The new E-Class marks the debut of a number of technical innovations, which no other car in the world, in this category, is able to offer – from drowsiness detection, to automatic emergency braking when an accident is recognised as imminent, and also Adaptive Highbeam Assist.
Naturally the Estate also features all these innovations, plus air suspension with self-levelling at the rear as standard and unique new load compartment management features.
The E-Class Estate is seen as the progenitor of the premium lifestyle estate segment more than 30 years ago. Since the launch of the first Estate in 1977, more than one million customers internationally, have discovered their enthusiasm for this most practical way of driving a Mercedes luxury car. This success story is set to be continued by the fifth generation of the E-Class Estate – following up on the successful launch of the sedan.
The performance of the sedan and coupé in the 2009 AutoBild Design Awards shows how well the striking lines of the E-Class have been received.
The new Estate immediately makes an athletic and practical, but also effortlessly superior and safe impression. Its distinctive design character is based on the new Mercedes style, which had its debut in the S-Class and is now also represented in the C-Class.
When shaping the rear end, the Mercedes designers took care to give expression to the high practicality of the new model. They did this by emphasising horizontal lines, for example the band formed by the tail lights and the chromed tailgate handle. The new LED tail lights are based on a two-piece design, and create a visual continuation of the side wall into the tailgate. Both by day and night, their distinctive design is a major recognition factor for the E-Class Estate. This is the largest estate car in the premium segment.
One particularly special feature of the load compartment management system is the option of opening the standard-fit EASY-PACK tailgate automatically by using the ignition key or pressing the handle if the car needs to be loaded from behind. The innovative “quickfold” system enables the rear seat backrests to be folded down from the load compartment. Neither the head restraints nor the rear-seat cushions need to be adjusted beforehand in order to be able to do this. The two backrest sections are unlocked and folded down by a cable pull, creating a level loading surface. As another useful feature, either the left or right backrest sections, or both together, can be folded down. This enables the rear seat unit to be used by passengers even when long and bulky items are being carried. The backrest sections can also be unlocked and folded down from the side.
It is not only in the load compartment that the generous dimensions of the preceding model have further been improved. Two examples in the interior illustrate this: the elbow width in the rear has been increased by 50 millimetres to 1505 millimetres. Rear headroom with the large tilting/sliding sunroof installed has also improved by 50 millimetres to 1010 millimetres, and is almost as generous as in versions with no sunroof (1012 mm).
Mercedes-Benz has consolidated its leadership in safety even further with the new E-Class. A number of new or modified driver assistance systems help to prevent road accidents or at least reduce the severity of the impact. These include the standard ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system, the optional DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control and the optional PRE-SAFE® Brake, which is able to initiate partial and full emergency braking autonomously. For the first time, PRE-SAFE® is also able to use only the information received from the short-range sensors in the front bumper to tension the front seat belts at the last moment before an accident recognised as unavoidable, thereby reducing the loads exerted on the driver and front passenger during the crash.
With nine airbags fitted as standard, four belt tensioners and belt force limiters, and NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger, the new E-Class offers an even more extensive package of safety equipment than its predecessor.
Outstanding comfort on long journeys in the Estate is ensured by the newly developed DIRECT CONTROL suspension, which features the adaptive damping system as standard. The likewise standard self-levelling rear suspension sees to it that the Estate always remains at the same level, even when fully laden. The Estate’s suspension setup has also been adapted to suit the modified body geometry, with slightly stiffer shock absorber settings and torsion bar stabilisers, making the Estate just as agile as the sedan without having to make compromises in terms of road roar and tyre vibration characteristics.
The engine line-up available for the new Estate at launch comprises four units developing between 125 kW and 285 kW. Though with a lower displacement, the new and modified engines generate more output than their predecessors, while impressing with fuel consumption figures that were previously only found in the compact class.
Pricing at a glance is:
E200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY: R507 000
4-cylinder 1796 cc, 135 kW, 270 Nm, 7,9 l/100 km, CO2 183 – 189 g/km,
E300: R597 000
V6, 2996 cc, 170 kW, 300 Nm, 9,5 l/100 km,CO2 222 – 227 g/km,
E 350: R672 000
V6, 3498 cc, 200 kW, 350 Nm, 9,7 l/100 km, CO2 227 – 232 g/km,
7G-TRONIC automatic transmission
E 500: R833 000
V8, 5461 cc, 285 kW, 530 Nm, 11.1–11.2 l/100 km, CO2 258-260 g/km,
7G-TRONIC automatic transmission