Stuttgart - Mercedes-Benz has announced some mild revisions to its E-Class sedan range, including new driver assistance gadgets and the addition of an E53 AMG derivative.

While ‘53’ AMG versions of the E-Class two-door models and the CLS were announced in January, this is the first time we see this advanced new engine and technology package joining the sedan and estate range.

As per its CLS sibling, the E53 is powered by the most powerful version of Merc’s new 3-litre straight-six engine, which produces 320kW and 520Nm, while an additional 16kW and 250Nm can be fed to the drivetrain in short spurts by the ‘EQ Boost’ starter-alternator that’s positioned between the engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox. This also feeds a 48 volt electric system, which in turn provides power to an electric auxiliary compressor that supplements the conventional turbocharger to enable quicker, lag-free pull-offs. 

Power goes to all four wheels through a fully variable 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system that allows a seamless transition between rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive. 

In addition to a bespoke AMG exterior styling kit, the E53 can also be told apart by a pair of power bulges on the bonnet, while bespoke interior items include an AMG Performance steering wheel, sports seats with AMG-specific upholstery, red seat belts and carbon fibre trim.

In addition, the E-Class sedan range is now available with the Driving Assistance Package as per the latest S-Class, and featuring Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist.

The E-Class also inherits the latest generation telematics systems, while stylistic changes include a new steering wheel design, new centre console trim options and the option of a ‘SportStyle’ exterior and interior styling package.

South African specification changes will be announced in due course.

IOL Motoring