After a very short round of teasing, the German manufacturer has decided to officially unveil the 2017 E Class station wagon, which is set to reach dealerships during the latter part of this year and first part of 2017.
The model is going to reach European customers earlier than those in the United States, who need to wait until next year, and comes with a very closely related styling to its sedan sibling. The stylish design brings even more panache to the midsize executive wagon, which has the same front end as the standard E Class sedan. There’s also a gently sloped roof to make sure its practicality remains intact and a set of LED taillights. Among the many standard features the Easy-Pack tailgate is also included, making it easy to touch a button and open and close automatically the trunk lid. There’s also a Hands-free access feature as part of the Keyless-Go easy entry system – a kicking motion under the bumper opens the boot. Moving inside we find it just as premium as the sedan, complete with wood among the trims and also hosting an all-new steering wheel with touch-sensitive control buttons that can also be swiped. There’s also a new touchpad controller, complete with handwriting recognition technology.
The buyers will also find the usual, accommodating cargo compartment. It can reach up to 1820 liters (standard is 670 liters) and, while Mercedes brags about the much more dynamic roofline – it also tells us we should expect rear headroom and elbowroom to be the best in class. Late this year the Estate will also gain a third, folding bench seat for children. By the way, you don’t have to fear loading the Estate will crumple its posture – the standard models feature a self-leveling rear air suspension (for up to 745 kg of cargo and passengers, and 2100 kg of towing capacity) and the Air Body Control suspension is also available as an option.
“The new Estate is as dynamic as the Mercedes-Benz brand and as spacious as our customers expect. Intelligent features such as the cargo position for the rear seat backrest with its 40:20:40 split as standard allow even better use to be made of the generous load-carrying capacity,” comments Ola Kallenius, member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales. “And what is more, the Estate obviously has all the innovations of the new E Class – the most intelligent executive saloon in the world.”
A plethora of systems and features is available standard or as an option. The driver can have an ambient lighting system, two 12.3-inch displays, as well as different packages such as Warmth and Comfort or the Acoustic. The former comes with a heated steering wheel, heated armrests, and upgraded heated front seats while the latter includes a special acoustic film in the windscreen and side windows for increased cabin quietness. Also the full extent of safety and assistance systems are in charge of protecting the passengers – from the Active Brake Assist to the Drive Pilot technologies that includes the Distance Pilot Distronic system that can “automatically keep the car’s correct distance behind vehicles in front on all types of road, at a speed of up to 210 km/h for the first time.” There’s also the Remote Parking Pilot – a first for a Mercedes – which is very akin to Tesla’s Summon feature, by allowing owners of the E Class Estate to remotely move – via a smartphone app – the car in and out of very tight spaces.
Three diesel engines and four gasoline versions will be available at launch. The entry level model is the E 200 and E 200 d – depending on the powertrain choice. The petrol version has a 2.0-liter in-line four with 184 hp and 300 Nm, while the diesel sports 150 hp and 360 Nm again from a 2-liter four cylinder. The performance details are not yet in for the E 200 d, but the regular E 200 can sprint to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and will top out at 231 km/h, with an average fuel consumption of 6.2 liters per 100 km (4.2 for the E 200 d). Up next for the diesel is the E 220 d with 194 hp and 400 Nm while for now the top choice is the E 350 d with a three-liter V6 good for 258 hp and 620 Nm. The petrol choices include the E 250 (211 hp and 350 Nm) and the E 400 with the 4Matic all wheel drive system, which comes in the form of a 333 hp / 480 Nm, with a 3.5-liter V6 configuration. The flagship for now is the E 43 AMG 4Matic, which boasts a three-liter V6 developing 401 hp and 520 Nm. All engines are currently offered with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, and the E 43 will reach 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds on it way to the electronically-governed top speed of 250 km/h (with an average fuel economy of 8.4L/100km).