Car News 7 Jun 2016

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the all-new E-Class Estate range at the Mercedes Cup Tennis Tournament.

The sixth-generation, E-Class Estate, and the AMG Performance variant, have been given slick new styling, as well as more space and advanced technology features.

The new E-Class Estate now has interior volumes to rival many SUVs and crossovers, with a minimum of 670-litres with the seats up and 1,829-litres with the seats down.  These figures can’t be matched by the likes of the Audi A6 Avant or the BMW 5 Series Touring.  The new Estate will also be available with a third row of seats in the boot. The car comes with self-leveling rear air suspension, sensor-operated boot release, keyless go and a hand-free tailgate.

In terms of exterior styling, the Estate mirrors the Saloon, with sleek new lines and upgrades, including new wraparound windows and rear lights. Inside, the premium finish continues; trims include open-pore wood, with leather throughout and metal highlights in a range of colours. The dashboard features two 12.3-inch widescreen digital displays and iPad screen plug-ins to the rear seats, complete with a comprehensive infotainment system.

Other impressive technology includes the new ‘Concierge Service’, which comes standard with the ‘Comand Online’ package, and includes on-board mobile internet. The Comand Online and Concierge Service comes with a free year’s subscription and is fully comprehensive, covering route planning to concert tickets and hotel bookings.  Driving tech includes Drive Pilot Assist, Active Brake Assist and Remote Parking Pilot is optional.

The new Estate will be available with a choice of two diesel engines; the four-cylinder 220d will be the first released, developing 192bhp and hitting 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds. The second is a 3-litre V6 twin-turbo E 350d,producing 254bhp. The AMG E 43 4Matic variant will run off a 3-litre V6 petrol engine, producing 396bhp and capable of 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. Another AMG model will likely be released in 2017. All engines are linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Pricing has not yet been released, however a ballpark of £38,000 can be expected for the entry level Estate. Order books for the E-Class Estate will open in July 2016 and first deliveries will start in October.

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