New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Unveiled, Gets 396HP E43 AMG Variant [79 Pics]

Fifty years after Mercedes-Benz’s first ever station wagon, the 1966 Universal based on the 200D to 230S fintail models, the German carmaker presented the sixth-generation of their E-Class Estate, also known as the T-Model and Wagon.

It’s a smarter and more stylish looking model than its predecessor drawing its inspiration from the smaller C-Class Estate with a less angular design, especially at the back where it dons a more sloping tailgate, along with a sportier roofline.

With a luggage volume of 670 liters with the rear seat bench in place and 1,820 liters when folded, capacity is down by 25 liters and up to 135 liters respectively over the previous model, but that’s a small price to pay for the new E-Class Estate’s sleeker appearance. Plus, it still beats both the Audi A6 Avant (565 liters / 1,680 liters) and BMW 5-Series Touring (560 liters / 1,670 liters), while as an extra bonus, the new Benz wagon will again be optionally available with a third, folding bench seat for children.

Also, while luggage volume is slightly down, the new E-Class Estate retains the previous model’s 1,100mm (43 inches) loading width between the wheel arches allowing the cargo area to accommodate a Europallet.

The rear seat backrest comes with a 40:20:40 split as well as a new function that allows to position it at an approximately 10‑degree steeper angle that creates an additional 30 liters of cargo volume while continuing to enable full use of five seats, as standard. Other features worth mentioning include the standard EASY-PACK electromechanical tailgate that can be opened with kicking motion under the bumper, a fully power-adjustable retractable and extendible trailer coupling with ESP trailer stabilisation and Crosswind Assist (optional extra), and a holding device for cycle racks that can accommodate up to four bikes weighing up to 100kg (220 pounds).

Based on the new W213 E-Class saloon, the Wagon comes with a self-levelling rear air suspension as standard allowing the rear to always stay horizontal, even when fully laden (up to 745 kg / 1,643 lbs, depending on the model) or with all the towing capacity in use (up to 2100 kg / 4,629 lbs). Optionally, it can be fitted with Merc’s AIR BODY CONTROL all-round air suspension.

Powering the Estate model in Europe at launch will be a range of three diesel engines, the 150PS (148hp) 2.0L E200d, 194PS (191hp) 2.0L E220d and 258PS (255hp) 3.0L V6 E350d, and four petrol units, the 184PS (181hp) 2.0L E200, 211PS (208hp) 2.0L E250, 333PS (328hp) 3.5L V6 E400 4Matic, and the 401PS (396hp) 3.0L V6 E43 4Matic AMG. At market launch, all models are equipped as standard with the new 9G‑TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.

Until Merc unleashes the E63 AMG Wagon, the title of the fastest model in the range goes to the E43 AMG 4Matic that hits 100km/h (62mph) in a swift 4.7 seconds topping out at an electronically limited 250km/h (150mph). Like its sedan sibling, it comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission with shorter shift times, tuned chassis with standard air suspension all around, a rear-biased (31:69) 4Matic all-wheel drive system, a body kit, sports trimmed interior and 19-inch wheels.

Mercedes will begin accepting European orders for most E-Class Estates in late summer with first deliveries at the end of the year.

For its market launch in the USA in early 2017, the E-Class Wagon will be available with a 3.5-liter Biturbo V6 gasoline engine in the E400 4MATIC Wagon producing329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It will be equipped as standard with the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic  transmission. Mercedes didn’t say when and with which engines it will expand the range in North America.

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 Estate

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

  • Gustavo Adriano

    I know, eveybody will talk that it’s design already passed away because it’s too similar to C Class, and the tailights came from Audi, but… I like the overall exterior style. Now, I hated too muche this interior, since it was presented I cannot swallow that family size tablet on the dashboard, it’s horrible. C’mon Merc, you could be better…

    • TheHake

      I think the station looks way less like the C-class than the saloon.

  • Hail to the King of Wagons

    Dammmmmnnnnn…I want one!!!!

  • Althea Later

    I like everything but the cheesy Ford Focus taillights… Uchhh and get rid of the rear chrome strip too

  • pcurve

    i like the sedan, but this wagon is a bit underwhelming to be honest.

  • smartacus

    just drop in the AMG 2.0T with 375HP.

    • Matt

      Mercedes wouldn’t use their hand-built AMG powerplant in a range where it would only be an ‘entry level’ engine.

  • Bo Hanan

    The world has gone mad when you can only find red seatbelts in Porsche 911-GT cars and Mercedes wagons.

    • Matt

      And Renault RS models.

      • TheHake

        And Abarth’s…

  • Eunos

    The rear looks like Lancia Kappa SW, but don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.

  • BlackPegasus

    Nope, I’ll take. Volvo V90 please.

    • BlackPegasus

      Yaaas…

      • Sharpel007

        If only the Volvo came with more then a 4 pot…

  • Kash

    The only thing i’d change on it is to blackout the D-pillar, and make the chrome strip under the windows wrap ALL the way around the back evenly then ditch the piece that connects the lights. Like this:

    • Matt

      The ‘floating roof’ aesthetic is unbecoming of Mercedes’ more classical, rounded design language. It would look terrible.

      • Kash

        i was just thinking of a floating roof to make it stand apart from the C-class a little more. than just it being slightly bigger.

    • TheHake

      I don’t like the wrap-around chrome strip. For me it removes the roof from the rest of the body.

      • Kash

        I just like it better than what they have now.

  • nik

    omg the merc in the blue is so classy, I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m not the biggest fan of M-Bs “bloboular” style but this’s handsome.

  • GreenApple18r

    I love the color work in the backseat. I wasn’t a fan of two tone interior until now.

  • TheHake

    That white & brown interior is porn, but damn, it’ll get as dirty as porn too…

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the white and brown interior is one of the tackiest i’ve seen in a really long time… looks like some kind of Mansory sh*t right there