Mercedes-Benz is expanding its current family of E-Class vehicles by adding another traditionally successful model to the lineup: the new Estate. The new model will be released for sale in Europe on August 5 and hit showrooms on November 21. Says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“The renewal of the E-Class family — the ‘heart’ of the Mercedes-Benz brand — couldn’t have happened at a better time. The success of the new E-Class demonstrates that in economically turbulent times in particular, customers especially appreciate the Mercedes-Benz brand attributes of safety, comfort, and efficiency. With the Saloon and Coupé, and now the new Estate, the E-Class remains a versatile and convincing messenger of the Mercedes-Benz brand’s power of innovation.”
The new E-Class offers customers a series of technological innovations that no other automobile in this class provides. The new Estate version adds standard-fitted air suspension with self-levelling at the rear and unique new load compartment management features.
The E-Class Estate is seen as the progenitor of the premium lifestyle estate segment. Says Dr. Klaus Maier, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars: “Since the first Mercedes-Benz Estate was launched more than 30 years ago, over one million customers have discovered their enthusiasm for this most practical way of driving a Mercedes-Benz luxury car. We want to continue this success story in the fifth generation of the Estate. It will be able to build on the resounding start of the current E-Class, of which we have delivered more than 40,000 units to customers since the market launch in spring. The Saloon version already became the global market leader in its segment in May.”
Practicality: Top marks for load capacity and ease of operation
The new E-Class Estate sets a new standard in its class for the size of its cargo space, which has a volume of up to 1,950 liters (length/width/height: 4,895/1,854/1,471 millimeters). Thanks to the new “quickfold” system, the cargo space can now be expanded much more easily than was the case in the predecessor model. The seat can now be unlocked and folded down from both the side and the trunk. The vehicle is fitted with an exemplary payload management system as standard. Examples of this system include the automatically opening and closing EASY-PACK rear hatch with an automatic roller blind, and the EASY-PACK flipaway floor, which considerably increases the height of the cargo space. Another unique feature in this vehicle segment is the optional folding seat in the cargo area.
Safety: Nine airbags as standard, plus innovative driver assistance systems
The new E-Class has further extended Mercedes-Benz’ lead when it comes to safety. Around a dozen new or improved driver assistance systems help to prevent road accidents or at least reduce the severity of the impact. These features include the standard-fitted ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system, the optional DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control, and the PRE-SAFE® Brake with independent emergency braking initiation. The new E-Class features an even more extensive range of safety systems than its predecessor, including nine standard-fitted airbags, four seat-belt tensioners and belt-force limiters, and crash-active NECK-PRO head restraints for the driver and front-seat passenger.
Suspension: Automatic self-levelling at the rear as standard
Outstanding long-distance driving comfort is ensured in the Estate by the all-new DIRECT CONTROL suspension with adaptive damping system as standard. In addition, the air suspension fitted as standard on the rear axle ensures that the Estate’s level is maintained even when the vehicle is carrying a full payload. The tuning of the Estate’s chassis has been adapted to the changed body geometry. The shock absorbers and the torsion bar stabilizers have been somewhat upgraded, making the vehicle just as agile as the Saloon without sacrificing rolling comfort.
Engines: Considerable reduction in fuel consumption and emissions
A range of new engines and numerous improvements in areas including aerodynamics, weight, energy management, and rolling resistance have substantially reduced the new Estate’s fuel consumption and emissions. A good example of this is the E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, which generates 150 kW and 500 Nm of torque while consuming 5.7 l/100 km and emitting 150 g of CO2/km. At its launch, the new Estate will be available with five different drive systems, ranging from 125 kW/170 hp to 285 kW/388 hp. In spite of their reduced displacement, the new and enhanced engines have more output than the previous engines and boast a level of fuel efficiency that has usually only been found in compact cars. All engines meet the EU5 emissions standard.
An international bestseller
The new E-Class is the successor to an internationally successful Mercedes-Benz model. As far as the preceding E-Class model, the 211 series, is concerned, 1.5 million Saloons and Estates have been delivered to customers since its launch six years ago. Over the past 60 years, the eight generations of the E-Class Saloon have thrilled 12 million customers worldwide.
Source: Daimler AG