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2018 Mercedes-AMG E53. Photo: Supplied
 
 
Dom Tripolone | May, 01 2018 | 0 Comments

Mercedes-Benz's E-Class is getting smarter. 

The German brand has announced that the new model year update for its executive sedan will feature a range of smart driving features from the range-topping S-Class. 

Two semi-autonomous driver assistance systems added are the Active Distance Assist and Active Steering Assist which keeps the vehicle a safe distance from surrounding vehicles, maintains the speed and automatically slows down for bends and road junctions and speeds up again.

Headlining the model year update is the addition of the AMG E53 that utilises a new inline six-cylinder engine. 

The 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine features an electric compressor that delivers 320kW and 520Nm and is matched to a nine-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.  

Additionally the E53 features a mild hybrid system in the form of an electric starter motor and alternator. This integrated system initially provides a boost of 16kW and 250Nm while also providing power for the 48V electrical system and recovers energy during braking to allow the car to run in 'glide' mode, with the end result being slightly lower fuel use and emissions. 

The E53 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 250km/h.

Mercedes-Benz has improved the ride of the E53 with the addition of the brand's air suspension and continuously adaptive dampers which can also be preselected in three driving modes. 

Styling touches include 20-inch AMG alloy-wheels, two power bulges in the bonnet, twin tailpipes with chrome elements and a new rear diffuser.

Local specifications and prices will be revealed closer to an Australian launch date. 

 
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