The 2017 Mercedes E Class Estate is back in a new set of spy images and footage with near-production prototypes carrying only rear camouflage.

Parked next to the model is about to replace, the new E Class Estate (S213) adopts a rather unsurprising design as it has a lot in common with its smaller brother, the C Class Estate. The camouflage on the rear end is a bit useless as we basically know how the more practical E will look like. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, we are certain many people would prefer a more diversified design among the range, especially since we’re talking about two models from different segments.

The outgoing E Class Estate has a huge cargo capacity of up to 24.5 cubic feet (695 liters) with the rear seats in place and 68.8 feet (1,950 liters) once you fold them down. We expect at least the same level of practicality from the new model all wrapped around in a lighter package as a result of making the switch to the MRA platform.

Chances are the bread and butter of the engine range will be the newly developed turbodiesel 2.0-liter powering the E220d. It’s lighter, smaller, and more powerful than the 2.1-liter unit it replaces and brings increased fuel economy and fewer emissions. The engine is rated at 192 horsepower (143 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 newton meters) of torque and works with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Taking into account that Mercedes is only masking the rear end of these prototypes, one can assume that an official reveal will occur soon. It won’t be exhibited in Geneva as it would clash with the C Class Cabriolet, but we will likely see it in the months to come.

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