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New Merc wagon hits SA

2010-03-18 09:48
The new range of load-lugging Mercedes-Benz E-Classes has arrived with a host of new wagon-specific treats.

The third addition to the latest E-Class family shows of the new face with the fresh take on the four-cluster headlight arrangement. Viewed from the side, the B- and C-pillars have been cleverly blacked out to make the glasshouse appear huge, while at the rear, the elegant new E-Class LED light cluster has been neatly transposed.

A number of technical features first shown on the sedan and coupe are carried across to the wagon, including drowsiness detection, PreSafe and adaptive high-beam assist. The Estate adds air suspension with a rear self-levelling function and a new system to arrange the load compartment.

Along with automatic operation of the tailgate, the Easy-Pack system also allows the load compartment cover to be lifted automatically and the load compartment floor to be folded and arranged in a variety of positions. Rear backrests to be folded down to create a level loading surface.

The new E-Class Estate is huge (length, width and height are about 4.9-, 1.9- and 1.5-metres respectively) and the generous 1950l load capacity shows this. Space for occupants within the cabin has grown, too.

Petrol engines

The engine line-up comprises petrol four units, including a BlueEfficiency model.

The E200 CGI BlueEfficiency is the entry-point to the new range using a turbocharged four-cylinder to generate 135 kW and 270 Nm. It is the only model fitted with a five-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel consumption is 7.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions range from 183 to 189 g/km.

Two V6 units power the mid-range E300 and E350 models. Power and torque are 170 kW and 300 Nm for the 3.0-litre and 200 kW and 350 Nm for the 3.5-litre.

For now, a 5.5-litre eight-cylinder E500 is the headlining model with 285 kW and 530 Nm on tap. The V6 and V8s are all mated to 7G-Tronic automatic transmissions.

Elegance specification is standard across the range, while Avant Garde is an option providing additional, more athletic, equipment.

Extra equipment packages, including a driver assistance package, seat package and memory package, amongst others, are available, too.

E200 CGI BlueEfficiency – R507 000
E300 – R597 000
E350 – R672 000
E500 – R833 000


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