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[PHOTOS] 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 Unveiled Prior to New York Auto Show

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Specs and photos of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 leak before the car’s official debut at the New York Auto Show

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 may look like the standard E-Class, but it packs a big surprise underneath the hood

Originally scheduled to debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz decided it couldn’t wait until late March to show off its newest luxury car, so the German automaker went ahead and released photos and specs for the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43.

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The new Mercedes-AMG E43 will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that pumps out 396 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. The E43 will come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive, but that all-wheel drive system favors the rear wheels 69% of the time. Mercedes-Benz estimates the E43 will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Furthermore, the top speed of the AMG E43 is electronically restricted to 155 mph.

“The new AMG E43 offers impressive driving dynamics coupled with cutting-edge efficiency,” said Chairman of AMG Tobias Moers. “Twin turbocharging, features adopted from motorsport and characteristic AMG design immediately indicate to our customers that the new E-Class from AMG offers pure driving performance coupled with cutting-edge technology and intense emotion.”

The exterior of the Mercedes-AMG E43 may look similar to the new E-Class sedan, but the E43 comes with its own distinctive body kit, two chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes, and 19-inch AMG five-spoke alloy wheels. For those people who enjoy even numbers, the E43 will also be available with 20-inch alloy wheels.

Once people step inside the E43, they’ll find MB-Tex/DINAMICA faux-suede and vinyl upholstery, as well as sports seats and a multifunction sports steering wheel. Optional interior features include Nappa leather upholstery, performance seats, and a 12.3-inch instrument screen.

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 is scheduled to arrive at dealerships in early 2017 and will make its American debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

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Gallery: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43