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2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S: The sleeper beasts of the street get a solid update

Mercedes has given the E 63 S a fresh front and rear, and made interior enhancements.

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It may look like your average school run sedan or wagon, but the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is anything but. It's the very definition of a sleeper and there's few, if any, reason to not love it, especially with all its new model year refinements. Mercedes will continue to sell the model in sedan and wagon variants.

Mercedes has given the model a fresh front end, complete with an AMG-specific grille that has vertical slats and a large central star. All-LED multi beam headlights and functional air intakes flank the grille leading the eye toward flared wheel arches. The hood features a more rounded shape with twin domes. A new splitter reduces lift.

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

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At the back are new, flatter taillights that extends into the trunk lid. A thin strip of high-gloss chrome connects them. On the wagon, the chrome extends up the end of the taillights. Buyers can get the lift gate of their wagon the same color as the vehicle or in carbon fiber as part of the available AMG Carbon-Fiber Package II.

Both models also have a freshly shaped bumper that helps with aerodynamics. The lower part is painted high-gloss black. Merceds has given the models' twin 3.5-inch trapezoidal fluted tailpipes a new shape and are now finished in titanium matte. There is now a trim piece that runs the width of the car. It comes standard in silver but is available in high-gloss black as part of the AMG Night Package or in carbon fiber with AMG Exterior Carbon-Fiber Package I.

The E 63 S wears new 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in the buyer's choice of high-gloss grey (standard) or matte black.

The E 63 S continues to be powered by an AMG 4.0-liter biturbo engine that achieves 603 horsepower and 627 pound feet-for torque. The engine is pared with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Race drive modes are available, as well as a manual-like "M" shift mode.

All models come standard with all-wheel drive. Drift Mode is available.

The German automaker has refined the interior of the car. Its AMG seats feature Nappa leather and feature AMG badging. The dashboard is also trimmed in the leather. Nappa leather in Black/Titanium Grey with yellow contrasting topstitching is available in the range as a new AMG-specific upholstery.

Mercedes has installed the company's new MBUX infotainment system in the model. It features two 12.3-inch displays, one in front of the driver and the other in the center of the dashboard. Drivers can switch between Modern Classic, Sport, and Supersport display modes for the driver's information screen. The system also has an AMG menu that allows users to select various displays specific to the model.

The car also has a new twin-spoke steering wheel with integrated buttons. It's available to be ordered in leather, microfiber, or as a combination of leather and microfiber, and includes standard steering wheel heating.

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Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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Electric vehicles

Three new EVs we can't wait to see

The F-150 Lightning is just one of several new EVs we'll see soon.

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With all the crazy news coming out of the auto industry this year, it'd be easy to believe that the rollout of new models is slowing to a snail's pace. The pandemic and ongoing microchip shortage have slowed vehicle production, to be sure, but they haven't put the brakes on automakers' push to roll out exciting new electric vehicles. In the next few months alone, we'll see several new electric trucks, cars, and SUVs hit the market, some of which will break new ground and help define their segments. We're on board with this trend 100 percent, and to help you get excited, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

Here are the three upcoming electric vehicles we're most excited to see.

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the world's best-selling and most popular vehicles is going electric. The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to arrive in 2022 with a fully electric powertrain, forward-looking technology, and a familiar style that will make any truck lover feel at home. We don't have full details on the truck, but Ford has shared some awe-inspiring performance numbers. The Lightning will offer around 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which should push the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds. Payload capacity comes in at up to 2,000 pounds, and towing will reach 10,000 pounds for specific configurations.


Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package.Ford


The Lightning's starting price will come in under $40,000, but don't get your hopes up about actually buying one for that amount. Ford says the entry-level Lightning is a commercial truck that will be a stripped-down work-ready vehicle, which likely means features like vinyl seats and far fewer of the desirable tech goodies that you'll want. To get the truck you and your family will want to drive, you'll need to spring for the XLT model, which starts just shy of $53,000. That's quite a bit more, but it is still a somewhat reasonable price to pay for what will surely be a capable electric pickup.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The S-Class is a unique model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. The car typically showcases the automaker's latest technologies and design techniques and offers a glimpse of the features that eventually trickle down to the rest of Mercedes' vehicles. Soon, we'll see the EQS, a fully electric flagship sedan that paves the way for the brand's other electrified offerings. The car will have a range of well over 400 miles on a charge, up to 516 horsepower, rear-axle steering, and breathtaking technology.


Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS will usher in a new electric era at Mercedes.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS is expected to land sometime late in 2021 and will carry a price tag that matches its premium brand name and top-notch feature set. Pricing for the "entry-level" EQS 450+ will come in at around $100,000, while the top EQS 580 4MATIC will land well north of that number. Remember, though, that Mercedes offers a long list of ultra-desirable options for its cars, so you'll likely shell out more than the base price to get the features you want.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq name is nothing new, but the way it will be seen in the automaker's lineup will change significantly going forward. Rather than being a model name within the Hyundai catalog, Ioniq will split off and become its own sub-brand, covering a line of electric vehicles of all types. The Ioniq 5 is the first such vehicle and will be offered in single- or dual-motor configurations that generate 225 or 320 horsepower. The car's futuristic design is attractive and features a pixelated look for the front-end, lighting features, and rear. Inside, the vehicle is clean but comforting and offers the features buyers expect in a family crossover.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Ioniq 5 is the first in what will be an entire line of new EVs from Hyundai.Hyundai


The Ioniq 5 should go on sale in late 2021 and is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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