Mercedes-Benz has given its midsize E-Class model a thorough working over in many areas, with quite a few items once seen on the very expensive S-Class now fitted to its smaller brother. There’s also a Sport Edition package that’ only offered in limited numbers, more about it in a moment.

A new design turbo-diesel inline-six engine in the E 350 d lifts power from 190kW to 210kW.

The petrol-powered six-cylinder E 450 4MATIC models now have 270kW and 500Nm, up 25kW and 20Nm on the previous series.

All models in the range will now be fitted with Driver Assistance Package PLUS, which includes enhanced Traffic Sign Assist, which can adapt when interacting with Active Distance Assist, DISTRONIC and SPEEDTRONIC functions.

A revised steering wheel with touch controls is now standard across the range.

Adaptive Highbeam Assist is now standard on E 200 and E 220 d Saloons.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, C238, 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, C238, 2018

The ENERGIZING Comfort Control function that made its debut on the S-Class is now standard on the Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe/Cabriolet models, and optional on a number of other variants.

The aforementioned Sport Edition package is offered on the E 200 and 220 d Saloon models for an additional: $10,500 MRLP. Major features include a panoramic sunroof, head-up display (HUD), a quality Burmester sound system, AMG body styling, 20-inch AMG alloys, leather upholstery, heated front seats and metallic paint.

Joining the E-Class range for the first time is the performance-focused Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ range. It is offered in saloon, coupe and cabriolet bodies and features a highly tuned 3.0-litre, inline six-cylinder petrol engine that combines with an EQ Boost starter-generator to send 320kW and 520Nm to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

It has a switchable AMG Performance exhaust system is also standard for all variants.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, C238, 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, C238, 2018

Standard across the AMG E 53 range is a Burmester surround sound system, nappa leather upholstery, front sports seats and sports steering wheel. The AMG exterior styling including a spoiler lip on the boot lid. A panoramic glass sunroof is fitted to Saloon and Coupe.

The Cabriolet receives an acoustic soft-top, AIRCAP automatic draught stop, and AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the front seats.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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