There’s a whole lot of powertrain exploration going on right now. Lots of serious power nerds, figuring out how to apply new methods of electrification to internal combustion and beyond. There’s variable compression, plug-in hybrid, EV, turbo. The challenge is always to wring out more performance, efficiency, and durability. It is a job for serious speed freaks. Hard core engineers. Many of those experts work for three pointed star, as a matter of fact and some of them pulled back curtain this week on their newest plaything, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53. Debuted at Detroit Auto Show, car represents a new AMG series for Mercedes, AMG 53, one that starts with the CLS but also includes the E-Class Coupe and Convertible.

Power and fury of 6-cylinder, turbocharged electrification

What makes AMG 53 unique is a powertrain that seems plain amazing. There’s power of a turbocharged, 3.0 liter inline 6 cylinder engine that produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque and then the added boost of an electrical system that includes an “EQ Boost” starter/alternator, an electric auxiliary compressor and 48 volt system. The system is mated to a 9 speed automatic transmission and travels through AMG 4Matic system. The electrification of engine serves to do three neat things. First, EQ Boost starter/alternator sits between the engine and transmission, and provides an instant surge of power, 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Next, it spins up auxiliary compressor, which builds up instant pressure and eliminates turbo lag, filling gap until the exhaust gas turbo kicks in. Finally, system provides the needed juice to operate vehicle’s accessory 12 volt items, such as lights and infotainment displays. That removes need for drive belts and gives Mercedes chance to screw in an exhaust gas after treatment system. EQ Boost also helps to provide certain hybrid functions, such as a glide mode and stop/start. The end result? According to automaker, AMG CLS 53 will go 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Styling accents and special launch editions for the AMG 53

Mercedes-AMG 53 Series has its own unique flair across all models, with common elements such as a twin-blade radiator grille with black lattice, a 5 spoke wheel design, an A-Wing design up front, accents, AMG side-sills panels and chromed and round exhaust pipes. Inside, current and laudatory glass display theme continues, with 2 12.3 inch display screens and a customizable experience that includes Progressive, Classic and Sporty options. Availability for AMG 53 Series begins in late 2018. At start Mercedes will offer an exclusive Edition 1 model for CLS version. Styling will include copper coloring throughout interior, black Nappa leather upholstery, and contrast copper stitching.

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