Binz X-Orange based on Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Article by Christian A., on July 13, 2012

A super-extra-long Binz Xtend conversion for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has recently been unveiled. This latest model from German tuner Binz is a super-long-wheelbase E-Class wagon. Binz first mentioned the Xtend at the 2010 Essen Motor Show but it’s only now that it has built this wagon, which is nearly 19 feet long.

Binz’s specialty is building hearse conversions for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Its hearses are based on the E-Class wagon and the Vito van. But just to be clear about it, the Xtend is not a hearse. The Xtend has a 31.7-inch stretch in the chassis between the rear doors and the rear axle. The Binz Xtend measures at 224.4 inches, making it longer than a Chevrolet Suburban by two inches.

It is also longer than a Mercedes GL550 by two feet. However, it’s shorter than the Ford Excursion by 2.3 inches and it’s more than two feet shorter than a Ram 3500 Crew Cab with the eight-foot box. Notably, a hearse is about 19.5 feet long. Initially, the Xtend wagon will be available with the same lineup of engines offered on the standard-sized car.

These are a 240-hp E250 CDI diesel, a 292-hp E350 with a gas V-6, or the V-8-powered 388-hp E500. Buyers can ask Binz to use a different powerplant if they want to. Binz could easily put in a 518-hp bi-turbo V-8 from the E63 AMG on the Xtend to make it extremely powerful. Another option that Binz is offering is the X-Orange, which has racing seats with four-point harnesses and is dressed in bright orange.

The latest E-Class Estate exudes a sporty and practical appeal right away, but also gives a safe and superior vibe. Its distinct style is drafted from the latest Mercedes design, which was launched in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and is currently seen in the C-Class. One of its primary features is the combination of taut and concave surfaces, which are supported by sporty edges and beautifully carved contours.

The view on the side shows a lot of new details, ensuring the authenticity of the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. The B- and C-pillars look to blend to the background because of the shiny panels in black trim, making an illusion that the whole window area on the side look like a single unit. This flows to an arch starting from the filigree A-pillar to the dramatic roof line and the D-pillar, all leaning on the sporty shoulders of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.

The enticing style of the door sill panels, which are more subtle, still showcase a noticeable light-capturing contour to the wheel arches and highlight the overall appeal of the car's sides. This is further showcased by the masculine, flowing line on the back side panel in front of the back wheel.

In designing the rear, Mercedes engineers made it a point to highlight the practicality of the latest model. They were able to deliver this by showing horizontal lines, like the band created by the taillights and the tailgate handle in chrome. The new LED taillights are a two-piece outline, and make a visual continuity of the side all the way to the tailgate. During the day and at night, its unique design is a huge asset for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. This is the biggest estate vehicle in the premium class, and it surely flaunts it.

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