Wagon will go on sale early next year.

Following a preview last week, Mercedes has officially unveiled the 2017 E-Class Wagon. Set to go on sale in the United States early next year, the model follows in the footsteps of the sedan and adopts a stylish exterior that features a familiar front fascia, a gently sloping roof, and LED taillights. The model also comes standard with an Easy-Pack tailgate which can be opened or closed with the touch of a button.

The upscale interior features wood trim and a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive control buttons that respond to swiping movements. Drivers will also find an accommodating cargo compartment, a standard third row seat, a new touchpad controller with handwriting recognition technology.

An assortment of different options will be available including an ambient lighting system, two 12.3-inch displays, and a Warmth and Comfort package which includes a heated steering wheel, heated armrests, and upgraded heated front seats. Customers can also order an assortment of Drive Pilot technologies including a Distance Pilot Distronic system which can "automatically keep the car the correct distance behind vehicles in front" and follow them at a speed up to 130 miles per hour.

In the United States, the E400 Wagon will be powered by a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that produces 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It will be connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission with a standard all-wheel drive system.

The United States will miss out on the AMG E43 Wagon but the company says another AMG variant has not been ruled out. Mercedes has given us the AMG E63 Wagon before, so here's hoping we get a new version, too.

 

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA

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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

centerpiece.

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

sporty.

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

levels.

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.

50 years ago: the first official Mercedes-Benz wagon

In August 1966, the Mercedes-Benz Universal made its debut within the

official Mercedes-Benz sales program. This station wagon was built by IMA,

a partner in Belgium, on the basis of the 200 D and 230 S fintail models. Page 6

Innovations included split rear seat backrest, self-levelling rear suspension

and an optional third row of seats: only 2754 of them were built in the years

up to 1969. Due to low sales, the development of a successor based on the

Stroke 8 model was abandoned.

New name, new model, new success

In April 1978, the Wagon 123 model entered full series production and a

long success story began – well over a million wagon models have been built

to date. In Germany, the Wagon is known as the "T-Modell" and although the

"T" suggests tourism and transport, it also stands for trendsetter. For

Mercedes-Benz, the Wagon model is an integral part of the luxury segment

and has a loyal fan base, particularly in Germany. There has been a "T-
Model" in every successive generation of the E-Class (S 124, S 210, S 211,

S 212). Competitors have also followed in its wake, some of them

considerably later.