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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Debuts Alongside E53 Coupe, E53 Cabriolet

Celebrating their world debuts in Detroit

Ed Tahaney
Jan 16, 2018

Mercedes-AMG debuted three models that will bear the "53" designation: a CLS sedan, E-Class coupe, and E-Class Cabriolet.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53, E53 Coupe, and E53 Cabriolet replace the 43-series models. They all share an electrified 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine that offers 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes claims an EQ Boost starter-alternator adds an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque in brief spurts.

The EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in an electric motor and is fitted between the six-cylinder inline engine and nine-speed transmission. It charges via an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger that help scoot the AMG CLS53 from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, says Mercedes.

Power for the 48-volt on-board electrical system is generated by the EQ Boost starter-alternator. The models come standard with all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution between the front and rear axle. Additionally, there are five drive modes that include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual.

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Mercedes-AMG CLS53 Gallery

New 53-series models feature a twin-blade radiator grille with a black lattice pattern, an A-wing inspired front bumper, AMG side sill panels, rear bumper with diffuser insert, and round twin tailpipe trim in chrome. The lip spoiler on the trunk is optionally available in carbon fiber.

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"With the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridized future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency," said Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG head honcho, in a statement.

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Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Gallery

The four-door CLS53 rolls on 19-inch light-alloy wheels, and 20-inch wheels are available. Interiors get model-specific, exclusive appointments.

All feature dual high-resolution displays with 12.3-inch screens that blend into a Widescreen Cockpit.

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The large display with virtual instruments can be seen in the driver's field of vision, as well as a central display above the center console. Infotainment functions can be operated via touch buttons on the steering wheel, the touchpad on the center console, and by voice control.

The sports seats get red seat belts plus trim elements in carbon fiber, and there's a new AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather for the driver.

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AMG says the new 53-series models receive more options than the preceding 43-series models. Customers can choose MB-Tex man-made leather and DINAMICA microfiber, Nappa leather, or designo interiors. There is a classic black theme with red or gray contrasting topstitching. For the AMG E53 Coupe and Cabriolet, there are now also combinations in black/saddle brown, black/white, black/classic red, designo titian red/macchiato beige, and designo titanium gray/black.

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For the AMG CLS53, there is also a choice of color combinations in macchiato beige/magma gray, black/Bengal red, and espresso brown/magma gray.

The rear seat row has also been redesigned with three full-size seats.

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Standard tech doodads for the AMG CLS53 include Active Braking Assist, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe Sound, which prepares human hearing for the anticipated sound of a collision if at risk.

An optional Driving Assistance Package offers Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Braking Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Pre-Safe Plus.

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Mercedes says an exclusive Edition 1 will be available for the AMG CLS53 in a fine copper color with leather upholstery in black Nappa and copper-colored contrasting topstitching throughout the instrument panel, steering wheel, armrests, center console, door panels, and floor mats.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG 53-series models go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.

Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet Gallery

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