Maybe wagons aren’t dead after all.
Mercedes-Benz has just introduced the 2017 Mercedes E400 wagon, sporting a 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine with 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Although the popularity of wagons has diminished over the recent years thanks to crossovers and SUVs, Mercedes will continue offering its E-Class wagon variant in the U.S. Unfortunately, the company has confirmed the hotter Mercedes-AMG E43 is currently not planned for the U.S. market, although that doesn’t rule out any other AMG models. Don’t be surprised if the range-topping E63 comes to the U.S. at a later date.
For now, shoppers will have to settle for the E400 4MATIC wagon, which sees its powerplant mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. With three rows of seats, the E400 wagon allows seating up for up to seven and the model comes standard with foldable rear-facing seats in the cargo area. The 2017 Mercedes E400 wagon will be available in both Luxury and Sport models, so shoppers can choose between classic bumpers and styling with a hood ornament or sportier bumpers further accented by a grille.
Like the E-Class sedan, the wagon variant benefits from all the new high-tech features including two optional high-resolution displays, each with a 12.3-inch screen. The automaker claims the model is one of the most quiet vehicles in its class, even though a wagon is at a disadvantage by design compared to a sedan due to the large resonating interior volume. U.S. buyers can also opt for the Acoustic & Comfort package that adds a special acoustic film in the windscreen and side windows to ensure low levels of background noise in the vehicle interior. It also contains further sound-insulating measures like additional insulation in the rear footwell and on the center tunnel.
Expect pricing for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon to be announced closer to its launch early next year.
“The new Wagon is as dynamic as the Mercedes-Benz brand and as spacious as our customers expect. Intelligent features such as the cargo position for the rear seat backrest with its 40:20:40 split as standard allow even better use to be made of the generous load-carrying capacity,” says Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales. “And what is more, the Wagon obviously has all the innovations of the new E-Class – the most intelligent executive sedan in the world.”
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