The Mercedes E Class Estate has been spied virtually undisguised sitting next to the outgoing model.

Set to be introduced later this year, the wagon follows in the footsteps of the E Class sedan and adopts a two-bar grille and stylish bodywork.  The rear end is covered by plastic sheeting but it features a tailgate-mounted spoiler, wraparound taillights, and an elegant dual exhaust system.

The interior will carryover from the sedan so customers can expect higher quality materials and a number of high-end features including a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive control buttons that respond to horizontal and vertical swiping movements.  The wagon will also be offered with an assortment of options including an ambient lighting package, a Burmester 3D surround sound system, and a digital instrument cluster which uses two 12.3-inch displays.

Under the hood, a variety of different engines will be available including a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.  Mercedes could also offer a plug-in hybrid variant which has a four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack.  It enables the sedan to produce 279 hp and travel approximately 18.6 miles on electricity alone.

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