E-Class Wagon: Peerless in German Luxury

Innovative engineering and a compelling conception of space make the all-new E-Class Wagon the most intelligent wagon that Mercedes-Benz has ever built. Available as both the family-oriented, seven-passenger E400 or as the performance-centered AMG E63 S, there is an E-Class Wagon for a diverse range of customers.

For 2018, the world’s most intelligent wagon offers additional elements of luxury: two new wood trims with matching center consoles, soft-close doors, illuminated door sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering, Active Multicontour Seats with a massage function. The rear seat receives an available Rear Seat Entertainment and Comfort Adapter and 3-zone climate control. In the new E63 S Wagon, Mercedes-AMG combines the brand's hallmark Driving Performance with high utility value and the intelligence of the E-Class.

Intelligent load compartment: large, versatile and easy to access

The E-Class Wagon's load compartment is one of the biggest in the segment globally. As standard, the rear bench seat has new cargo-related functionality: it is possible to position the backrest at an approximately 10-degree steeper angle, creating an additional space for cargo while continuing to enable full use to be made of five seats.

The rear seat backrest folds down in a 40:20:40 split as standard, opening up plenty of potential configurations between transport capacity and seats. To release the backrests, there are electric switches located in the load compartment and to the right and left next to the backrests.

Developers paid particular attention to practical dimensions and innovative management of the load space. With a minimum load compartment width between the wheel arches of 43.3 inches, it was possible to retain the preceding model's already-impressive measurements. The proven combined cargo cover and net is back, offering both security from prying eyes and safety. Thanks to an electric motor, the load compartment cover moves upwards automatically when the tailgate is opened.

The EASY-PACK tailgate provided as part of the standard equipment can be opened and closed very easily at the touch of a button for comfortable loading and unloading. Operation is electromechanical. To prevent the tailgate making contact with the garage roof, for example, it can be halted in any position.

Optional KEYLESS-GO® with HANDS-FREE ACCESS makes loading cargo even more convenient: to open the trunk, all that is required is to make a kicking motion with one’s foot underneath the rear bumper and the trunk lid will be opened and closed automatically.

A self-levelling rear air suspension continues to be equipped as standard. This ensures that the Wagon remains level, even when fully loaded with cargo or when towing. With AIR BODY CONTROL, all-round air suspension is available as an option.

Exterior design: dynamic proportions, powerful-looking at the  rear

The E-Class Wagon appears modern, confidently stylish and dynamic, and looks like the E-Class Sedan through to the B-pillar. From the long hood, a silhouette emerges that flows across the long roof with its sporty curve into the powerful rear of the wagon with its steeply tapering rear window. Short overhangs, a long wheelbase and large wheels make for dynamic proportions. In conjunction with the high beltline, the low, stretched side windows make the vehicle seem longer. Flowing into the greenhouse, the sidewall's positively exaggerated lines extend powerfully towards the rear. Completing the exterior form, the rear has broad shoulders over the rear wheel arches for a sensual look. A roof spoiler with a third brake lamp (LED) defines how high the broad, functional tailgate can open. From a visual perspective, horizontal lines at the tail end and the rear window both emphasize width, as do the horizontally aligned, two-piece LED taillamp with integral chrome trim. Complementing the form, LED reflectors underscore the vehicle's character by creating a design highlight by day and night. On the liftgate, the wide, chrome- plated handle acts as the visual centerpiece.

As on the Sedan, the powerful front will vary depending on the chosen design and equipment line. The Luxury model features the classic Mercedes radiator grille with the star on the hood, and the Sport model can be recognized by the central star on the sports radiator grille. Each variant of radiator grille gives the E-Class a distinctive character, be that elegant or sporty.

Interior design: a synthesis of emotion and intelligence

Inside, too, the Wagon utilizes the Sedan's award-winning design. The instrument panel can be adorned with two optional high-resolution displays, each with a 12.3- inch screen. Located under a shared glass cover, they merge to form a widescreen cockpit. The driver may configure the fully digital display to show the information and views that are relevant for them. There are three different styles to choose from: "Classic," "Sport" and "Progressive." Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel allow the instrument cluster and multimedia system to be controlled at the swipe of a finger and have made their debut in the E-Class.

Further controls are provided in the form of a touchpad with controller in the center console, which can also recognize handwriting, plus the voice-operated control system. There are also direct-access buttons for controlling the air conditioning and for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driving assistance systems.

High-quality materials define the interior style. They include natural grain wood, and wood in a yachting look with flowing lines as a contemporary interpretation of inlaid wood. The use of authentic materials is continued in the optionally leather-covered doors and the beltline. Another Mercedes-Benz hallmark is the high-quality look and feel created by meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship. Just as carefully composed is the material and color concept with various shades of brown, including attractive color combinations such as Macchiato Beige/Espresso Brown or Macchiato Beige/Saddle Brown. The design and equipment lines include enhanced ambient lighting featuring 64 colors, offering plenty of opportunities for personalized adjustment.

