The new E-Class Estate is scheduled to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this SeptemberEnlarge Photo
Mercedes has previously confirmed that the wagon will make its world debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale in Europe by the end of the year. The North American launch will bring only the E350 4matic version in June of 2010 as a 2011 model. So far no other E-Class wagon variants are planned for American sale. A sport-configuration variant will be available for the first time on the U.S. E-Class wagon, however, bringing a special grille, more aggressive front and rear fascias, twin trapezoidal exhaust pipes, 'twist' side rocker panels, cross-drilled brake discs with colored rotors and five-spoke 17in alloy wheels. Optional 18in alloys are available as an AMG wheel package upgrade.
With a load capacity of up to 1,950 liters, the E-Class Estate (length/width/ height: 4,895/1,854/1,471 mm) sets the standard in its class. Furthermore, the elbow width in the rear has been increased by 50 mm to 1,505 mm over the previous model, while rear headroom with has also improved by 50 mm to 1,010 mm.
Like the sedan, the range of engines available worldwide for the new wagon will comprise four, six and eight-cylinder units with outputs from 100 kW/136 hp to 386 kW/525 hp – the top end model being the E63 from AMG. The four-cylinder engines are newly developed direct-injection units, which develop a higher output and torque than the comparable V6-engines of the preceding series despite a smaller displacement.
The top model in the new E-Class diesel range is the six-cylinder E350 CDI with an output of 170 kW/231 hp, which uses 0.5L per 100km less fuel than the previous E320 CDI.
Along with the debut of the new wagon, Mercedes will also be launching two new engines for the E-Class range under the E200 CGI and E200 CDI guises.