The S213 E Class T-Modell – the German moniker for the estate version – has been doing the rounds and we have footage depicting the unceremonious rear-end wrap that should hide the obvious changes the model sports compared to the sedan version.
The latest crop of near-production prototypes sport only rear camouflage and we know the reveal is only days away – with the public debut maybe scheduled for early March during the Geneva Motor Show. The new E Class station wagon (S213) is seen here parked next to its predecessor and will carry a rather unsurprising design that has a lot in common with the C Class Estate sibling. We’re proactive about Mercedes’ latest design language but we’re starting to feel worried by the myriad of versions that have the same cues and feel a bit treated Audi-style (minor changes, only experts will tell them apart).
Anyways, we’ll see how the people feel about the E Class being so closely related to its smaller brother even though they’re in different segments (and especially price ranges) but before that we can tell you the new model will probably be as practical as the outgoing model that has a massive cargo capacity of up to 24.5 cubic feet (695 liters) with the rear seats in place and 68.8 feet (1,950 liters) with the bench folded. The new E Class should sport the same new engine family as the sedan starting with the newly developed turbodiesel 2.0-liter inside the E220d. Being lighter, smaller, and more powerful than the older one the new powerplant brings to the table 192 horsepower (143 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters) of torque and will most likely be mated to the nine-speed automatic transmission.