2018 Detroit Auto Show: Mercedes-AMG 53 range image

The German automaker has used the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to debut a completely new range of electrified AMG models – the CLS53 sedan, E53 Coupe and E 53 Cabriolet.

They’re all joining the AMG band late this year, and come to support the company’s electrification plans – let’s remember that in Detroit Mercedes has also introduced the all-new generation CLS, one of its technical highlights being a new mild hybrid powertrain. In that setup, a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine was mated to an “EQ Boost” system, running on a 48-volt electrical system and delivering additional boost and improved efficiency. Now the AMG 53 range is building upon that – making use of the same ICE 3.0-liter inline-six, with additional turbo oomph to deliver more power from the start. In the CLS53, the new setup comes with 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, plus another 21 hp and 184 lb-ft from the electric motor. That would deliver happy acceleration of 4.4 seconds to 60 mph.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Cabriolet, A238, 2018

Meanwhile, for the E coupe and convertible, it’s the first time Mercedes has given them the full-on AMG treatment, arriving with the exact same setup as the CLS sedan. All of the aforementioned AMG 53 models will be paired to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and make use of the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system, which can even run in full RWD mode, though on this occasion the Drift setting has been axed. AMG 53 models also arrive with lots of driving assistance systems from the S Class – Active Braking Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, adaptive cruise control, and others, along with an air suspension, and certain distinctive design elements. For example there are new front bumpers, a silver twin-blade radiator along with dual round tailpipes at the back.