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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate arrives in Australia, January 2010 - Image Copyright Mercedes-Benz - Image Displayed at
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21st J
anuary 2010

The first new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estates have arrived in Australia and local deliveries have now commenced. The Estate launch follows on from the successful local release of the E-Class Sedan and Coupe in August 2009. The E-Class range will be complete in April 2010 with the release of the E-Class cabriolet.

The first Australian 212-series E-Class estate model to be released is the petrol V6-powered E 350. With a manufacturer’s list price of $138,100 before on road costs, it is priced 2.4 percent lower than the model it replaces and gains $8,400 in new standard equipment.

With Mercedes-Benz, like many manufacturers, maintaining diligence with stock post global financial crisis combining with Mercedes-Benz Australia enjoying success with improved sales volumes, the entire first shipment is already sold out.

Functional: 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.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate arrives in Australia, January 2010 - Image Copyright Mercedes-Benz - Image Displayed at innovative "quickfold" system enables the rear 1/3:2/3-split seat backrests to be folded down by a cable pull from the load compartment. Neither the head restraints nor the rear-seat cushions need to be adjusted or folded down beforehand in order to be able to do this and create 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 also by passengers even when long and bulky items are being carried. The backrest sections can also be unlocked and folded down from the side, inside on the C-pillar.

It is now also much easier to use the combined luggage compartment cover and retaining net, which is fitted as standard. This has been attached at beltline level for the first time, making it far simpler to install and remove in various positions, both from within the luggage compartment itself as well as from the interior. At the same time, it no longer interferes with the folding forward of the rear seat backrests. When transporting large loads, the combined luggage compartment cover and retaining net can also be secured to the folded backrests, enabling the retaining net and cover to continue to be used.

With a load capacity of up to 1950 litres, the new E 350 Estate (length/width/height: 4895/1854/1512 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, rear sill height or maximum load length, demonstrate the expertise of Mercedes-Benz in estate car engineering.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate arrives in Australia, January 2010 - Image Copyright Mercedes-Benz - Image Displayed at 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 51 millimetres to 1505 millimetres. Rear headroom with the large tilting/sliding sunroof installed has also improved by 46 millimetres to 1010 millimetres, and is almost as generous as in versions with no sunroof (1012 mm).

An exemplary load management system is specified as standard; for example, the automatically opening tailgate with automatic lifting of the load compartment cover. When the tailgate is opened, the load compartment cover is automatically raised to allow unobstructed loading and unloading.

Also fitted as standard is the EASY-PACK folding load compartment floor, which considerably increases the usable height of the load compartment. It can be folded up and secured in various positions.

Standard equipment also includes the load securing net, which is combined with the load compartment cover and secured discreetly at beltline level. The optional folding bench seat for the load compartment - designed to accommodate two additional passengers up to 50 kg in weight and 140 cm in height - 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 improved driver assistance systems help to prevent 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 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 on the driver and front passenger during the crash. In addition, with the all-electric seats with memory function (standard equipment) the front passenger seat is also adjusted into an optimum position.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate arrives in Australia, January 2010 - Image Copyright Mercedes-Benz - Image Displayed at nine airbags fitted as standard, four seat-belt tensioners and belt-force limiters plus NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints, 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. Pelvisbags for the front occupants are also included for the first time. These reduce the loads acting on the pelvic area, especially during a lateral collision. Sidebags are also fitted for the rear seat passengers.

As a further safety innovation, Mercedes-Benz equips the new E-Class Estate with self-adaptive belt force limiters for the outer rear-seat passengers.

Like the Saloon and Coupé, the Estate combines its own, elegant design with leadership in safety, comfort, quality and practicality. A number of technical innovations have been incorporated into the new E-Class which no other car in this class is able to offer - from drowsiness detection and automatic emergency braking when an accident is recognised as imminent, to Adaptive Highbeam Assist and the active bonnet. Naturally the E 350 Estate also features all these innovations. Self-levelling air suspension and unique new load compartment management features are also highlights of the new Estate. This area also comes equipped with a third row of seats, something unique among the competition.

The E-Class Estate is seen as the founder of the premium lifestyle estate segment, commencing 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 saloon. This success story is set to be continued by the fifth generation of the E-Class Estate – at the same time following up on the successful launch of the Sedan.

The performance of the Sedan 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 the German motoring publication voted the four-door model the most beautiful car in the world, and gave the two-door model first place in the Coupé/Convertible category.

Design: new Mercedes handwriting combined with E-Class styling features
The new Estate immediately makes an athletic and practical, but also serene 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 characteristics is the interplay between concave and taut surfaces, which feature dynamic edges and structured contours.

The side view reveals many new features, 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 unit. This leads to an expressive arch leading from the 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 section in front of the rear wheel.

When forming the rear end, the Mercedes designers took care to give expression to the great 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 of two-part design, and create a visual continuation of the side wall into the tailgate itself. Both by day and night, their distinctive design is a recognition factor for the new Estate. The D-pillar, which tapers downwards from the roof to the beltline, contributes to the particularly large tailgate. The E-Class Estate is the largest estate car in the premium segment, and it makes no secret of the fact.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate arrives in Australia, January 2010 - Image Copyright Mercedes-Benz - Image Displayed at automatic self-levelling at the rear as standard
Outstanding comfort on long journeys in the E 350 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 ensures that the Estate always remains at the same level, even when fully loaded. The suspension setup of the Estate has also been adapted to suit the modified body geometry, with slightly stiffer shock absorber settings and torsion bar stabilisers. Without any penalty in road roar and tyre vibration characteristics, this makes the Estate just as agile as the Sedan.

In the interests of favourable axle kinematics, superior vibrational comfort and improved safety, the lower link of the three-link front suspension with McPherson struts consists of two separate elements which act as torque and cross struts. In addition to precise wheel location, this design has the particular advantage of compensating vibrations caused by tyre imbalances or fluctuating brake forces better than rigid wishbones.

In the interests of greater comfort and agility, the multi-link independent suspension so successful for more than 25 years was re-engineered for use in the new E-Class. Modifications included the front cross-bar of the axle housing, which is now supported by the vehicle body over a wider area. This reduces the forces transmitted into the passenger compartment, a comfort feature that is particularly noticeable when crossing transverse joints in the road surface.

Engine: strong and efficient performance
Powering the all-new E 350 Estate is the popular 3.5-litre V6 engine. This petrol-powered unit will be familiar to Australian customers; it is available in both the E-Class sedan and Coupé. The engine produces 200kW of power and 350Nm of torque, consuming 9.9-litres/100km (according to ADR 81/02).

The all-new E 350 Estate has a manufacturer’s list price of $138,100, 2.4 percent lower than the outgoing E 350 Estate. In addition, the new model gains $8,400 in new standard equipment.

The manufacturer's list price includes GST and luxury car tax but excludes dealer delivery and on road costs such as registration fees, stamp duty etc. Please contact your preferred authorised Mercedes-Benz dealer for exact drive away pricing.

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