The estate version of the new Mercedes-Benz E‑Class was presented at the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart. The new E-Class Estate boasts of providing the most spacious interior in its segment. Its sportier roofline does not in any way compromise the headroom and elbowroom in the rear cabin – in fact they are the largest in this class. Moreover, the new E-Class Estate offers between 670 liters and 1,820 liters of cargo capacity, which means that its load compartment is one of the largest in the segment.
As standard, the backrest of rear bench seat could be positioned at a steering angle of around 10‑degrees – resulting to an increase of 30 more liters of cargo volume, while still allowing all five seats to be used. Also, the rear seat backrest could fold down in a 40:20:40 split, thereby offering several interior configurations that would favor either the passengers or the cargo.
The backrests could be released through the electric switches placed in the load compartment and to the right and left next to the backrests. In addition, as soon as later this year, Mercedes will be offering a third folding bench seat for children on the new Estate.
Ola Kallenius, a member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG who oversees Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales, quipped that the E-Class Estate -- as dynamic as the brand can be – is as spacious as what its customers expect. Kallenius noted that the Estate is laden with a number of intelligent features like the cargo position for the rear seat backrest – featuring a 40:20:40 split. Kallenius added that the Estate is provided with all the innovations found in the new E Class. Mercedes paid special attention to the dimensions and practicality of the load space.
In fact, the new E-Class Estate is one of the few vehicles that could load a Europallet. Thanks to a minimum load compartment width of 1,100 mm between the wheel arches, Mercedes was able to retain the dimensions of its predecessor model. Likewise, the new Estate comes with the combined cargo cover and net as well as an electric drive that allows the load compartment cover to move upwards when the tailgate is opened. Included as standard is the electromechanical EASY-PACK tailgate that could be opened and closed with a press of a button for easy loading and unloading.
Users could halt the tailgate and limit its opening angle to avoid contact with the garage roof. Customers may want to avail of the optional Keyless-Go with Hands-Free Access that makes loading and unloading much easier. With this optional feature, all that’s needed is to make a kicking motion with a foot below the rear bumper to open or close the boot lid. Other options that allow more convenient cargo loading and unloading are the trailer coupling and the EASY-PACK load-securing kit.
The latter enables users to employ the load compartment in a more versatile and safer manner with the use of rails on the floor, fasteners, a telescopic rod and luggage holders. On the other hand, the new Mercedes E-Class Estate features, as standard, a self-leveling rear air suspension that helps ensure that the vehicle remains horizontal even when fully loaded (745 kg max depending on the model) or when all the towing capacity is in use (2100 kg max).
Customers may also want to avail of the optional Air Body Control all-round air suspension. The Mercedes E-Class Estate may come with an even higher level of everyday utility with the power-adjustable retractable and extendible trailer coupling with ESP trailer stabilization as well as optional Crosswind Assist. When not needed, the trailer coupling hides behind the rear bumper.
But when it’s required, the trailer coupling could be swung out with the electric controls – located on the driver’s door or on the tailgate -- thereby automatically keeping this feature in its operational position. Additionally, the new Mercedes E-Class Estate is provided with a holding device for cycle racks, with the trailer coupling specified two extra bolts on the ball coupling for supporting a cycle rack. This feature hikes the load capacity to 100 kg and four bikes.