Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted June 07, 2016 17:33
All-new wagon joins the lineup
With the all-new E-Class sedan making its debut six months ago, it was only a matter of time before the wagon version came out. Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled the E-Class sedan and the automaker claims that it offers the most cargo capacity in its segment.
Internally known as the S213, the E-Class wagon's exterior follows the current design language of Mercedes-Benz. From the B-Pillar back, the 2017 E-Class wagon features a sloping roof line, different rear doors, wraparound tail lights and a low lift-over tailgate. Like the sedan, front fascia treatment differs for each variant. Exclusive models get the classic grill with the three pointed star on the hood. Avantgarde models on the other hand gets a different front grill with the badge in the center and the AMG Line gets sportier touches. Each model line also gets a unique set of wheels.
The dash of the E-Class wagon carries over from the sedan. On higher-grade models, a 12.3-inch wide navigation/multi-information display is available while a smaller is installed for models without COMAND. When specified with COMAND, the instrument cluster's analogue dials are replaced with another screen plus it gets navigation, infotainment sections and other available menus. Touch-sensitive controls replace traditional buttons on the multi-function steering wheel. It can recognize vertical and horizontal swiping gestures, much like a smartphone.
The wagon body adds a dose of interior volume for practicality. With all seats in place, cargo capacity is rated at 670 liters while folding the second row boosts space to 1,820 liters. A power liftgate is standard on all E-Class wagon variants while rearward facing third row seats are an option. All standard and available safety systems found in the sedan will also be in the wagon. These include Active Brake Assist, Cross-traffic detection, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe Plus and semi-autonomous driving.
A range of four and six cylinder engines will make their way under the hood of the E-Class wagon. The gas lineup starts with the E200 with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine delivering 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque. Up next is the E250 which also uses the same block as the E200. Power bumps up to 211 PS and 350 Nm of torque. For those looking for a V6, the E400 churns out 333 PS and 480 Nm of torque and the range topping E43 packs 401 PS and 520 Nm of torque.
On to the diesels, the range starts with the E200 D with 150 PS and 360 Nm of torque, followed by the E220 D that puts out 194 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel in the E350 D produces 258 PS and 620 Nm of torque.