2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53: New addition to mental-Merc line-up

Posted on Jan 20, 2018 by

’s swoopy saloon gets a new AMG variant: say hello to the -AMG CLS 53 and it’s coming to the Middle East soon!

2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

Mercedes-AMG seems to have taken upon itself to add further confusion to the already contrived automotive nomenclature that’s prevalent in the motoring world these days. Meet the 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 and it is the latest addition to the AMG line-up, which thus far included 43, 45, 63, 63 S and 65 models. In essence, it’s a sleeker, coupe-ish, mildly hot version of the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon.

This being an AMG creation, the first question obviously turns to the engine and power and the CLS 53 doesn’t disappoint, even though it’s not exactly soul stirring. Under the bonnet is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six engine developing 429 horsepower and 520Nm of torque. The grunt is chanelled to all four corners via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The end result is a mildly exciting 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds.

2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

There are some intelligent additions that add to the appeal of the newcomer. For instance, the engine employs electronic wizardry that kind of works like the ‘Torque Fill’ feature in the McLaren P1 hypercar. So, a starter-alternator motor provides the power and torque to compensate for the void created by turbo lag. Dubbed ‘EQ Boost’ the system makes 21 horsepower and 250Nm of torque to achieve this.

2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

To appeal to the keen driver, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 comes with a clever all-wheels drive system that in regular operation sends the power to the rear wheels and engages the front axle only in times of need. The car also gets air suspension and comes standard with 19-inch wheels, with an option to upgrade to larger 20-inchers at a price. Fuel economy is quoted at a marvelous 7.0 litres per 100km, but we feel that would only be achievable if you drive around everywhere like a comatose librarian.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 also gets a new, albeit subtle, body kit that differentiates it from its non-AMG stablemate.

Middle East price and launch dates are yet to be announced, but we expect the new CLS 53 to arrive sometime in the second quarter of 2018, priced slightly over similarly specced E-Class saloon.

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