2011 Binz Xtend E-Class: official images, details and pricing

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 1, 2011

A full set of images of the production-ready model of the Binz Xtend E-Class conversion has recently been released. During the Essen Motor Show last December, European coach-builder Binz announced that production has started for this model. The most prominent change related to the conversion is the addition of another 795 mm (31.3 inches) to the base model Mercedes Benz station wagon, between the rear doors and rear axle.

This added length resulted to a bigger cargo volume to 2620 liters (92.5 cubic feet). The car now measures 5.7 meters (about 19 feet), with a wheelbase 3.65 meters (12 feet) long. Just like any long wheelbase vehicle, the turning radius will be affected.

However, Binz has not addressed this issue. The model weighs two tons (4,400 lbs), the same as some vans. Engine choices for the Binz Xtend E-Class conversion include the E250CDI's 204 hp unit, an E350 producing 292hp or the E500 packing 388 hp -- standard mills from Mercedes-Benz. The model also features the standard combination of 245 mm tires and 17 inch rims. These models have the same top speed as the standard E-Class. Prices start at €121,950 ($163,100).

In terms of safety, comfort and environment-friendliness, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class could be considered as a leader in its segment. This could be attributed to the fact that the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is laden with over 20 new or further technical features that allow for safe driving like the standard Attention Assist and Adaptive Main Beam Assist, as well as the automatic emergency braking that is activated when the vehicle detects the possibility of a collision.

Moreover, the German luxury carmaker didn’t think twice about further enhancing the long-distance comfort that the E-Class has been known for. This was achieved by installing improved seats and employing an intelligent body shell technology that make the structure 30 percent more rigid. Mercedes also installed a newly developed suspension featuring shock absorbers that could automatically adjust to the current driving situation.

Furthermore, its optional air suspension now functions along with an electronic damping system. In terms of fuel economy and environment-friendliness, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is not to be ignored. All its four- and six-cylinder engines feature direct injection, allowing them to save up to 23 percent fuel.

In fact, the new four-cylinder diesel engine consumes just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers -- as per combined NEDC – and emits 139 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Nevertheless, all E-Class engines comply with the EU5 emission standard.

Interestingly, the E 350 BlueTEC already complies with the EU6 standard set for 2014. Moreover, the fuel-saving nature of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is also thanks to the BlueEFFICIENCY package for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Engineers coming from all development departments collaborated to optimize assemblies and components, thereby reducing the vehicle’s overall weight, creating a new form, improving the functions and making energy management more efficient.

In the end, all of their efforts allowed the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class to consume less fuel. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class also underwent testing in the wind tunnel, allowing designers to achieve a drag coefficient of only 0.25, or around four percent better than its predecessor.

This allowed the most aerodynamically efficient luxury saloon in the world to save around 0.25 liters per 100 kilometers when cruising at speeds of 130 km/h. This level of aerodynamics is also improved with variable fan louvres that control airflow to the engine compartment.

Moreover, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class features newly developed tires boasting of up to 17 percent lower rolling resistance.

Likewise, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is also fitted with energy-saving control of the generator, air conditioning compressor, power steering and fuel pump, as well as the ECO start/stop function that could switch the engine of the E 200 CGI off when idling.

Amazingly, the displays in the speedometer now tell how much fuel is being consumed per 100 kilometers, and indicates when the next gear upshift should be made.

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