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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 is one mean-looking hybrid

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 is one mean-looking hybrid

The latter suggests the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 will feature an all-wheel drive system similar to what the E63 models have, but that's not really a surprise considering the CLS is essentially a more agile and upscale E-Class.

The 3-litre inline six is part of a new modular series of Mercedes engines that aim to cut costs by sharing parts and improving packaging to allow for hybridisation and more widespread introduction of 48V systems such as the one used here. 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. It charges via an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust that helps scoot the AMG CLS 53 from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 4.4 seconds says Mercedes.

Up until now, Mercedes AMG models usually had the displacement advantage over their BMW and Audi rivals. The E 53 4MATIC Coupe manages the sprint in 4.4 seconds, just 0.1 seconds quicker than the Cabriolet.

The EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in an electric motor that is fitted between the six-cylinder in-line engine and transmission.

The new 53 Series will use a mild hybrid configuration with a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder unit complemented by a 48V electric system, producing 429bhp.

"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". Drivers can choose from one of five Dynamic Select modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ or the programmable Individual setting.

19-inch light-alloy wheels are standard, though 20-inch wheels are an option.

The E53 coupe and cabriolet get a lot more color choices for their interiors than the previous E43 models. Inside all the vehicles is the "glass cockpit" we've seen in so many other Mercedes-Benz vehicles, with two 12.3-inch LCD displays behind a single wide-screen sheet of glass.

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. The first models to arrive will be Edition 1 models, which come with unique interior treatments, numerous details in a copper color, and black nappa leather with copper contrasting stitching.

Heralding the "53" series, the new CLS derivative will sit on top of the range as the "63" is not coming back for a new generation.

Standard tech doodads for the AMG CLS53 include Active Braking Assist, Attention Assist, and Pre Safe protection.

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.

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