Although Mercedes-Benz is expected to roll out a whole litany of E-Class Wagons (or Estates, depending on your regional parlance) for Europe, the US will get just one — the E400 4Matic. It packs a 3.0-liter V-6, good for 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, which mates to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It’ll be available in either Sport or Luxury trims.
Along with one of the most robust semi-autonomous driving systems, called DRIVE PILOT (I’m not yelling, that’s Mercedes’ capitalized branding for the tech), the E-Class also offers Car-to-X communication.
Constantly acting as both a transmitter and receiver, the E-Class can send and receive information about road hazards, traffic and more. Mercedes points out that this essentially allows the car to “see around corners” or “through obstacles.”
Unlike recent E-Class Wagon models, the tailgate is angled slightly, and there is now greater tapering toward the rear, providing a less-boxy shape than in recent years. Clever detailing, including a full-width chrome strip and horizontal taillamp graphics, help visually enhance the width of the new car from the rear.
There is no economy penalty in not getting the basic E200d, with the 220d returning an identical 45.6mpg on the combined European cycle for average CO2 emissions of 138g/km respectively.