Leave it up to those crazy Germans: Mercedes-Benz tuner Binz has just rolled out its latest model, the super-extra-long Binz Xtend conversion for the E-Class wagon. Yes, you heard correctly, this is a super-long-wheelbase E-Class wagon.
Binz apparently first announced the Xtend back at the Essen Motor Show in 2010, and has now brought the almost-19-foot-long wagon to fruition. The company actually specializes in hearse conversions for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and offers hearses based on both the E-Class wagon and the Vito van.
The added length for the Xtend – which is not a hearse – comes thanks to a 31.7-inch stretch in the chassis between the rear doors and the rear axle. At 224.4 inches, that makes the Binz Xtend two inches longer than a Chevrolet Suburban and two feet longer than a Mercedes GL550, but still 2.3 inches shorter than the gargantuan Ford Excursion and over two feet shorter than a Ram 3500 Crew Cab with the eight-foot box. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the average hearse is around 19.5 feet long.
Binz will initially offer the Xtend wagon with the same range of engines available on the un-stretched car: a 240-hp E250 CDI diesel, a 292-hp E350 with a gas V-6, or the V-8-powered 388-hp E500. According to Autoblog.nl, buyers can discuss with Binz about installing a different powerplant; we see nothing wrong with using the 518-hp bi-turbo V-8 from the E63 AMG to make this extra-long wagon extra-powerful. Binz is also offering a special-edition called the X-Orange that will come with racing seats with four-point harnesses and dressed in a retina-searing hue of, you guessed it, bright orange.
We’ve no word yet on pricing or availability of the X-Orange, but the standard Xtend fetches around €80,000 ($98,080).