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May 21, 2003
E-Class Wagon: Peerless in German Luxury

Stuttgart. Innovative engineering and a compelling conception of space
make it the most intelligent wagon that Mercedes-Benz has ever built.
In terms of the space, the all-new model year 2017 E400 Wagon will launch
by early 2017 and will continue to be the only German luxury wagon
available in its segment. Its cargo volume and, in spite of a much sportier
roof line, headroom and elbowroom in the rear are best in class. The E400
Wagon will once again will offer a third row folding bench seat as standard
equipment in the USA.

"The new Wagon is as dynamic as the Mercedes-Benz brand and as spacious

as our customers expect. Intelligent features such as the cargo position for

the rear seat backrest with its 40:20:40 split as standard allow even better

use to be made of the generous load-carrying capacity," says Ola Källenius,

member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and responsible for

Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales. "And what is more, the Wagon

obviously has all the innovations of the new E-Class – the most intelligent

executive sedan in the world."

For the market launch in the USA, the new E400 4MATIC Wagon will be

available with a six-cylinder Biturbo engine that generates 329 hp and 354

lb-ft of torque. The E400 4MATIC Wagon is equipped as standard with the

new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.

Intelligent load compartment: large, versatile and easy to access

The E-Class Wagon's load compartment is one of the biggest in the segment

globally. As standard, the rear bench seat has new cargo-related

functionality: it is possible to position the backrest at an approximately 10-degree steeper angle, creating an additional space for cargo while Page 2

continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats.

As with the all-new MY2017 E-Class sedan, the rear seat backrest folds

down in a 40:20:40 split as standard, opening up plenty of potential

configurations between transport capacity and seats. To release the

backrests, there are electric switches located in the load compartment and

to the right and left next to the backrests.

Developers paid particular attention to practical dimensions and innovative

management of the load space. With a minimum load compartment width

between the wheel arches of 43.3 inches, it was possible to retain the

preceding model's already-impressive measurements. The proven combined

cargo cover and net is back, offering both security from prying eyes and

safety. Thanks to an electric motor, the load compartment cover moves

upwards automatically when the tailgate is opened.

The EASY-PACK tailgate provided as part of the standard equipment can be

opened and closed very easily at the touch of a button for comfortable

loading and unloading. Operation is electromechanical. To prevent the

tailgate making contact with the garage roof, for example, it can be halted in

any position.

Optional KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS makes loading cargo

even more convenient: to open the trunk, all that is required is to make a

kicking motion with one’s foot underneath the rear bumper and the trunk lid

will be opened and closed automatically.

A self-levelling rear air suspension continues to be equipped as standard.

This ensures that the Wagon remains level, even when fully loaded with

cargo or when towing. With AIR BODY CONTROL, all-round air suspension is

available as an option.

Exterior design: dynamic proportions, powerful-looking at the rear

The new E-Class Wagon appears modern, confidently stylish and dynamic,

and looks like the E-Class Sedan through to the B-pillar. From the long hood,

a silhouette emerges that flows across the long roof with its sporty curve

into the powerful rear of the wagon with its steeply tapering rear window.

Short overhangs, a long wheelbase and large wheels make for dynamic

proportions. In conjunction with the high beltline, the low, stretched side Page 3

windows make the vehicle seem longer. Flowing into the greenhouse, the

sidewall's positively exaggerated lines extend powerfully towards the rear.

Completing the exterior form, the rear has broad shoulders over the rear

wheel arches for a sensual look. A roof spoiler with a third brake light (LED)

defines how high the broad, functional tailgate can open. From a visual

perspective, horizontal lines at the tail end and the rear window both

emphasize width, as do the horizontally aligned, two-piece LED tail lights

with integral chrome trim. Complementing the form, LED reflectors

underscore the vehicle's character by creating a design highlight by day and

night. On the tailgate, the wide, chrome-plated handle acts as the visual


As on the Sedan, the powerful front will vary depending on the chosen

design and equipment line. The Luxury model features the classic Mercedes

radiator grille with the star on the hood, and the Sport model can be

recognized by the central star on the sports radiator grille. Each variant of

radiator grille gives the E-Class a distinctive character, be that elegant or


Interior design: a synthesis of emotion and intelligence

Inside, too, the Wagon utilizes the Sedan's award-winning design. The

instrument panel can be adorned with two optional wide, high-resolution

displays, each with a 12.3-inch screen. Located under a shared glass cover,

they merge to form a widescreen cockpit. The driver may configure the fully

digital display to show the information and views that are relevant for them.

There are three different styles to choose from: "Classic," "Sport" and

"Progressive." Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel allow the

instrument cluster and multimedia system to be controlled at the swipe of a

finger and have made their debut in the new E-Class.

Further controls are provided in the form of a touchpad with controller in the

center console, which can also recognize handwriting, plus the voice-
operated control system. There are also direct-access buttons for

controlling the air conditioning and for convenient activation and

deactivation of certain driving assistance systems.

High-quality materials define the interior style. They include natural grain

wood, and wood in a yachting look with flowing lines as a contemporary

interpretation of inlaid wood. The use of authentic materials is continued in Page 4

the optionally leather-covered doors and the beltline. Another Mercedes

hallmark is the high-quality look and feel created by meticulous attention to

detail and craftsmanship. Just as carefully composed is the material and

color concept with various shades of brown, including attractive color

combinations such as macchiato beige/espresso brown or macchiato

beige/saddle brown. The design and equipment lines include enhanced

ambient lighting featuring 64 colors, offering plenty of opportunities for

personalized adjustment.

