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Mercedes-Benz teases next generation E-Class wagon

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On: Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:22AM | By: Carl Malek

Mercedes-Benz teases next generation E-Class wagon

Mercedes Benz has released a brief video on its Facebook page that highlights the next generation E-Class wagon which is set to make its debut next week at a private event in Germany.

In the video below, the company shows that this latest generation of E-wagon was heavily inspired by the smaller C-Class wagon. This means that in addition to wielding its trademark roof rails, the car will adopt some of the curvier attributes that made their debut in that model, including the gently sloping rear roofline, tweaked horizontally placed tailights, as well as a tasteful roof-mounted spoiler. The front fascia will be virtually identical to the E-Class sedan, which made its debut at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year.

This will also be seen in its engine library; the wagon offers all the gasoline- and diesel-powered choices that see duty in the sedan. Look for the lineup to include at least one V6 and the base model to be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is good for 241 horsepower. The range-topping E63 model is also expected to retain its place in the wagon hierarchy, but, unlike past fire-breathing examples that had beefy V8 powerplants, look for this one to downsize somewhat and arrive with a twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that should produce about 600 horsepower with all that earth-shattering power being sent to all four wheels via a tweaked 4-MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The interior will also benefit from the round of updates that first adorned the E-Class sedan, but look for the company to tweak the rear cargo area for more capacity, as well as ease of use, especially when it comes to holding down cargo.

It is currently unknown if the new wagon will be offered here in the U.S. market due to our country's desire for both CUVs and SUVs. The company has offered wagons to U.S. buyers in the past, but they have made up a very small slice of the broader sales pie here in the U.S. and are more of a niche purchase. If it remains available in the U.S., it will go up against the recently unveiled Volvo V90 wagon, which is heading to the U.S. market to be sold alongside its cousin, the S90 sedan.


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