Mercedes-Benz will expand the E-Class family further in June with the launch of the E350 4MATIC Wagon – the latest member of the E-Class line-up. The E-Class Wagon combines its elegant design with leadership in safety, comfort, quality and practicality. A number of technical innovations have been incorporated into the new E-Class which no other car in this class currently offers -- from drowsiness detection, to automatic emergency braking when an accident is recognized as imminent. The E-Class Wagon features all of these sophisticated innovations and also adds the unique new load compartment management system and standard third row child seats to further differentiate itself from the competition.
Since the launch of the first Wagon in 1977, more than one million customers have enthusiastically embraced this most practical way of driving a Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan, and this success story is set to continue with the fifth generation of the E-Class Wagon.
Design: new Mercedes handwriting combined with E-Class styling features
The performance of the new Sedan and Coupé in the 2009 AutoBild Design Awards shows how well the striking lines of the E-Class have been received: more than 100,000 readers of the German motoring publication voted the four-door model the most beautiful car in the world, and gave the two-door model first place in the Coupé/Convertible category.
The new E-Class Wagon immediately makes an athletic and practical, yet also serene and safe impression. Its distinctive design character is based on the new Mercedes-Benz style, which debuted in the S-Class and is now also represented in the C-Class. One of its main characteristics is the interplay between concave and taut surfaces, which are delimited by dynamic edges and structured contours.In Canada, AMG styling is included as standard equipment to further enhance the appeal of the E-Class Wagon.
The side view reveals many new features, leaving no doubt about the identity of the new E-Class Wagon. The B and C-pillars appear to merge into the background thanks to glossy, black trim panels, making the entire side window area look like a single unit. This leads to an expressive arch leading from the A-pillar to the dramatic roof line and the downward-tapering D-pillar, all resting on the athletic shoulder-line of the Wagon. The design of the door sill panels, which are visually understated in the centre, but feature a prominent light-catching contour towards the wheel arches, accentuates the dramatic overall effect of the side aspect. This is additionally emphasized by the muscular, sweeping line on the rear section in front of the rear wheel.
When forming the rear end, designers took care to give expression to the practicality of the new model by emphasizing horizontal lines. One of the most noticeable examples of this is the band formed by the tail lights and the chromed tailgate handle. The
distinctive new LED tail lights feature a two-part design, and create a visual continuation of the side wall into the tailgate itself. The D-pillar, which tapers downwards from the roof to the beltline, contributes to the particularly large tailgate. Overall, the newest member of the E-Class family is also the largest Wagon in the premium segment.
Functional: top marks for load capacity and ease of operation
One particularly special feature of the load compartment management system is the option of opening the standard-fit EASY-PACKtailgate automatically by using the
ignition key or pressing the handle if the car needs to be loaded from behind. The innovative "quickfold" system enables the rear 1/3:2/3-split seat backrests to be folded down by pulling a cable from the load compartment. Neither the head restraints nor the rear-seat cushions need to be adjusted or folded down. As another useful feature, either the left or right backrest sections, or both together, can be folded down to create a level loading surface. This enables the rear seat to be used by passengers even when long and bulky items are being carried. The backrest sections can also be unlocked and folded down from the side, inside on the C-pillar.
The E-Class Wagon also comes standard with a combined luggage compartment cover and an easy to use retaining net that has been attached at the beltline level for the first time. This makes it simpler to install and remove in various positions, both from within the luggage compartment as well as from the interior. At the same time, it no longer interferes with the folding forward of the rear seat backrests. The retaining net and cover can also be used when transporting large loads by securing it to the folded backrests.
With a load capacity of up to 1950 litres, the new E-Class Wagon (length/width/height: 4895/1854/1512 millimetres) sets the standard in its class. Apart from the load compartment capacity itself, other dimensions of great practical importance, such as the rear aperture, rear sill height and maximum load length, demonstrate that Mercedes-Benz engineers considered a myriad of important factors when finalizing the cutting-edge design of the E-Class Wagon.
It is not only in the load compartment that the generous dimensions of the preceding model have been improved. Two examples in the interior illustrate this: the elbow width in the rear has been increased by 51 millimetres to 1,505 millimetres, and rear headroom with the standard tilting/sliding sunroof installed has also improved by 46 millimetres to 1,010 millimetres.
In Canada, every E-Class Wagon is equipped with an outstanding load management system that includes an EASY PACK power tailgate that automatically raises the load compartment cover. When the tailgate is opened, the load compartment cover is automatically raised to allow unobstructed loading and unloading. Standard equipment also includes the load securing net, which is combined with the load compartment cover and secured discreetly at beltline level. The standard folding bench seat for the load compartment - designed to accommodate two additional passengers up to 50 kg in weight and 140 cm in height - is also unique in this vehicle segment.
Safety: nine airbags as standard, plus innovative driver assistance systems
Mercedes-Benz has further demonstrated its leadership position in the field of safety with the new E-Class family and the host of new or improved driver assistance systems designed to prevent accidents or at least reduce the severity of the impact. These include the standard ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system, the optional DISTRONIC PLUSproximity control and PRE-SAFE®Brake, which is able to initiate partial and full emergency braking autonomously. In addition, standard power seats ensure both the driver and front passenger are seated comfortably in the optimal position.
With nine airbags fitted as standard, four seat-belt tensioners and belt-force limiters plus NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints, the new E-Class offers an even more extensive package of safety equipment than its predecessor. The airbags, which can deploy in a matter of milliseconds in the event of an accident, include two adaptive airbags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag for the driver, two sidebags in the front-seat backrests and two large windowbags which extend from the A-pillar to the C-pillar during a side impact. Pelvisbags for the front occupants are also included for the first time. These reduce the loads acting on the pelvic area in particular during a lateral collision.
Suspension: automatic self-levelling at the rear as standard
Outstanding comfort on long journeys in the E-Class Wagon is ensured by the newly developed DIRECT CONTROL suspension, which features the adaptive damping system as standard. Also standard is the self-levelling rear suspension that ensures the vehicle always remains at the same level, even when fully loaded. The suspension setup has also been adapted to suit the modified body geometry, with slightly stiffer shock absorber settings and torsion bar stabilizers. This makes the E-Class Wagon just as agile as the Sedan, without any penalty in road noise and tire vibration characteristics.
In the interests of favourable axle kinematics, superior vibrational comfort and improved safety, the lower link of the three-link front suspension with McPherson struts consists of two separate elements which act as torque and cross struts. In addition to precise wheel location, this design has the particular advantage of compensating for vibrations caused by tire imbalances or fluctuating brake forces better than rigid wishbones.
To provide greater comfort and agility, the multi-link independent suspension that was successfully used for more than 25 years was re-engineered for the new E-Class. Modifications include the front cross-bar of the axle housing, which is now supported by the vehicle body over a wider area. This reduces the forces transmitted into the passenger compartment, which is a comfort feature that is particularly noticeable when crossing transverse joints in the road surface.
The fuel consumption and emissions of the new E-Class Wagon have been considerably reduced by numerous detailed improvements (aerodynamics, weight, energy management, reduced resistances). In Canada, the E350 4MATIC Wagon with its 3.5L V6 engine features 268 horsepower and combined fuel economy of 10.9l/100km (12.8 l/100km city and 8.6l/100km highway). The 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission ensures smooth shifting and optimal fuel economy, while the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system provides stability and control in all weather conditions.
Availability and pricing
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon will be available at Mercedes-Benz dealerships across Canada in June 2010, and is priced from $66,900.
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the four brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada: Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,250 people in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 14 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 39 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 26,942 vehicles in 2009, the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
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