2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate revealed, 295kW E 43 AMG added

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the latest, sixth-generation E-Class Estate, promising to be the smartest E-Class yet. It follows the debut of the all-new E-Class sedan earlier this year.

2017 Mercedes-AMG E 43 Estate

The engine lineup for the international release is as follows: The base E 200 is powered by a 133kW/300Nm four-cylinder petrol, with the E 220 d offering 143kW/400Nm of push. Stepping up to the E 250 will give you a newly-developed 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder.

Wait a little longer and later this year Mercedes will be offering two more diesel models; the E 200 d and E 350 d, with outputs of 110kW/360Nm and 190kW/620Nm, respectively.

Despite increases in power, Mercedes has brought economy figures down even further. Highlights of the range include the E 200 d’s combined cycle economy figure of just 4.2L/100km.

For its launch, Mercedes’s performance option can be found in the new E 43 4MATIC Estate. It’s powered by a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 engine. The fast estate can travel from 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds thanks to the 295kW/520Nm transferred to all fours via the company’s nine-speed 9G-Tronic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate-interior

Aesthetically speaking, this is very much another E-Class. In terms of space though, there’s more of it than ever. The 2017 E-Class Estate offers a capacity of 670L to 1820L, thanks to a new folding seat design that now accommodates more cargo space.

The ride is kept under control thanks to Mercedes’s optional self-leveling Air Body Control suspension system, while the platform is now more dynamic than ever offering a more enjoyable and engaging driving experience. Ola Källenius, board member for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales, said;

“The new Estate is as dynamic as the Mercedes-Benz brand and as spacious as our customers expect. And what is more, the Estate obviously has all the innovations of the new E Class – the most intelligent executive saloon in the world.”

Turning attention to the interior, Mercedes has installed a new touchpad controller to interact with the vehicle’s 12.3-inch MMI, as well as having developed a new Linguatronic voice control system. There’s also new touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel with tactile feedback, iPad-compatible rear seat integration (as of December 2016) and reductions in noise, vibration and harshness to the vehicle’s drive.

2017 Mercedes-AMG E 43 Estate-rear

Interestingly, there’s an optional Acoustic Comfort package that adds even more sound insulation to the foot wells, as well as adding a special film to reduce wind and road noise entering through the windows. There’s also Mercedes-Benz’s latest Drive Pilot technology option which “represents Mercedes‑Benz’s next step along the road to autonomous driving”.

Mercedes-Benz is yet to confirm which model variants and specs will be headed for Australian shores, and their respective prices. The new E-Class Estate will launch internationally in the middle of the year, followed by some variants including the E 43 AMG in the fourth quarter of this year.