When Mercedes-Benz announced back in March that the tough-looking E-Class All Terrain station wagon would be making its way to the United States for the first time, we were enthused — for the most part. See, while the idea of a Mercedes version of a Subaru Outback certainly gets our engines running, Mercedes-Benz’s announcement said it would be replacing the conventional E-Class wagon that’s been a staple of the lineup here for years, which left many enthusiasts wondering: Does that mean the E63 wagon we love so much will be axed, too?
Luckily, though, it seems Mercedes-Benz USA has no intentions of leaving us Americans without what’s almost inarguably the best station wagon you can buy Stateside today. That’s the word from Car and Driver, which is reporting that the E63 wagon will indeed stick around alongside the sedan when the max-attack AMG E’s facelifted version debuts — reportedly, later this month.
As spy photos and leaked images have already revealed, the facelifted 2021 E63 S will receive subtle changes like those of the other E-Class models, such as wider tail lights that bear a passing resemblance to those of the new A-Class and reshaped headlights with a bit more angularity to them. The biggest change will be up front, where the E63 will trade the dual-horizontal-bar grille of the current model for the vertically-strafed Panamericana grille that’s become the visual trademark of AMG’s newest models, like the GT 63 S.
Don’t expect much in the way of changes beneath the skin, apart from what Car and Driver reports will be some mild suspension retuning to smooth out the ride at the request of the customers. The 603-hp twin-turbo V8, the nine-speed automatic with its dry clutches in lieu of a torque converter, the sport-tuned all-wheel-drive with RWD drift mode — they should all stick around just as they are. Which is absolutely fine with us.
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