On Wednesday, Mercedes unveiled the refreshed 2021 AMG E63 S sedan and wagon with an updated design and easier-to-use technology, but no extra power.
As expected, the E63 S gets a slightly different fascia compared to the new E53, boasting larger side vents with a narrow third vent running lengthwise between the grille and lower vent. At the back, the E63 S gets a more pronounced lip spoiler, with quad trapezoid exhaust outlets instead of the E53’s ovals.
The E63 lineup receives extensive visual tweaks, including rounder LED headlights, a new bumper, and the AMG Panamericana grille with a wider lower opening. At the rear, the cars get new bumpers and CLA-like two-piece taillights that droop on the sides. The AMG-specific quad square exhaust outlets return.
Inside, the the E63 models adopt the Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. It uses the same wall of screens on the dashboard—a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster next to a 12.3-inch infotainment screen under one piece of glass—but now the infotainment screen has touch controls and responds to natural language programming activated by simply saying, “Hey Mercedes.” It also comes with a touchpad on the center console and steering wheel controls, and its navigation system offers augmented reality that includes arrows and addresses imposed over a camera view on the screen.
Under the skin, mechanicals carry over from the previous year. That shouldn’t be the least bit disappointing, however, since the E63 S packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. It develops 603 horsepower (450 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) of torque for either the sedan or the wagon. AMG’s Speedshift nine-speed DCT doles out power to all four wheels, with AMG giving the sedan an estimated 0-60 mph time of just 3.3 seconds. The wagon is ever-so-slightly slower at 3.4 seconds for the same sprint.
A 9-speed automatic transmission features five modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Eco. An M manual mode and steering wheel-mounted aluminum shift paddles let drivers choose the gears themselves. All E63 S models have all-wheel drive and a limited-slip rear differential, though a Drift mode for the all-wheel-drive system allows its electronically controlled clutch to decouple when the car is in Race mode to become a rear-wheel-drive monster.
Every AMG E63 S will come standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Buyers will also be able to choose adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and an automatic parking system.
Mercedes didn’t say how much the 2021 E63 S sedan or wagon will cost when they go on sale late this year.
Source: Motor Authority