The 6th generation (W214) Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup is now joined by the Estate bodystyle, offering the same goodies as its sedan sibling, and apparently, even more rear seat space than its predecessor. Sales in Europe start in autumn.
The new E-Class Estate benefits from the new-gen model’s increased dimensions. The luggage capacity can be expanded from 615 litres to up to 1,830 litres. In the plug-in hybrid model, the luggage capacity ranges between 460 – 1,675 litres. The rear seat backrest can be split-folded in a 40:20:40 ratio. There are two push buttons on the left and right side of the rear seat backrest to help you do so.
The new Estate features the Easy-Pack tailgate as standard. The tailgate opens and closes at the touch of a button: using the button on the ignition key, the switch in the driver’s door or the release handle on the tailgate.
And, thanks to the increased width, the elbow room at the rear is 1,519 mm – 25 mm more than before, and the additional wheelbase enables the rear-seat passengers to enjoy more knee room (84 mm; plus 9 mm) and leg room (934 mm; plus 15 mm). As standard, the mild hybrid models are equipped with Agility Control steel spring suspension with selective damping system and air-sprung rear axle. The rest of the standard/optional features are the same as those of the sedan.
At launch, the new E-Class Estate in Europe will be available with E 200 (2.0L petrol; 150 kW/204 metric hp and 320 Nm/236 lb-ft), E 220 d (2.0L diesel; 145 kW/197 metric hp and 440 Nm/324.5 lb-ft) and E 300 e (PHEV; 230 kW/313 metric hp and 550 Nm/406 lb-ft) options. The PHEV model is claimed to offer a pure electric range of up to 113 km (70.2 mi); the sedan (depending on the variant) claims up to 115 km (71.5 mi).