Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled the long teased Coupe and Convertible models in both regular and E53 AMG forms.
There are four new paint colors too, named Cirrus Silver Metallic, Graphite Grey Metallic, Mojave Silver Metallic and designo Patagonia Red Metallic. The wheel line-up has also been expanded and now includes aerodynamic wheels that are claimed to improve fuel efficiency. The optional AMG Carbon Fiber package, meanwhile, adds carbon fiber mirrors, a carbon fiber lip spoiler, and a carbon fiber trunk lid.
And buyers looking for something a bit more sinister can option the AMG Night Package, which adds blacked-out mirror housings and trim elements, as well as black chrome exhaust tips.
Inside, the E53 models get the latest MBUX infotainment system with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Gone is the rotary dial controller and in its place is a more modern touchpad instead. An available Driver Assistance Package includes adaptive cruise control that reduces the speed for curves, roundabouts, and toll booths; traffic sign recognition that will adjust the cruise control speed; active lane control; automatic lane changes; and passenger exit warnings for oncoming cars or bikes.
The E450 models will come standard with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless device charging, 64-color ambient lighting, heated front seats, memory for the front seats, a Burmester sound system, a panoramic sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.
Specific to the AMG models are standard MB-Tex faux leather seats with red stitching, but buyers can still option genuine Nappa leather buckets. The latter is available in a new black and Titanium Pearl color combo.
Really, the only thing that doesn’t change on the AMG E53 models is the powertrain; the Coupe and Cabriolet still get the same turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine good for 429 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 384 pound-feet (520 newton-meters). All that power routes through a nine-speed gearbox and travels to each wheel via the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
A key differentiator between the base E-Class and the E53, though, is the availability of a “Sport Plus” driving mode. Sport Plus improves acceleration and shift times, and it’s one of five drive modes available on the E53, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, and Individual. The AMG E53 models also come standard with an AMG Ride Control Plus air suspension system, adjustable in three different modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.
Prices for the 2021 E450 and E53 coupe and convertible models will be available closer to their on-sale date.