Mercedes has offered a sneak preview of its new E-class estate, due to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt show in September.
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The new Mercedes-Benz E-class estate is big – boasting a maximum of 1,950 litres of luggage space, it easily outstrips premium brand rivals.
Despite the exaggerated angle to the rear roofline and the more curvaceous new E-class bodywork, the maximum load-lugging capacity for the new Mercedes E-class estate is 40 litres more than the model it replaces.
That’s also considerably better than class rivals, such as the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring, which can muster only 1,660- and 1,650-litres, respectively.
Merc estate should have class-leading boot space
However, that is with the rear seats folded flat – an operation easily completed via a pair of levers in the boot. Mercedes is yet to confirm how much space you get with the rear seats in place, but we can confidently suggest it will be close to or better than the class-leading 690 litres of the current E-class estate.
Supplementing the wardrobe-swallowing space, Mercedes has thought to include an automatic opening and closing tailgate as standard, and a folding load compartment floor.
These, and the multi-position load cover, come under a new ‘Easy-Pack’ description for the car’s practicality features.
The new E-class estate is also the only car in its class to be offered with an optional folding bench seat in the boot.
Safety and comfort a priority for E-class
Self-levelling rear suspension ensures that whatever you’re carrying the vehicle’s handling will remain in balance.
This works in partnership with adaptive damping carried over from the E-class saloon to ensure safety and comfort at all times – though the estate does feature slightly stiffer suspension, compensating for the extra weight of its additional bodywork.
Furthermore, The E-class estate is available with all of the E-class saloon’s cutting-edge safety kit. This includes nine airbags and Mercedes’ ‘attention assist’ system as standard.
The latter monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness, and issues an alert if it believes they are about to fall asleep.
Passenger comfort should also be better than the existing E-class estate, too, thanks to greater width and headroom in the rear.
Eco diesels lead E-class engine range
Engine choices for the new car include Mercedes’ efficient new 2.2-litre turbodiesel, which returns 48.7mpg and emits 150g/km CO2. This is available with either 167bhp or 201bhp.
In fact, the diesel options are so impressive it’s almost not worth bothering to mention the petrol alternatives. But rest assured four-cylinder, V6 and V8 petrol E-class estates will be available – topped off by an E 63 AMG performance version, available shortly after the initial launch.
UK pricing and specification details for the new Mercedes-Benz E-class estate are yet to be announced. The estate makes its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, before arriving in dealerships in early 2010.
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