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AMG fans, prepare the champagne. Come July 15th, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and E53 will drop, making it nine new launches for Merc in 2021 already. 4Matic+ all-wheel drive will come fitted as standard.

In terms of exterior design, this hot E-Class gets an AMG grille and a larger three-pointed star, in order to differentiate it from the regular sedan (sorry, limo, in Merc-speak). Flatter brake lights and a new apron can be seen out back, and there’s also a new diffuser. 20-inch alloys are standard.

Keeping things boiling will be a 4-litre, twin-turbo V8 with 612 bhp and 86.6 kgm of torque, with power being sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed auto ‘box. AMG Dynamic select software and ESP stability control contribute to a claimed 0-100 run in 3.4 seconds.

The cabin gets the latest MBUX infotainment system and digital instrument display, with unique AMG display options, as also a twin-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with haptic feedback controls and paddle shifters; it has a ‘hands on’ sensor that triggers warnings and activates emergency brake assist if it figures that the driver does not have their hands on the wheel for a while.

The big news is the introduction, for the first time in India, of the E 53, which will sit below the E63 S in the Indian range. It shares its 3-litre, twin-turbo inline six engine with the GLE 53 Coupe and puts out 435 bhp and 53 kgm; there’s a 48V mild-hybrid system as well, which contributes up to 22 bhp and 25.4 kgm when you’re really gunning it. A 9-speed auto does duty here as well. Prices will be announced on the 15th of this month.