Three updated 2011 model Mercedes-Benz vehicles rolled across the stage today in New York: the E-Class Wagon, R-Class, and S63 AMG. Mercedes-Benz also released pricing for the 2010 model year E-Class line.
First to roll out was the latest E-Class Wagon, the E350. Essentially an updated E-Class with a wagon body, the E350 comes in gasoline and diesel flavors. Sharing an engine with the rest of the E-Class line, the 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 is expected to produce 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The E350 BlueTEC with its 3.0-liter turbo diesel should produce 211 horsepower. 4MATIC AWD is standard across the range.
Thanks to its large rear end, the E350 Wagon offers up to 70 cubic feet of storage space with the second and third rows folded, though the second row doesn't fold entirely flat. With all the seats up, the Wagon can hold seven passengers, although, as usual, the third row is best left to children. Mercedes hasn't released pricing on the Wagon yet, but expect it to start a bit north of the sedan's $48,600 starting price.
Though the Wagon's pricing is still under wraps, Mercedes did drop some other E-Class pricing during the reveal, at least for the 2010 model year. The E350 Coupe starts at $48,050 while the V-8-powered E550 Coupe starts at $54,650. The E350 Sedan starts at $48,600 as mentioned above while the E550 Sedan starts at $56,300 and the ultimate E63 AMG sport sedan starts at $85,800.
Joining the E-Class Wagon on stage was the new R-Class, Mercedes' controversial wagon/crossover tweener. For the 2011 model year, the R-Class gets all new body work ahead of the A-pillars to bring its styling in line with the new corporate face of Mercedes. Beyond the LED-emblazoned nose and new 17-inch wheels, the R-Class is mostly the same, offering only a new color scheme on the interior and an optional second-row bench to add one extra seat for a total of seven. The R-Class continues to use either a gasoline 3.5-liter V-6 good for 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque or a 3.0-liter BlueTEC turbo diesel good for 211 horsepower.
Also appearing on the Mercedes-Benz stand, but with no fanfare whatsoever, was the 2011 S63 AMG. Starting at $133,550, the new S63 offers a hand-built 518-horsepower 6.3-liter V-8 with 465 pound-feet, which it sends to the pavement via a seven-speed automatic transmission. 60 mph is met in just 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 186 mph. In addition to the blistering performance, the AMG package also adds 20-inch five-spoke wheels, carbon-fiber and piano-black interior trim, a special steering wheel, top-tier seating, a special instrument cluster, high-performance brakes, a sport exhaust system and subtle aerodynamic trim.
Stay tuned for more of our live coverage of the 2010 New York Auto Show straight from the Big Apple show floor.