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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43: First Impressions

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CARS.COM — The new Mercedes-AMG E43 is one sinister-looking sport sedan, and that’s surprising because the redesigned E-Class is one of the more understated luxury sedans in a segment increasingly defined by bold designs like Lexus’ spindle grille.

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The show car’s black paint, relative lack of chrome and alloy wheels with black-painted pockets do the job nicely, giving the E43 a serious bearing that speaks to the 396-horsepower V-6 under its hood.

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Inside, there are lightly bolstered front bucket seats that aren’t too confining and have comfortable cushioning. There’s also a sport steering wheel with a flat bottom section. As for the backseat, you sit low, and the feeling is magnified by the sedan’s high beltline.

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AMG variants are spreading across the Mercedes range, and there’s likely more to come for the E-Class as Mercedes calls the AMG E43 the “first high-performance variant.” The previous E-Class was available in E63 AMG form, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the new E-Class is too at some point.

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Mike Hanley has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the auto industry. His primary focus is new vehicles, and he's currently a Senior Road Test Editor overseeing expert car reviews and comparison tests. He previously managed Editorial content in the Research section. Email Mike Hanley

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