With more than 40,000 units sold since its debut ealier this year, the new Mercedes Benz E Class is one of company’s current best selling vehicles and, as expected, the range just got bigger, Mercedes announcing today the new E Class Estate, which is scheduled to go on sale in November.
And since the most important features of a wagon are the practical ones (maybe except for the Audi RS6 Avant), Mercedes made sure the E Estate buyers will make full use of their cars. 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 “quickfold” system enables the rear seat backrests to be folded down from the load compartment and 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, creating 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.
And considering wagons are mainly used as family cars, the German car maker fitted the new E Class Estate with a lot of safety features meant to protect all the car’s passengers. There are around one dozen new or modified driver assistance systems, including Attention Assist drowsiness detection system, Distronic Plus proximity control and Pre-Safe Brake, which initiates partial and full emergency braking autonomously. Also, there are nine airbags fitted as standard, four belt tensioners and belt force limiters and Neck-Pro crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and the front passenger.
When it will make its debut in Europe, the new Mercedes Benz E Class Estate will be offered with five engines, delivering between 168 hp (the E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY) and 382 hp (the E500), with five more engines coming in the first quarter of 2010. Out of the initial five choices, one of the most attractive is the E250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, which delivers 150 kw (201 hp), peak torque of 500 Nm and has a fuel consumption of 5.7 liters/100 km (41.2 US mpg) and 150 g/km CO2 emissions. For full specs of the new E Class Estate, check out the official Mercedes press release.
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[Source: Mercedes Benz]