Mercedes-AMG E 53 Spied Preview of Future PHEV Sport Sedan

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The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class will go on sale next year, and that means a new AMG variant. This spy shot caught the E 53 on the road near the Nürburgring.

This E 53 wears a lot of camouflage, but there are a few elements to note. This one has an egg crate grille, and the design is usually how Mercedes hides the Panamericana grille on AMG products in development. This sedan uses multi-spoke wheels in black. A large brake disc is visible behind it. At the rear, a pair of circular exhausts emerge from a tear in the bumper.

While it’s hard to see here, the new AMG 53 model is reportedly adopting a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, much like the recently revealed Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance. Expect the combustion section to be the brand’s version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This setup makes 671 horsepower (500 kilowatts) in the C 63, so the figure is likely slightly lower for the 53.

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Performance The C 63 SE uses a nine-speed automatic transmission with a wet clutch package instead of a torque converter. The setup allegedly provides better response than the normal automatic gearbox but with improved low-speed refinement over the dual-clutch layout.

We only got a glimpse into the new E-Class from a spy shot. From what little looks like, it looks like what’s inside the latest C-Class by having a tilted tablet-style infotainment display in the middle stack.

In May, Mercedes introduced the E 63 S Final Edition as a farewell to the existing model. They exclusively come in a matte-finished Graphite Gray Magno on the outside. The 20-inch forged wheels have a glossy black look. It comes with the AMG Night Package which adds black trim to the body.

Inside, the Final Edition comes with the High-End AMG Performance Seat Package package which adds Nappa leather in a mix of pearl gray titanium and black upholstery. A plaque on the center console states this car’s number from the 999 production units run.

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The engine for the special edition has not changed. The M177 twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 pumps out 604 horsepower (450 kilowatts), and power is sent to both axles.