2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon Revealed
Set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon adds more versatility to the high-performance persona found in the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S Sedan that was introduced last fall in Los Angeles. Sharing much of the same visual flair and enthusiast character of its 4-door sibling, the new wagon also boasts advanced infotainment and connectivity touches. “The new AMG E63 Wagon combines our brand's hallmark driving dynamics with high everyday practicality,” noted Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH at the reveal. “There’s good reason the model has been a permanent fixture in the AMG portfolio for 40 years.”
Rapid and refined
Like the Sedan, the new E63 S Wagon packs a hand-crafted AMG-spec 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 with twin-scroll turbos that makes 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, the latter on hand from 2,500-4,500 rpm. Here, too, the engine features cylinder deactivation and Start/Stop technology to enhance efficiency and is backed by an AMG Speedshift MCT 9-speed Sport transmission purpose-tweaked for used in the Wagon. Motive force heads to each wheel via an AMG Performance 4Matic+ AWD system that uses an electronically controlled coupling connecting the permanently driven rear axle with the front wheels. It also permits full-time active torque vectoring. Mercedes says the new E63 S Wagon can streak from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds on to a top speed of 180 mph.
The new E63 S Wagon features AMG-enhanced underpinnings based around a modified version of M-B’s tri-chamber air suspension, multi-mode variable adaptive damping and AMG speed-sensitive power steering. The AMG Dynamic Select System offers Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual drive modes as well as the Wagon’s electronically-controlled limited slip differential and three-stage – On/Sport/Off – ESP stability control system. Brakes can be upgraded by stepping up to the optional AMG Ceramic Composite binders.
As with any AMG variation on the theme, the new E63 S Wagon boasts distinctive cues that start with a bold front clip treatment that parallels the edgier look of the E63 S Sedan, including its wider fenders and track dimensions. The more aggressive body kit also includes bespoke side sills and rear bumper diffuser as well as distinctive AMG 20-inch light alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin performance tires. Inside, the spacious cabin complements the typical array of AMG-specific enhancements with Nappa leather and carbon fiber trim as well as a standard dual-12.3-inch digital instrument display with AMG-style graphic touches. The E63 S Wagon’s supportive power front buckets – upgradable to AMG Sport Seats – are matched with a 40/20/40 rear bench.
Like the rest of the new E-Class offerings, the E63 S Wagon comes with or offers safety and driver assist features including M-B’s new semi-autonomous Drive Pilot system. While the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon will arrive in showrooms here this March, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon won’t make its first appearance here until this fall. Pricing for both will be released closer to the on-sale dates.
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