Focused Hybrid for the Masses

Mercedes-Benz unveiled an all-new line of AMG drivetrains at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The AMG CLS 53 Series will debut in the CLS-Class, E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet models sometime near the end of 2018, with the promise of strong performance and fuel efficiency.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

The main source of power comes from a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that produces 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It is supplemented by an EQ boost starter-alternator situated between the engine and transmission, giving a brief boost of 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque upon initial acceleration. Under deceleration, it charges the onboard 48-volt electrical system. Electricity from this system also powers an electric compressor that spins up until the exhaust turbocharger takes over. Considering the dominant AMG Petronas Formula 1 program and the related Project One hypercar, there's no doubt where the inspiration for this drivetrain came from.

Connected to the powerplant is a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels using AMG's performance-focused variable 4Matic system. Mercedes-Benz claims the AMG CLS 53 will reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, which trails the current AMG CLS 63 S by almost a full second.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Cabriolet

Exterior styling treatments will differentiate the AMG 53 models from the regular Mercedes-Benz vehicles with a twin-blade grille and numerous body enhancements that include an A-wing front bumper, side sill panels, a rear bumper with a diffuser insert, and round tailpipes in bright chrome. Underneath that sporty skin will be an available air suspension with adaptive dampers. Inside, these new AMG models will adopt the current design that emphasizes the striking glass display made up of two 12.3-inch screens. Also available will be Mercedes' Energizing Comfort Control that adjusts the climate control, seats, lighting and audio to fit your particular mood. Likewise, a complete suite of advanced safety features with adaptive cruise control, steering assist and braking can be added.

Keep checking back with Edmunds for more information and driving impressions as we approach the late 2018 launch date.

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