A spy photographer was filming 2024 Mercedes-AMG E53and the presence of a charging port suggests it will be a plug-in hybrid.
At this stage, Mercedes-Benz is expected to reveal the next generation E-Class range this year as a 2024 model.
While Australia will likely get the next-generation E53 in sedan guise, the wagon seems less likely. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class range is the only sedan Down Under, and the outgoing E-Class has lost its wagon options in 2021.
This appears to be the E53 based on quad exhaust outlets, bigger brakes, sportier tires and lower suspension than the previously spied E-Class prototype.
Peer closer and Mercedes-AMG’s trademark Panamericana grille appear to be present, while the headlights are larger and more angular than the current E-Class although the overall styling is quite evolutionary.
There are also larger front air intakes.
The E-Class bears a strong resemblance to the C-Class and S-Class and, although the interior is rumored to resemble the C-Class and S-Class with their portrait-oriented touchscreens, the picture that displays is landscape-oriented. the system has leaked.
A charging port appears on the left rear fender, indicating plug-in hybrid power.
While previous reports suggested the next E63 would use a four-cylinder PHEV powertrain like the C63 SE Performance, Autocar has reported it will receive a reworked version of Mercedes-Benz’s longitudinally mounted inline-six petrol engine, with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle.
The E53 will reportedly receive a less powerful version of this setup, with Autocar suggests it will use “essentially” the same powertrain as the S580e, which is not offered in Australia.
It produces a total system output of 380kW and 750Nm, which is 60kW and 230Nm more than the outgoing E53.
Mercedes-AMG is reportedly targeting a power output of 522kW and 1020Nm of torque for the E63, up 72kW and 170Nm on the outgoing twin-turbo V8 model.
Mercedes-Benz sold 347 E-Class sedans in Australia last year, compared to 201 coupe and convertible models.
In 2021 Mercedes-Benz sold 1247 vehicles from the E-Class range while last year’s figure dropped to just 548 deliveries.
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