When it comes to the seats, their ergonomic, sculptural form combines Mercedes- Benz's hallmark suitability for long journeys with a refined, sporty look, featuring a unique design for each line. Other new features in this segment are the Warmth and Comfort Package, which includes a heated steering wheel, heated armrests in the doors and on the center console, and rapid-heating front seats.

Relieved of much noise and vibration: one of the quietest wagons

In the interior, the E-Class Wagon is one of the quietest vehicles in its class – even though a wagon is at a disadvantage by design compared to a sedan due to the large resonating body. Quiet running and low vibration make a significant contribution to the level of energizing comfort, particularly on long journeys.

A whole raft of measures help to reduce vibrations and noise. As on a cabriolet, struts strengthen the main floor and front end of the body shell. For that reason, the vehicle body is very rigid and transmits less noise. Special insulation on the bodywork (including on the bulkhead, sidewalls and main floor), as well as sound absorbers under the rear seats and on the wheel arches, keep noise out of the vehicle interior. The kinematic design of the chassis, axles and steering system reduces disturbances that can be caused by road surfaces, the wheels being out- of-balance or when braking. Engine and transmission mounts have also been optimized in terms of noise levels.

Various aeroacoustic measures have been taken. These include sealed door handles, seals on the door joints and optimizing details associated with the geometry of the sealing sections for the side windows. Improvements have also been made to the formed parts for the inside sealing rails so that these are connected to the window run channel without any gaps by positive locking. As on the E-Class Sedan, the exterior mirrors and A-pillar have been optimized in terms of aeroacoustics. The roof structure and the tilt/sliding sunroof module have been aeroacoustically improved to benefit noise comfort in these areas too. In the case of the panoramic sliding sunroof, multiple wind-deflection measures (wind deflector, covers and seals with the appropriate geometry) ensure the same high level of noise comfort as in the preceding model, despite the larger aperture.

The Acoustic Comfort Package is available for U.S. customers on both the sedan and wagon models. A special acoustic film in the windscreen and side windows ensures low levels of background noise in the vehicle interior. The Acoustic Comfort Package contains further sound-insulating measures such as additional insulation in the rear footwell and on the center tunnel. To provide excellent heat insulation in the interior, the windscreen, side windows and rear windows are made of laminated safety glass with another layer of film that absorbs infrared. Surfaces in the interior like the armrests, steering wheel and seats get less hot from solar radiation as a result.

Intelligent Drive: all E-Class innovations are on-board

As with the most intelligent executive sedan, the E-Class Wagon continues to set new benchmarks in terms of safety, comfort, and reducing the driver's workload. These innovations are, of course, also available on the wagon. Active Brake Assist is fitted as standard. It is able to warn the driver of impending collisions, provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, also autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing the danger zone ahead of the vehicle.

Other highlights include DRIVE PILOT; this system represents one of many steps Mercedes-Benz is taking on the road to autonomous driving. Distance Pilot DISTRONIC® is not only able to automatically keep the car the correct distance behind vehicles in front on all types of road, it can also follow them at a speed of up to 130 mph.

The new Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon: Sportiness meets space and intelligence

In the new E63 S Wagon, Mercedes-AMG combines the brand's hallmark Driving Performance with high utility value and the intelligence of the E-Class. As in the E63 S Sedan, the hand-crafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of up to 603 hp and the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive deliver outstanding driving dynamics. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds sets a new record in this class. At the same time the engine is now even more efficient thanks to a cylinder deactivation system fitted as standard.

Like the E63 S Sedan, the E63 S Wagon offers innovative drive technology and outstanding performance coupled with a unique design, exclusive appointments and the latest infotainment features for a wide range of connected multimedia applications.

The new Wagon boasts even more agile response than its predecessor: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT (Multi Clutch Technology) 9-speed sport transmission is combined with a wet clutch. Another highlight is the new AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, which combines the advantages of various drive configurations. Torque distribution on the front and rear axles, which is fully variable for the first time, ensures optimum traction in all road conditions.

50 years ago: the first official Mercedes-Benz wagon

In August 1966, the Mercedes-Benz Universal made its debut within the official Mercedes-Benz sales program. This station wagon was built by IMA, a partner in Belgium, on the basis of the 200 D and 230 S fintail models. Innovations included split rear seat backrest, self-levelling rear suspension and an optional third row of seats: only 2754 of them were built in the years up to 1969.

New name, new model, new success

In April 1978, the Wagon 123 model entered full series production and a long success story began–well over a million wagon models have been built to date. In Germany, the Wagon is known as the "T-Modell" and although the "T" suggests tourism and transport, it also stands for trendsetter. For Mercedes-Benz, the Wagon model is an integral part of the luxury segment and has a loyal fan base, particularly in Germany. There has been a "T-Model" in every successive generation of the E-Class (S 124, S 210, S 211, S 212). Competitors have also followed in its wake, some of them considerably later.


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