2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class announced in Australia, E 53 AMG added

Following similar announcements overseas last month, a range of updates for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class have now been confirmed for Australia. Local buyers can welcome the arrival of the E 53 AMG performance model.

Five main variant levels are being presented, spanning from the E 200, E 220 d, E 350 e, E 350 d, to the top E 450 4Matic. Then there’s the E 53, E 63, and E 63 S AMG models. All variants now come standard with the Driver Assistance Package Plus, which adds traffic sign recognition, Active Distance Assist and Speedtronic. A new steering wheel is also part of the package with fresh touch controls.

For the E 350 d a new 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline six engine is being introduced, producing 210kW, up from 190kW. And for the E 450 4Matic (replaces the E 400) the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine is tweaked, so outputs are lifted from 245kW and 480Nm to 270kW and 500Nm.

Joining the range of the first time is the E 53 AMG. This is a sub-performance model to bridge the gap between the fully fledged E 63 and the E 450. It comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six that produces 320kW and 520Nm, sent through a nine-speed auto and into a 4Matic all-wheel drive system. It comes with EQ Boost technology.

Mercedes Australia is celebrating the release of the update with a limited Sport Edition pack, available for the E 200 and E 220 d sedans. It demands $10,500 over the regular price, but adds a panoramic glass sunroof, head-up display, Burmester sound system, and the AMG sport exterior trimmings with 20-inch AMG alloy wheels.

The updated model is on sale now, and some are available in sedan, coupe, cabriolet, and All-Terrain wagon form. See below for the starting prices (excludes on-road costs):

Sedan range
 Mercedes-Benz E 200  $91,900 MRLP
 Mercedes-Benz E 220 d Saloon  $94,900 MRLP
 Mercedes-Benz E 350 e Saloon  $132,500 MRLP
 Mercedes-Benz E 350 d Saloon  $135,800 MRLP
 Mercedes-Benz E 450 4MATIC Saloon  $143,829 MRLP
 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon  $167,129 MRLP
 Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ Saloon  $210,128 MRLP
 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Saloon  $239,529 MRLP
 Coupe range
 Mercedes-Benz E 220 d Coupee  $97,000 MRLP
 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupe  $111,229 MRLP
 Mercedes-Benz E 450 4MATIC Coupe  $149,228 MRLP
 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe  $172,729 MRLP
 Cabriolet range
 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Cabriolet  $124,329 MRLP
 Mercedes-Benz E 450 4MATIC Cabriolet  $160,828 MRLP
 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ Cabriolet $181,329 MRLP
 All-Terrain
 Mercedes-Benz E 220 d All-Terrain  $110,400 MRLP

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.