Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new E-Class Estate version at the MercedesCup tennis tournament in Stuttgart this week. It arrives in showrooms in October so here is an early look at its specs and features.
The first E-Class Estate available will be the E220d with a newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine. At the end of 2016 the E350d will follow with its six-cylinder diesel engine.
All models will be equipped as standard with nine-speed automatic gears courtesy of the new 9G-Tronic transmission.
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The most important feature in an estate car is its space. And Mercedes-Benz has given the new E-Class Estate an impressive cargo volume of up to 1820 litres with the seats down, and 670 litres in passenger mode.
The rear seats also fold down separately to offer a range of options for passenger and cargo combinations. And you can set them upright at a 10% steeper angle, creating an extra 30 litres of space without having to lose a passenger seat.
Plus, from late 2016 the E-Class Estate will be available with a second folding bench seat in the back, creating seven seats across three rows to turn the Estate into a people carrier.
Mercedes claims its new E-Class Estate is one of the quietest vehicles in its class, with low engine noise and vibrations to keep long journeys comfortable. It comes with a range of noise-reducing measures including special insulation and aeroacoustic alterations.
The new Estate also has all the safety features of the new saloon E-Class, such as autonomous braking and Drive Pilot. Plus it has a new highlight – Remote Parking Pilot which allows you to park the car in bays and garages with a smartphone app.
The new E-Class Estate also comes with a raft of special features designed to make life easier. The tailgate opens and closes at the tough of a button. It can also be halted in any position, to stop it touching the garage roof for example, and you can even limit the angle it opens to.
The E-Estate also comes with self-levelling rear air suspension that keeps the vehicle balanced even when it’s fully laden or towing. The extendable trailer coupling comes with stabilisation technology and electric controls. And the car has new integrated roof rails.
Other optional features include hands-free access to open the boot – simply make a kicking motion with your foot under the rear bumper. And secure your cargo in the back with built-in rails, fasteners and luggage holders.
Mercedes-Benz describes the new E-Class Estate as “modern, confidently stylish and dyanamic”. It has a much sleeker design than its predecessor.
The interior is based on the E-Class Saloon’s award-winning design. There are three styles to choose from: Classic, Sport and Progressive.
The instrument panel has a fully digital display and options for two high-resolution screens. The steering wheel has touch controls and the car comes with voice command.
The Heat Comfort package adds fast-action heated seats, plus heated armrests in the doors. And the design has plenty of scope for personalization with 64 colours in the enhanced ambience lighting.