Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon for 2010
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagons
arriving in Australia during the first quarter in 2010.
6th August, 2009
- Functional: top marks for load capacity and ease of operation
- Safe: nine airbags as standard, plus innovative driver assistance systems
- Comfortable: adaptive damping and self-levelling rear suspension
- Powerful: choice of ten engines with more output and lower consumption
This November Mercedes-Benz is launching the Estate version of the award-winning E-Class in Europe,
adding another highly distinctive member to the model family.
Like the Saloon and Coupé, the Estate combines unique design with leadership in safety, comfort,
quality and practicality. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class marks the debut of a number of technical
innovations which no other car in the world in this category is able to offer -- from drowsiness
detection to automatic emergency braking when an accident is recognised as imminent to the Adaptive
Highbeam Assist headlights. Naturally, the Estate also features these innovations. Plus air
suspension with self-levelling at the rear as standard and unique new load compartment management
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is seen as the original premium lifestyle estate, entering the
segment more than 30 years ago. Since the launch of the first Estate in 1977, more than one million
customers have discovered their enthusiasm for this most practical way of driving a Mercedes luxury
car. This success story is set to be continued by the fifth generation of the E-Class Estate –
following up on the successful launch of the Saloon. Introduced in Australia only last month, the
E-Class Saloon had already achieved world-wide market leadership in its segment by May 2009. Some
40,000 new E-Class models have now been delivered to customers globally.
The performance of the Saloon and Coupé in the 2009 AutoBild Design Awards shows how well the
striking lines of the E-Class have been received: more than 100,000 readers of this German motoring
publication recently voted the four-door model the most beautiful car in the world, and gave the
two-door model first place in the Coupé/Cabriolet category.
Design: new Mercedes hallmarks combined with E-Class styling features
The new Estate immediately makes an athletic and practical, but also effortlessly superior and
safe impression. Its distinctive design character is based on the new Mercedes style, which had its
debut in the S-Class and is now also represented in the C-Class. One of its main features is the
interplay between concave and taut surfaces, which are defined by dynamic edges and structured
The side view reveals many new elements, leaving no doubt about the identity of the new Estate.
The B- and C-pillars appear to merge into the background thanks to glossy, black trim panels, making
the entire side window area look like a single entity. This leads to a taut arch leading from the
sculptured A-pillar to the dramatic roof line and the downward-tapering D-pillar, all resting on the
athletic shoulder line of the Estate. The intriguing design of the door sill panels, which are
visually understated in the centre but feature a prominent light-catching contour towards the wheel
arches, accentuates the dramatic overall effect of the side aspect. This is additionally emphasised
by the 'muscular', sweeping line on the rear side panel in front of the rear wheel.
When shaping the rear end, the Mercedes designers took care to give expression to the high
practicality of the new model. They did this by emphasising horizontal lines, for example the band
formed by the tail lights and the chromed tailgate handle. The new LED tail lights are based on a
two-piece design, and provide a visual continuation of the side wall into the tailgate. Both by day
and night, their distinctive design is a major recognition factor for the E-Class Estate. This is
the largest estate car in the premium segment, and it makes no secret of the fact.
Practicality: top marks for load capacity and ease of operation
One particularly special feature of the load compartment management system is the option of
opening the standard-fit EASY-PACK tailgate automatically by using the ignition key or pressing the
handle if the car needs to be loaded from behind.
The innovative "quickfold" system enables the rear seat backrests to be folded down from the
load compartment. Neither the head restraints nor the rear-seat cushions need to be adjusted
beforehand in order to be able to do this. The two backrest sections are unlocked and folded down by
a cable pull, providing a level loading surface. As another useful feature, either the left or right
backrest sections, or both together, can be folded down. This enables the rear seat unit to be used
by passengers even when long and bulky items are being carried. The backrest sections can also be
unlocked and folded down from the side.
It is now also much easier to use the combined luggage compartment cover and retaining net, which
is attached at beltline level for the first time, making it far simpler to install and remove in
With a load capacity of up to 1,950 litres, the new E-Class Estate (length/width/ height:
4,895/1,854/1,471 millimetres) sets the standard in its class. Apart from the load compartment
capacity itself, other dimensions of great practical importance – such as the rear aperture, load
compartment sill and maximum load compartment length – demonstrate the expertise of Mercedes-Benz
when it comes to estate car engineering.
It is not only in the load compartment that the generous dimensions of the preceding model have
been improved even further in many respects. Two examples in the interior illustrate this: the elbow
width in the rear has been increased by 50 millimetres to 1,505 millimetres. Rear headroom with the
large tilting/sliding sunroof installed has also improved by 50 millimetres to 1,010 millimetres, and
is almost as generous as in versions with no sunroof (1,012 mm).
An exemplary load management system is specified as standard. For example, the automatically
opening and closing EASY-PACK tailgate with automatic raising of the load compartment cover, or the
EASY-PACK folding load compartment floor. The latter considerably increases the usable height of the
load compartment. It can be folded up and secured in various positions.
Standard equipment also includes the EASY-PACK load compartment cover with a load securing net.
