Mercedes-AMG introduced the E43 model only a couple of years ago and now it’s getting ready to retire to make room for the electrified E53 family. It made its debut at the beginning of the year during the Detroit Auto Show in Coupe and Cabriolet styles before the reveal of the more practical sedan and wagon flavors last month.
Now, Mercedes announces that the E53 Sedan will be going on sale in the U.S. towards the end of the year as a 2019MY to replace the E43 Sedan and it will come along with the fancier two-door E53 models. It’s not just a name change as the new cars carrying a higher number live up to the badge by packing more punch. The new inline-six biturbo 3.0-liter engine pushes out 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet whereas the old models offered 396 hp and 384 lb-ft from a v6 that had the displacement as its successor.
Mercedes isn’t ready to disclose pricing details, but we shouldn’t expect any big changes over the outgoing $71,600 E43 Sedan. If you want the exact same powertrain in a more stylish body, the CLS 53 is the car you need. It will arrive sometime this fall.