The 2017 Mercedes E Class Estate seems almost ready to go official.
Codenamed S213, the all-new E Class Estate was spotted during final testing phase with very little disguise applied only on the rear end. Frankly, there’s not much to hide as we can clearly see the midsize wagon’s design will echo the C Class Estate, just like the E and S sedans share a lot of the styling.
With wagons it’s all about cargo capacity and in this case it should be very generous taking into account the outgoing E Class Estate can carry 24.5 cubic feet (695 liters). If you fold the rear bench, the available luggage room jumps to a gigantic 68.8 feet (1,950 liters). Since the E Class Sedan is 1.7 inches (43 mm) longer than its predecessor, we expect the wagon to be stretched as well. This could bring an increase in trunk size beyond the current impressive numbers.
The wheelbase will be definitely shared with the sedan, so it will stand at 115.7 inches (2.93 meters). This is an increase of 2.6 inches (66 mm) and in return passengers will get to enjoy more legroom. Despite the larger footprint, the new E Class Estate is expected to lose a few after making the switch to the MRA platform.
It would be futile to talk about the engine lineup as this will be carried over from the sedan. Perhaps it’s still worth mentioning what will be the bread and butter of the range, the new turbodiesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. It will be found in the E220d with 192 horsepower (143 kilowatts) and a maximum torque of 295 pound-feet (400 newton meters). This engine is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than the 2.1-liter unit it replaces and in the new E220d it will be teamed up exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re not really interested in fuel economy, Mercedes-AMG is already hard at work testing the range-topping E63 Estate. It will come out early 2017 with an evolution of the biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that could develop as much as 580 hp in the E63 S.
Before that happens, expect Mercedes-Benz to introduce the regular E Class Estate in the following months.