Spy pics reveal bigger new E-class wagon
5 January 2009

This is the new Mercedes E-class estate, spied undergoing final tests ahead of its on-sale date in October. It will join the new Mercedes E-class saloon, unveiled at next week’s Detroit motor show.

The new Mercedes E-class estate will be larger than the outgoing model. There’s no official word on boot capacity, but sources say the new E-class’s interior packaging has been greatly improved.

The new E-class estate gets a range of 2.5-litre, 3.0-litre and 3.5-litre V6 petrol engines, along with naturally aspirated and twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesels. The UK will also get a Mercedes E250 BlueEfficiency model, powered by the company’s new twin-turbo 2.2-litre four-pot diesel.

High-spec models will include an E450 and an E500, powered by a 340bhp 4.6-litre V8 and a 388bhp 5.5-litre V8 respectively. A 4Matic four-wheel drive system could be introduced on right-hand-drive versions from 2011.

In a bid to match BMW’s Efficient Dynamics green tech, Mercedes will add BlueEfficiency technology to all V6 E-classes as well as the E250. This package includes aerodynamic tweaks, disconnecting alternators and power steering pumps that switch off when they are not required.

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The E-class more than lives up to traditional Mercedes values

The E-Class is a refined and relaxing return to old Mercedes qualities

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Mercedes is keen to reintroduce advanced technology to the E-class, despite having to abandon brake-by-wire in the current car and being plagued by electrical faults on the previous model. Carry-over tech from the S-class will include an improved night vision system and the latest sat-nav. Lane departure warning and a fatigue detection system will be options.

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Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The E-class more than lives up to traditional Mercedes values

The E-Class is a refined and relaxing return to old Mercedes qualities

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Driven this week