And the refresh is more than skin deep.
Following numerous teasers, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe and 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet have made their world debut alongside their non-AMG counterparts. Matching the recently-revealed facelifted E53 sedan, these two-door variants of the E53 sport updated exterior styling, interior upgrades, and a new MBUX infotainment system.
Like the sedan, the E53 Coupe and Cabriolet are powered by an AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six paired with an EQ Boost system with an integrated starter-generator and electric auxiliary compressor. The output remains the same as last year's models at 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, with the EQ Boost system generating 21 hp and up to 184 lb-ft. Both 53 models send power out to 4MATIC+ through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
0-60 mph is estimated at 4.3 seconds for the Coupe and 4.5 seconds for the Cabriolet with top speed limited to 155 mph.
You can easily spot the facelifted E53 via its new front fascia featuring an AMG-specific radiator grille with twelve vertical slats. Mercedes has also added sharper-cut all-LED headlights, twin power domes on the hood, and larger air intakes. Around the back, the car features quad exhaust pipes finished in silver chrome or black and a spoiler lip finished in body-color or carbon fiber.
19-inch wheels with a five-twin-spoke design are standard while optional 20-inch wheels are available with a matte black or high-gloss titanium grey rim edge.
New paint color options include Graphite Grey Metallic and Designo Brilliant Blue Magno, the latter of which was previously reserved for the AMG GT. An AMG Night Package is available optionally and adds gloss black mirror housings and window frames while an AMG Carbon Fiber Package II changes the mirrors caps and lip spoiler to carbon fiber.
Inside, the old COMAND infotainment system has been abandoned in favor of the latest MBUX unit. AMG models can be differentiated from the base 450 models via MB-Tex with DINAMICA microfiber finished with an AMG-specific design, red contrast stitching, and AMG badging. Nappa leather is also available.
Further sporty elements inside include red seat belts and carbon fiber trim. Most of the on-screen information will be familiar AMG but the E53 features a new three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with sensors that detect when the driver's hands are touching it.
Mercedes has not released any pricing information for the E-Class Coupe or Cabriolet but we expect it to be similar to last year's models. For reference, the 2020 E53 Coupe was priced at $74,950 while the Cabriolet was significantly more expensive at $81,650. All 2021 versions of the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will arrive at US dealers in late 2020 with pricing information likely coming closer to the on-sale date.
No shots of the new E53 Cabriolet are available yet, so we added a few of the new E 450 Cabrio below for your viewing pleasure.