New E-Class Estate offers class-leading space, 109g/km CO2
Engines will be shared with the saloon, which means UK drivers will initially be offered the 192bhp E 220 d four-cylinder diesel and nine-speed automatic transmission, which returns 4.2l/100km and offers CO2 emissions from 109g/km.
A 140g/km six-cylinder diesel is due in Q4 2016, and it’s likely that the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel and plug-in hybrid drivetrains due to become available in the saloon will also be offered in the Estate.
Boot space, at 670 litres with the rear bench upright or 1,820 litres with it folded, is larger than its closest rivals (the Skoda Superb offers slightly more maximum capacity), and the E-Class is able to accommodate a Europallet between its wheel arches. The rear bench folds in three sections using switches inside the doors or the electrically-operated tailgate, and the backrest can be angled upright to create an extra 30 litres of storage space when needed.
Self-levelling suspension is fitted as standard, and Mercedes-Benz will offer a third-row folding bench seat for children. Headroom and elbowroom in the second row are said to be best in class.
Prices have not been announced as yet.