Motor Trend has new shots of Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming 2017 AMG E63 wagon, which looks like it is testing at the Nürburgring in Germany. The AMG E63 wagon is a souped-up version of the automaker’s standard E-Class wagon.
The current E63 wagon packs a walloping V-8 engine, plus the great versatility and features of a GLC or GLE crossover. The old car had a 577-hp 5.5-liter unit. This version will probably change that up quite a bit. We expect that the new E63 will come with the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 already present in the C63 and AMG GT S.
However, the E63 version may be different than those cars in going north of the 600 hp mark. AMG’s seven-speed MCT Speedshift automatic transmission is most likely to be the gearbox offered with no variation. There will also most likely be an AMG-tuned 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which will come as standard equipment on the new E63.
Although the testing wagon has heavy camouflage, exterior design elements suggest the direction the final version may take. It seems like the wagon has a lot of carbon ceramic breaks and a very aggressive front fascia. In the back of the wagon are actually quad exhaust tips, making a clear break with the usual E-Class styling. In addition, a power dome looks to be included on the hood, which is another clue that a massive engine is included in this supercharged wagon.
When will the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 (or E63 S) debut? It looks as if the car will premier sometime before the end of 2016. In keeping with Mercedes-Benz tradition, the sedan will likely be introduced first, before the wagon version. Industry analysts do not know if the E-Class coupe and convertible will be getting the AMG treatment as well.
As for potential specs, a member of the GermanCarForum.com stopped by to upload some photographs and drop some interesting details on the powertrain. According to the poster, who says he has inside information, the E63 has the twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8. The standard E63 is going to produce 563 horsepower, with a healthy 553 pound-feet. The E63 S really amps up the juice, hitting the 604 horsepower mark and producing 627 pound-feet of torque. This is a big boost from the old E63, with its 518 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. Even the old E63 S “only” got 577 hp and 627 pound-feet. The transmission, according to the poster, will only come in a nine-speed automatic. He also says Mercedes will offer the E63 with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. The only caveat here is that not all markets are going to get all versions. So far it is not known which may wind up in the US market.
As for performance, the poster says to expect a 3.7 seconds for the E63 4Matic, with around 3.5 seconds for the E63 S 4Matic. The top speed will be 155 mph. Several commenters have said they think the cars will show at the Paris Motor Show in October of 2016.