Mercedes-Benz recently launched the new E-Class in South Africa and the Stuttgart-based firm has consequently revealed the E-Class Estate, which is available in South Africa on a special order basis.
Earlier this year, we travelled to Portugal to sample the new E-Class and were mightily impressed by its intelligent technology and drive quality. The new E-Class was recently introduced locally and South African buyers should be well-pleased with this latest product from Mercedes-Benz. Station wagons don’t sell in big numbers in Mzansi but for those with a penchant for more space and versatility, the Estate version of the E-Class is available on a special order basis. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect should you be interested in the E-Class Estate.
Engine choice remains limited in SA
Sadly, due to lack of demand for station wagons in South Africa, we are only likely to receive the new E 250 Estate in South Africa. Various engine options are however available at launch in Germany. The E 200 kicks off the range offering 135 kW from its 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine. The next level up in the petrol range is the E 250, which will likely be offered here and it too is powered by a 2.0-litre turbopetrol but with 155 kW and 350 Nm of torque.
Diesel options include the newly developed 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine in the E 220 d with 143 kW, while an E 200 d and E 350 d will be introduced at a later stage. For more power, look to the E 400 4MATIC, offering 245 kW from its 3.0-litre V6. The Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC tops the range with 295 kW form its 3.0-litre V6 engine, but it won’t be offered locally. A new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission is offered as standard across the E-Class Estate range.
The E-Class Estate boasts large carrying capacity with 670 litres of boot space that increases to a sizeable 1 820 litres. The rear bench is now split 40:20:40 as standard and can be adjusted at a 10-degree steeper angle, improving space even further. A cargo cover and net is also provided to conceal goods from prying eyes and an electromechanical tailgate is operated at the touch of a button and can be opened or closed at the required angle. The tailgate is also automatically opened with a swipe or kick of the foot under the rear bumper. An electrically retracting tow bar is also fitted.
Self-levelling air suspension if offered as standard and ensures that the vehicle remains horizontal, even when under heavy load or when towing.
The exterior and interior design mimics that of the new E-Class and the Estate is offered with a number of safety and comfort features to make life easier for the driver. Technological highlights include Drive Pilot, which maintains following distances to the car ahead at speeds up to 210 kph and Remote Parking Pilot that allows you park the vehicle using a smartphone app.