When it comes to the seats, their ergonomic, sculptural form combines

Mercedes-Benz's hallmark suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty

look, featuring a unique design for each line. Other new features in this

segment are Warmth and Comfort package, which includes heated steering

wheel, heated armrests in the doors and on the center console, and the

quickly responding heated front seats Plus.

Relieved of much noise and vibration: one of the quietest wagons

In the interior, the new E-Class Wagon is one of the quietest vehicles in its

class – even though an wagon is at a disadvantage by design compared to a

sedan due to the large resonating body. Quiet running and low vibration

make a significant contribution to the level of energizing comfort,

particularly on long journeys.

A whole raft of measures help to reduce vibrations and noise. As on a

cabriolet, struts strengthen the main floor and front end of the body shell.

For that reason, the vehicle body is very rigid and transmits less noise.

Special insulation on the bodywork (including on the bulkhead, sidewalls and

main floor), as well as sound absorbers under the rear seats and on the

wheel arches, keep noise out of the vehicle interior. The kinematic design of

the chassis, axles and steering system reduces disturbances that can be

caused by road surfaces, the wheels being out-of-balance or when braking.

Engine and transmission mounts have also been optimized in terms of noise


Various aeroacoustic measures have been taken. These include sealed door

handles, seals on the door joints and optimizing details associated with the

geometry of the sealing sections for the side windows. Improvements have

also been made to the formed parts for the inside sealing rails so that these

are connected to the window run channel without any gaps by positive Page 5

locking. As on the E-Class Sedan, the exterior mirrors and A-pillar have been

optimized in terms of aeroacoustics. The roof structure and the tilt/sliding

sunroof module have been aeroacoustically improved to benefit noise

comfort in these areas too. In the case of the panoramic sliding sunroof,

multiple wind-deflection measures (wind deflector, covers and seals with the

appropriate geometry) ensure the same high level of noise comfort as in the

preceding model, despite the larger aperture.

The Acoustic & Comfort package is available for US customers on both the

sedan and wagon models. A special acoustic film in the windscreen and side

windows ensures low levels of background noise in the vehicle interior. The

Acoustic Comfort package contains further sound- insulating measures such

as additional insulation in the rear footwell and on the center tunnel. To

provide excellent heat insulation in the interior, the windscreen, side

windows and rear windows are made of laminated safety glass with another

layer of film that absorbs infrared. Surfaces in the interior like the armrests,

steering wheel and seats get less hot from solar radiation as a result.

Intelligent Drive: all the E-Class innovations are on-board

As the most intelligent executive sedan, the E-Class sets new benchmarks in

terms of safety, comfort and reducing the driver's workload. These

innovations are, of course, also available on the wagon. Active Brake Assist

is fitted as standard. It is able to warn the driver of impending collisions,

provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, also

autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or

stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing the danger zone

ahead of the vehicle.

Other highlights include DRIVE PILOT: this system represents Mercedes-
Benz's next step along the road to autonomous driving. Distance Pilot

DISTRONIC is not only able to automatically keep the car the correct

distance behind vehicles in front on all types of road, it can also follow them

at a speed of up to 130 mph.





Looks lovely like a grown up C class, wouldn't it be nice if we got the E400 variant. That would be the absolute sweet spot.

Sadly we'll get the E220d the E350d and an insane V8 that drops money with probably very little else.

I realise we'll probably get an E43 AMG Estate, but really I'd just like an E400 without 20" wheels and butt hugging seats. Just like everyone else in the world gets.
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Sadly we'll get the E220d the E350d and an insane V8 that drops money with probably very little else.
I think you're being a bit harsh on MB UK. Without question we'll get the option of a black interior with aluminium trim or a black interior with piano black trim. We'll also be able to spec a package of options we don't want just so we can get the one option we do.
On a par with the C class wagon. Two really good looking cars.
2017 Mercedes E Class Wagon Unveiling - Video

2017 Mercedes E Class Wagon Unveiling - Video

It looks great, I think, but so so similar to the C-class. I know it's a subjective thing, and I know it has been referred to in many threads on this forum, but I do think previous generations of C, E and S were more distinguishable from one another than the current ones. All imho of course.
Yes please. Just 1, in white. Yum yum.
Looks lovely like a grown up C class, wouldn't it be nice if we got the E400 variant. That would be the absolute sweet spot.

Sadly we'll get the E220d the E350d and an insane V8 that drops money with probably very little else.

I realise we'll probably get an E43 AMG Estate, but really I'd just like an E400 without 20" wheels and butt hugging seats. Just like everyone else in the world gets.

The E43 comes with 19" wheels and two seat options. Surely you can just go for that and stop your complaining? :D
JBD said:
The E43 comes with 19" wheels and two seat options. Surely you can just go for that and stop your complaining? :D
I've had an W212 E350 estate for the last four years and I can't fault the performance in any way. It regularly crucify's much more expensive options.
What is it with white Mercs??? To match the Hobby craft and the transit?? (Oft!?!)

HOW VERY DARE YOU! I don't have a transit, I have a Vito,,,, in white. :D

Not sure why I said White. I've never had a white car, just think they look nice with night pack and pano roof.

What predictable colour is your lovely 535d?
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Space grey!!
The interior is a good upgrade, but the exterior, the front especially, is maybe too similar to current car, may go for a v90 next summer just for a change. That's if I can cope with less space in the rear.

cheers, Steve

Great for me having just purchased one of the last S212 in E350 Night Edition guise, there is to my mind not a huge difference in looks externally, I would probably have to do a double take once they start appearing on the road.

I do love the interior though but would never buy a white or cream for an estate car.

Will gave a good look once they appear in showrooms.

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