Mercedes-AMG CLS53 and E53 hybrids revealed

Hot Hybrids Mercedes Launches Electrified AMG 53 Range

The new 3-litre engine's efficiency is further boosted by a 48V mild hybrid electric system that sees the engine doing away with an auxiliary belt at the front of the unit and alternator duties being taken over by Mercedes' EQ Boost starter/alternator.

There's no denying that Mercedes-AMG makes a good looking sports sedan, and the 2019 AMG CLS 53 is an excellent example of the breed. This is powered by the 48 volt electrical system, itself fed by an "EQ Boost" starter-alternator, which is positioned between the engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox, and which is capable of directly feeding the drivetrain an additional 16kW and 250Nm in short spurts.

The new CLS53, E53 coupe and E53 cabriolet are slated to arrive in American showrooms toward the end of 2018. This is continuously monitored and adjusted to ensure the best possible distribution of torque between the wheels. Additionally, there are five drive modes that include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual.

AMG says the cars will sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 4.4 seconds.

The air suspension, too, adapts to suit the prevailing conditions, but drivers can also set it into one of three modes - Comfort.

When fitted with the new engine, CLS 53 models can go from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 167mph when the Driver's Package is specified.

This is where the new 53-series gets interesting. Meanwhile, the front apron has an A-wing design, while the side sill panels and rear apron are unique, and the round exhaust tailpipe trim elements are finished in high-gloss chrome.

Interestingly, the EQ Boost is also the sole generator of electricity in the AMG 53-Series cars, meaning even the 12-volt accessory functions-audio system, windows and lights, and so on-operate through a DC/DC converter.

Mercedes AMG will debut the new 53-Series models with a special Edition 1 version of the CLS 53 4Matic+ that features exclusive details, including a special interior with details finished in a fine copper color, black nappa leather with contrasting copper stitching, ambient lighting and more. All three cars use dual 12.3-inch screens that sit under a single piece of glass to create what Mercedes calls a "Widescreen Cockpit". The look is fully customizable, with Classic, Sporty and Progressive options, and the ability to show multiple engine readouts.

Up until now, Mercedes AMG models usually had the displacement advantage over their BMW and Audi rivals. Thanks to the AMG menu, that can include the engine and transmission oil temperature, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, engine output and torque, boost, tyre temperatures and pressures, as well as the current vehicle set-up. Pricing will be confirmed closer to the 2019 AMG CLS 53's release, later in 2018. Let us know below.

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