The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is available to order now, priced from £37,935 for the E 220 d SE, and £40,430 for the E 220 d AMG Line.
The four-cylinder diesel E 220 d has 191bhp and 295lb ft of torque, along with a combined fuel economy figure 67.3mpg and 109g/km of CO2 emissions. Mercedes' nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard.
The starting price remains fairly close to the £36,660 of today’s best-selling model, the E 220 d Estate, but more expensive than similarly equipped versions of the BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant, which cost £36,365 and £35,875 respectively.
SE trim on the E-Class Estate gets features such as sat-nav, chrome roof rails, DAB radio and 17in alloys. Upgrading to AMG Line brings 19in alloys and black ash wood trim inside with AMG sports detailing.
The entry-level 148bhp E 200 d engine won't be used in the E-Class Estate, and will instead be added to the E-Class saloon range.
The E 350 d and AMG E 43 versions will join the range in October this year, and pricing will be announced then. The E 43 is expected to get 396bhp. A seven-seat version, which will be launched later, has also been confirmed.
An AMG E 63 looks set to top the range with a power output of 563bhp, rising to 603bhp for the E 63 S version, both with Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
The new estate is a typically commodious but slightly less accommodating model than its strong-selling predecessor.
The new E-Class Estate takes its styling inspiration from the smaller C-Class Estate, sporting a significantly less angular, more flowing look than its predecessor.
The front-end design, from the bonnet to the back edge of the front doors, is shared with the E-Class saloon, but the roof is fitted with aluminium roof rails. Unlike recent E-Class Estate models, the tailgate is angled slightly and there’s now greater tapering towards the rear, providing a less boxy shape than before.
As with its saloon sibling, there are two separate grille treatments. Base and Exclusive Line trim models have a classic chromed treatment, while Avantgarde and AMG Line trim models get a more sporting look with a large three-pointed star in the middle of the grille.
Inside, the cabin is virtually identical to that of the latest E-Class saloon, with an optional dual-screen instrument and infotainment system dominating the dashboard.
At 670 litres, luggage capacity is 25 litres down on that of the outgoing E-Class Estate. However, it is still 105 litres more than that offered by the A6 Avant and 110 litres more than the 5 Series Touring.