The New Mercedes E-Class Has Arrived In Style
By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 16:05
Innovative engineering and a compelling conception of space make the new E-Class the most intelligent estate that Mercedes-Benz has ever built. At the same time, the first performance stage celebrates its première in the shape of the Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC.
“The new Estate 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 Estate obviously has all the innovations of the new E-Class – the most intelligent executive saloon in the world.”
For the UK market launch, the new estate will be available as an E 220 d (143 kW/194 hp) featuring an entirely newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the E 350 d will follow, which has a six-cylinder diesel engine. At market launch, all models are equipped as standard with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.
The first performance stage of this all-rounder is the Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC Estate, which will likewise be available from the fourth quarter. With the powerful 295 kW (401 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shortened shift times, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive and model-specific sports suspension, it boasts the AMG brand’s hallmark driving performance and increased agility.
The model line-up at a glance:
|E 220 d||E 350 d|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||4/in-line||6/V|
|Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)||143/194 at 3800||190/258 at 3400|
|Rated torque (Nm at rpm)||400 at 1600-2800||620 at 1600-2400|
|Combined NEDC fuel consumption (l/100 km)||4.2||5.4|
|Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)||109||140|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||7.7||6.2*|
|Top speed (km/h)||235||250|
Figures for version with 9G-TRONIC, *provisional figure
|E 43 4MATIC|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||6/V|
|Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)||295/401 at 6100|
|Rated torque (Nm at rpm)||520 at 2500-5000|
|Combined NEDC fuel consumption (l/100 km)||8.4|
|Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)||192|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||4.7|
|Top speed (km/h)||250*|
Figures for version with 9G-TRONIC,*electronically limited
Intelligent load compartment: large, versatile and easy to access
With a capacity of 670 to 1820 litres, the E-Class Estate’s load compartment is one of the biggest in the segment. 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. This creates an additional 30 litres of cargo volume while continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats.
In addition, 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.
The developers paid particular attention to practical dimensions and innovative management of the load space: for instance, the new E-Class Estate is one of the few car models that can accommodate a Europallet. With a minimum load compartment width between the wheel arches of 1100 millimetres, it was possible to retain the preceding model’s very good measurement. The proven combined cargo cover and net is back, offering both security from prying eyes and safety. Thanks to the electric drive, the load compartment cover moves upwards 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 and its opening angle limited.
Optional KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS makes loading even more convenient: all that is required is to make a kicking motion with a foot underneath the rear bumper and the boot lid can be opened and closed fully automatically. You don’t need to have your hands free or to place any items of luggage on the ground. This ease of operation is now also possible in conjunction with the trailer coupling (optional extra).
The EASY-PACK load-securing kit (optional extra) allows the load compartment to be used in a versatile and safe manner. This clever solution for managing the load space includes rails in the vehicle floor, fasteners, a telescopic rod and luggage holders.
A self-levelling rear air suspension continues to be part of the vehicle concept as standard. This ensures that the Estate always stays horizontal, even when fully laden (up to 745 kg depending on the model) or with all the towing capacity in use (up to 2100 kg). With AIR BODY CONTROL, all-round air suspension is available as an option.
The now fully power-adjustable retractable and extendible trailer coupling with ESP® trailer stabilisation and Crosswind Assist (optional extra) also offers a high level of everyday utility. If the trailer coupling is not needed, it disappears behind the rear bumper. To hitch up a trailer or mount a cycle rack, simply swing it out using the electric controls and automatically keep it in place in the operational position. The controls for this are located in the tailgate or driver’s door.
Exceptionally secure and easy to fit, the holding device for cycle racks is a world first. The trailer coupling has two extra bolts on the ball coupling to support a suitable cycle rack safely. This enabled the load capacity to be increased to 100 kg and four bikes.