When extended, the load compartment cover can be hooked into electrically powered carriers on the
D-pillars. When the tailgate is opened, the load compartment cover is automatically raised to allow
unobstructed loading and unloading. The optional folding bench seat for the load compartment is also
unique in this vehicle segment.
Safety: nine airbags as standard, plus innovative driver assistance systems
Mercedes-Benz has consolidated its leadership in safety even further with the new E-Class. Around
one dozen new or modified driver assistance systems help to prevent road accidents or at least reduce
the severity of the impact. These include the standard ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system,
the optional DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control and the optional PRE-SAFE>® Brake, which is able to
initiate partial and full emergency braking autonomously. For the first time, PRE-SAFE® is also able
to use only the information received from the short-range sensors in the front bumper to tension the
front seat belts at the last moment before an accident is recognised as unavoidable, thereby reducing
the loads exerted on the driver and front passenger during the crash.
With nine airbags fitted as standard, four belt tensioners and belt force limiters, and NECK-PRO
crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger, the new E-Class offers an even
more extensive package of safety equipment than its predecessor. The airbags, which can deploy in a
matter of milliseconds in the event of an accident, include two adaptive airbags for the driver and
front passenger, a kneebag for the driver, two sidebags in the front-seat backrests and two large
windowbags which extend from the A-pillar to the C-pillar during a side impact. Pelvis bags for the
front occupants are also included for the first time. These reduce the loads acting on the torso
and pelvic area during a lateral collision.
Sidebags for the rear seat passengers are also available.
As a further safety innovation, Mercedes-Benz also offers optional, self-adaptive belt force
limiters for the rear. These adjust to the size and weight of the passengers, and also become
available for the Saloon with the introduction of the Estate.
Suspension: automatic self-levelling at the rear as standard
Outstanding comfort on long journeys in the Estate is ensured by the newly developed DIRECT
CONTROL suspension, which features the adaptive damping system as standard. The likewise standard
self-levelling rear suspension sees to it that the Estate always remains at the same level, even
when fully laden.
The Estate's suspension set-up has also been adapted to suit the modified body geometry, with
slightly stiffer shock absorber settings and torsion bar stabilisers, making the Estate just as
agile as the Saloon without having to make compromises in terms of road roar and tyre vibration
Engines: considerable reduction in fuel consumption and emissions
The fuel consumption and emissions of the new Estate have been considerably reduced by new
engines and numerous optimisation measures (aerodynamics, weight, energy management, reduced
resistances). One prime example is the E 250 CDI with an output of 150 kW and a peak torque of 500
Nm, whose fuel consumption is only 5.7 litres per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 150 g per km (NEDC
The engine line-up available for the new Estate at launch in Europe comprises five units
developing between 125 kW and 285 kW. Though with a lower displacement, the new and modified
engines generate more output than their predecessors, while impressing with fuel consumption
figures that were previously only found in the compact class. This was made possible by numerous
innovations, for example spray-guided direct injection for the E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY petrol
The four-cylinder CDI engines partly owe their exceptional status to newly developed piezo
injectors and two-stage turbocharging. All the powerplants meet the requirements of the EU5 emission
The essential details about the new E-Class estate are listed below. Please note that Australian
specifications and pricing will be announced closer to this model’s local release, which is currently
expected to be in the first quarter of 2010.
- E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY: 4-cylinder in-line, 2143 cc, 125 kW, 5.7-5.8 l per
100 km, CO2 150-153 g/km, 6-speed manual transmission
- E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY: 4-cylinder in-line, 2143 cc, 150 kW, 5.7-5.8 l/100
km, CO2 150-153 g/km, 6-speed manual transmission
- E 350 CDI Blue-EFFICIENCY: V6, 2987 cc, 170 kW, 7.0-7.3 l/100 km,
CO2 185-192 g/km, 7-speed automatic transmission
- E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY: V6, 3498 cc, 215 kW, 8.6–8.9 l/100 km,
CO2 200-208 g/km, 7-speed automatic transmission
- E 500: V8, 5461 cc, 285 kW, 11.1–11.2 l/100 km, CO2 258-260 g/km,
7-speed automatic transmission
The following additional models are available in Europe from the first quarter of 2010 onwards:
- E 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY: 4-cylinder in-line, 2143 cc, 100 kW, 5.7* l/100
km, CO2 150* g/km, 6-speed manual transmission,
- E 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY: V6, 2987 cc, 170 kW, 7.6–7.7 l/100 km,
CO2 200-203 g/km, 7-speed automatic transmission,
- E 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY: 4-cylinder in-line, 1796 cc, 135 kW, 7.7* l/100
km, CO2 179* g/km, 6-speed manual transmission,
- E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY: 4-cylinder in-line, 1796 cc, 150 kW, 8.0-8.2 l/100
km, CO2 185-191 g/km, 5-speed automatic transmission
- E 350 4MATIC: V6, 3498 cc, 200 kW, 10.2-10.3 l/100 km, CO2
238-241 g/km, 7-speed automatic transmission
*Provisional NEDC figures