Mercedes-Benz isn't bothering to wait roughly two weeks for the New York International Auto Show to pull the covers off its all-new 2017 AMG E43.
On Thursday, the automaker gave the public its first look at the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6-engine model, featuring 396 worth of roaring horsepower that powers the car to hit zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.
Just like that latter stat, Mercedes isn't wasting any time. Just two months ago, the automaker introduced its redesigned E-Class, this one being the company's first AMG model within it.
While people will get an up close and personal look at the all-new Benz at the New York International Auto Show beginning March 23, the sedan will immediately compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Audi S6, Cadillac CTS and Lexus GS, all of which are in that class. Mercedes says that, when the vehicle hits the market, it will have a price tag in the low-$70,000 range.
The new E43 touts a rear-leaning version of Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, which designates 69 percent of its power to the rear wheels, more than the split in power that traditional AWD systems use. According to Autocar, the E43 also boasts a bolstered version of the E-Class's Air Body Control suspension, which delivers three modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. An AMG Dynamic Select button also allows drivers to seamlessly switch between the vehicle's five transmission modes.
Also, to further lace the sporty look of this sedan — and perhaps distinguish it from that of the more luxurious E300 — Mercedes has given the E43 its own body kit and 19-inch AMG alloy wheels with an option to go up a size to 20-inch alloy wheels.
In the past, we've seen automakers offer a first look before major car shows, only to reveal a lot more about the vehicle at the event itself, so, we'll see if Mercedes has other announcements about the E43's features in about two weeks' time.
Meanwhile, a more powerful model within Mercedes' E-Class is also expected to be revealed at some point this year as well.
What a thrilling ride.