Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the all-new E-Class Estate, which is now bigger, more aerodynamic, and more technologically advanced.
Compared to its predecessor, the E-Class Estate has increased in width by 28 mm. This gives the rear passengers even more space as elbow room in the rear is increased to 1,519 mm. The wheelbase has increased by 22 mm to 2,961 mm.
As a result, those sitting in the back enjoy more knee room and leg room. The load compartment can be expanded from 615 litres to up to 1,830 litres. In the plug-in hybrid model, the luggage capacity is 460–1,675 litres.
Rocking a more progressive overall design, a black panel-like surface connects the radiator grille with the headlamps at the front. This insert in high-gloss black is visually reminiscent of the Mercedes-EQ models.
Inside, the dashboard makes for the digital experience in the interior where the large glass surface of the MBUX Superscreen extends to the central display. Visually detached from this is the high-resolution driver display in the driver’s field of vision.
The main icons on the central and optional passenger displays are now simpler, and also colour-coded to match smartphone tiles.
The electronics architecture is more software-driven and less hardware-driven as the computing functions of previously separate domains take place in a single processor. Screens and the MBUX infotainment system also share a new, very powerful central onboard computer. This form of networking improves the performance and speed of the data streams.
With the new Active Ambient Lighting (optional extra) with Sound Visualisation, occupants can also “see” music tracks and the sounds of films or apps. Visualisation takes place on the light band of the Active Ambient Lighting. For example, fast sequences of beats can cause rapid light changes, while flowing rhythms can create softly merging lighting moods.
The entertainment programme in the E-Class Estate is also more interactive than ever. The software experts at Mercedes-Benz have developed a new compatibility layer that allows the installation of third-party apps such as TikTok, Angry Birds, and Zoom. Another new feature is a selfie and video camera (part of the optional MBUX Superscreen) on top of the dashboard.
Just like the recently-unveiled sedan, Mercedes-Benz is working on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) so that the car learns which comfort systems vehicle occupants use repeatedly. Given the same circumstances, the aim is for AI to automate such functions.
Mercedes-Benz uses the term ‘routine’ for this innovation. When the new E-Class Estate is launched, customers will be able to use templates for standard routines. They also have the option of creating routines themselves.
The new E-Class Estate also features the Agility Control suspension and single-chamber air suspension on the rear axle as standard. The latter features a compact design, maintains ride comfort even with a full load on board and ensures that the vehicle remains horizontal even when laden.
Thanks to systematic electrification and intelligent downsizing, the new E-Class sets new standards in efficiency. In addition to turbocharging, both the diesel and petrol engines feature intelligent support from an integrated starter-generator (ISG). They are therefore mild hybrids.
Thanks to a new battery, the power of the electric motor has been increased from 15 to 17 kW and the boost torque to 205 Nm. A fourth-generation plug-in hybrid is already available at launch, and further models with this technology will follow.
Last but not least, numerous E-Class Estate components are made partly from resource-saving materials. For instance, upholstery made of undyed alpaca wool combined with a recycled material is used for the basic seat. For the first time, certified recycled raw materials are used in the foam of the seats according to the “mass balance approach”.
As cool as it is, this version of the all-new E-Class will not be making its way to Malaysia as wagons just don’t sell here. You might see one at a grey importer’s showroom in the future, though.