Huge estate launched at the Frankfurt motor show
16 September 2009

This is the Mercedes E-class estate, which has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show.

Mercedes claims its designers used long horizontal lines to emphasis the car’s sporty looks and practical nature. Blacked out B and C-pillars feature, which blend into the privacy glass. Other design features include its flared wheel arches, an automatic tailgate and new LED front and rear lights.

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The E-class estate can seat seven people and a quick fold third row of seats features to maximise luggage capacity. The boot’s capacity is 1950 litres, which is 266 litres more than the new BMW 5-series GT.

Equipment includes a direct control suspension system with adaptive damping, while safety kit includes nine airbags, a drowsiness detection system (advanced cruise control and automatic braking in emergencies.

The estate will initially be offered with three diesel and two petrol engines. Petrol models include the 288bhp E350 CGI BlueEfficiency and the 383bhp E500. The diesel models include the 168bhp E220 CDI BlueEfficiency, the 201bhp E250 CDI BlueEfficiency, and the 228bhp E350 CDI BlueEfficiency.

The E-class estate will go on sale in November, with prices set to be announced nearer the launch.

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16 September 2009

Am i the only one who thinks German car designers have lost the plot? There was a time when the E class was quite svelt, a restrained stylish look. Now its just bold and ugly. Many people appear to pick either a BM or Merc. they wont be buying either because of style i guess.

17 September 2009

I like it, even if those 'hips' at the rear do look a little awkward still. It's certainly still the classiest big estate on the market as far as I'm concerned and if I was in the market for a luxury estate I'd choose this over the BMW 5-series, Audi A6 or Volvo V70 anyday. Now if Jaguar were to make an estate version of the XF I'd have real trouble deciding!

17 September 2009

Good work Mercedes! Looks fantastic. Especially the AMG wagon.

17 September 2009

[quote artill]Am i the only one who thinks German car designers have lost the plot?[/quote]

people who use the term 'have lost the plot' have er, lost the plot, to coin a phrase.

[quote artill]There was a time when the E class was quite svelt,[/quote]

there was also a time when it was svelte.

[quote artill]Now its just bold and ugly.[/quote]

- now you've lost the plot.[quote artill]they wont be buying either[BMW or a Merc] because of style i guess. [/quote]

2 million+ people each year say you've lost the plot. Maybe you should buy, er, a plot and take up gardening - you appear to have an intellectual compatability with vegetables.

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