The new 4MATIC+ estate variants of the Mercedes-AMG E 63- and E 63 S have been revealed - boasting a 0-62mph time of just 3.5 seconds.
As in the Saloon, the 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine has an output of up to 612 hp and the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive helps deliver the blistering acceleration, setting a new record in its class.
At the same time the engine is now even more efficient thanks to a cylinder deactivation system fitted as standard. The new Estate features an ‘even more agile response’ than its predecessor says Mercedes‑AMG. Another highlight is the new AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, with torque distribution on the front and rear axles now fully variable for the first time.
New design details of the sporty front end features, for the first time on an AMG estate, a coupé-like bonnet for a new, more dynamic approach. More powerful-looking and 27 millimetres wider, the wheel arches accommodate the greater track width and the larger wheels on the front axle. A wide front apron inspired by the design of a jet wing, with flics in black and a large front splitter showcases the Estate’s cooling technology.
Side sill panels make the estate appear to sit lower on the road and elongate the overall line, culminating in a ‘muscular rear end’ with an apron insert sporting a diffuser look and the two high-gloss chrome-plated twin tailpipe trims of the exhaust system.
The new E 63 4MATIC+ Estate has a capacity of 640 to 1820 litres, with Mercedes saying the boot is the largest in the performance estate segment. The rear seat back comes as standard with a new cargo-related functionality: it can be positioned at a 10-degree steeper angle. This creates an additional 30 litres of cargo volume while continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats. In addition, the rear seat back can be folded down in a 40:20:40 split. Unlocking is electric.
With the AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine the E 63 4MATIC+ Estate has 571 hp and 750 Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds, while the S version pumps out 612 hp with 850 Nm of torque to reach 62 mph a second earlier. The performance figures are aided by a 9‑speed sports transmission which has re-engineered hardware and software enabling ‘extremely short’ shift times and fast multiple downshifts.
Both estate models come with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all‑wheel-drive system fitted as standard. Newly engineered, the system brings together the advantages of various drive configurations while the fully variable torque distribution on the front and rear axles ensures optimum traction on any surface.
The four different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual" are joined by a ”RACE" drive program on the S model while adaptive damping can be set in three stages – “Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus” – to choose between relaxed comfort on long journeys and maximum sportiness.
Stopping power comes from a large-sized, high-performance compound braking system is reliable, while the S version is fitted with even larger compound brake discs, plus there is an AMG Carbon Ceramic braking system available as an option.
On the inside, the interior features an AMG performance steering wheel in black nappa leather has a grey ’12-o’clock’ marking while the driver and front passenger are seated in a secure position thanks to front sports seats with improved lateral support. AMG performance seats with integral head restraints can be ordered as an option.
The AMG instrument cluster has dials in a carbon-fibre look and the distinctive typography lend the displays an especially sporty touch. The widescreen multifunction display with two monitors comes as standard in the S version, otherwise it is available as an option. With the widescreen display, the driver can choose from three display designs unique to AMG: Classic, Sport and Progressive.
From launch, an exclusively configured "Edition 1" E 63 S 4MATIC+ Estate will be available for ‘around one year’. It’s finished in designo selenite grey magno or optionally in designo night black magno and is fitted with an AMG Night package to ‘further enhance the car's powerful aura’. Light grey stripes above the side sill panels emphasise the elongated side line to full effect, added to this are the AMG 20-inch 7-twin-spoke forged wheels, painted in matt black with high-gloss polished rim flange.
AMG performance seats in black nappa leather with yellow top stitching create a further sporty ambience in the interior, which is enhanced by the colour-coordinated yellow highlights on the AMG performance sports steering wheel, upper part of the dashboard, door panels, centre console, AMG floor mats and analogue clock in IWC design. The sports steering wheel in black DINAMICA microfibre features "Edition 1" lettering and a 12-o'clock marking in black. Carbon-fibre trim elements further enhance the juxtaposition of colours and materials.
The two performance Estate models will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. The new Mercedes‑AMG E 63 4MATIC+ Estate will go on sale in April 2017, with the market launch scheduled to start in June 2017.