The new Mercedes E-Class Estate is just a few months away with the first orders being delivered in October. What can motorists expect from the upgraded version of one of Mercedes' most successful cars?
Starting with the interior and there are plenty of luxury features included that Mercedes have become famous for over the years. Those familiar with the Saloon model will recognise some of the high-quality additions to the Estate, which borrows much of its interior design from that car. The area of the E-Class Estate's design that has come in for the most praise is the sheer amount of space that its able to offer. If you choose to keep the back seats up then you'll get around 670-litres of boot space - fold these down and this opens up total space of around 1,820-litres which puts the E-Class Estate firmly in the top group of luxury Estate cars for interior luggage space.
There will also be a 9G-Tronic auto gearbox included as standard.
The technology and equipment list is fairly vast, especially the higher in spec you go, but its worth noting that at the top of the tree you'll get a 12-inch screen which, if you're willing to pay for it, will make the E-Class Estate an extremely smooth & high-tech drive. Some of that other technology available includes hands-free tailgate, keyless go as well all the useful safety tech such as Remote Parking Pilot, Active Brake Assist & Mercedes version of Adapative Cruise Control: 'Distance Pilot Distronic'.
The similarities with the Estate do not end at the interior, the exterior design has been entirely modelled on the Saloon with the front appearing pretty much entirely the same as that model. Those who may think it would be strange to adapt this style to the Estate will find themselves pleasantly surprised at how smart the E-Class Estate's current design appears.
The engines available in the Estate also mirror the Saloon with the E 220d diesel starting as the first available engine. What does this give you in terms of performance? The E220d will do 0-62mph in around 7.7 seconds and gives 67.2mpg & an estimated 109g/km of CO2 emissions. The Estate range will be expanded following release with the E350d and E200d also arriving as well as a selection of more powerful engines including the AMG E63 for those requiring an extra boost of power.