While we wait for the official introduction of the latest-gen E-Class in long-wheelbase guise, Mercedes has unleashed the high-performance estate versions of the car for European markets.
Despite being a practical estate, the E63 AMG looks absolutely menacing thanks to the typical AMG details. For the first time on an AMG estate, the bonnet is inset between the wings and bumper like on a coupe, thus making it more streamlined. More powerful-looking and 27mm wider, the wheel arches accommodate the wider track width and the larger wheels on the front axle.
The side sill panels make the estate appear lower on the road and elongate the overall line while chrome-plated twin exhaust tailpipes complete the striking look. The hallmark AMG V8 sound has been tuned specifically for the estate model. Meanwhile, the boot capacity of 640 to 1820-litres make the new E 63 the largest in the performance estate segment.
The E63 AMG is all about the engine and for this newest estate version, Mercedes has fitted the familiar 4-litre V8 biturbo engine with twin-scroll turbochargers. Whereas the E63 S estate takes peak output to a new level at 612bhp, the maximum torque of 850 Nm is also a new high. The standard E63 estate is rated at 571bhp and has 750Nm of torque. The S version completes the sprint from 0 to 100kmph in 3.5 seconds, the E63 in 3.6 seconds. Both estate models come with Mercedes’ 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system and a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
The global debut of the two performance estates will be at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. UK sales will be early April 2017, with first deliveries expected to arrive in August 2017. Mercedes India, on the other hand, will eventually launch the new E63 AMG as a sedan only to compete with BMW’s M5.