In November 2009, premium auto customers will witness the launch of the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. The Estate is the latest variant of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class family. And just like the Saloon and Coupe versions, it features a distinct design and high level of quality, safety, practicality and comfort.
The launch of the Mercedes E-Class Estate also marks the debut of an array of new technical innovations and features like automatic emergency braking and drowsiness detection, as well as the Adaptive Highbeam Assist and Active Bonnet systems.
Moreover, the new Mercedes E-Class Estate has the following as standard equipment: air suspension with self-levelling at the rear and distinct load compartment management features. Mercedes launched the first E-Class Estate in 1997, making it rise as the forerunner of the premium lifestyle estate segment. Since then, Mercedes has already sold more than a million Mercedes E-Class Estate units to customers who became fans of this practical premium car from Germany.
Now, the 2010 Mercedes E-Class Estate represents the fifth generation of the model as well as more than 30 years of sales. Likewise, the new 2010 Mercedes E-Class Estate follows up on the launch of the new 2010 Mercedes E-Class Saloon in Europe in spring 2009.
The new E-Class Saloon immediately grabbed the attention and pockets of premium customers, allowing it to become the global leader in its segment as early as May 2009. To date, Mercedes has already delivered around 40,000 new E-Class models to customers. Further, the accolades received by the E-Class Saloon and E-Class Coupe in the 2009 AutoBild Design Awards demonstrate the splendor and elegance of the new E-Class.
In fact, over 100,000 readers of AutoBild – a German motoring publication – elected the four-door model E-Class as the most beautiful car in the world. They also elected the two-door E-Class as the most beautiful model in the Coupe/Cabriolet category. This positive reception for the new Mercedes E-Class isn't surprising. On the first glimpse, the design of the new Mercedes E-Class Estate exudes a sense of superiority, safety, practicality, and athleticism.
The new Estate had its unique design character derived from the new Mercedes style that made its debut in the S-Class and that’s seen on the C-Class. This new design features a distinct interplay between concave and taut surfaces, as delimited by structured contours and dynamic edges. New elements can be seen on the sides of the new Estate. For instance, the B- and C-pillars seem to fuse into the background, courtesy of glossy, black trim panels that make entire side window areas appear like a single entity.
From here, there is a stiff taut arch that flows from the A-pillar to the dramatic roof line, as well as the downward-tapering D-pillar. Both the A-pillar and the D-pillar rest on the dynamic shoulder line of the new E-Class Estate. While the door sill panels are visually restrained in the center, they feature a glaring light-catching contour towards the wheel arches – thereby highlighting the overall effect of the side aspect.
Moreover, the overall effect of the side aspect is highlighted by the muscular sweeping line on the rear side panel just in front of the rear wheel. To express the high practicality of the new E-Class Estate, designers at Mercedes highlighted its horizontal lines, like the band created by the tail lights and the chromed tailgate handle.
Interestingly, the Estate's new LED tail lights feature a two-piece design, creating a graphical continuation of the side wall into the tailgate. Of course, the new 2010 Mercedes E-Class Estate is both luxurious and practical. It comes with a load compartment management system that allows customers to open the standard-fit EASY-PACK tailgate via the ignition key or just pressing the handle if they want to load things in the rear.
Moreover, the Estate features a "quickfold" system that allows customers to fold down the rear seat backrests from the load compartment. To do this, they don't have to adjust the head restraints or the rear-seat cushions beforehand.
Likewise, they can unlock and fold down the two backrest sections by just pulling a cable or from the side, resulting to a level loading surface. Customers have the option to fold down only the left or right, or both backrest sections. This layout allows passengers to use the rear seat unit even when long and bulky items are being loaded. Mercedes has now made it easier to use the combined luggage compartment cover and retaining net attached at beltline level.
With measurements of 4895 mm x 1854 mm x 1471 mm (length/width/height), the new E-Class Estate could load up to 1950 liters, a new standard in its class. As further proof of the brand’s engineering expertise are the measurements of the Estate's rear aperture, load compartment sill and maximum load compartment length.
Furthermore, compared to the previous model, the new 2010 Mercedes E-Class Estate has 50mm wider rear elbow room to 1,505 mm and 50mm more rear headroom to 1010 mm when the large tilting/sliding sunroof is installed. For versions with no sunroof, the rear headroom of the new Mercedes E-Class Estate is measured at 1,012 mm.
Featured as standard on the new E-Class Estate is a load management system that is specified with automatic opening and closing EASY-PACK tailgate with automatic raising of the load compartment cover, or the EASY-PACK folding load compartment floor.
The EASY-PACK folding load compartment floor could significantly increase the usable height of the load compartment, as it could be folded up and secured in various positions. It comes with the EASY-PACK load compartment cover with a load securing net.
This cover can be extended to be hooked into electrically powered carriers on the D-pillars. Also, when the tailgate is opened, the cover is automatically raised to enable unobstructed loading and unloading. The new E-Class could be availed with an optional folding bench seat for the load compartment.